Chelsea v Atletico Madrid Champions League Preview 05/12/2017
Chelsea face Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League on Tuesday night having already qualified for the last sixteen.
The Blues secured qualification with a comfortable victory over Qarabag, a team which has seriously dented Atletico’s hopes of progression. The Blues also gained a famous win in Spain when Michy Batshuayi netted with the final kick of the game.
Antonio Conte has been complaining of the busy fixture list and will be looking to rotate his squad again here. He will have to be careful not to lose this fixture as they could still be pipped to top spot by Roma. That would theoretically give them tougher opponents in the knockout phase.
Chelsea beat Newcastle 3-1 in Saturday’s early kick-off to maintain their position in third spot in the EPL. Manchester City seem to have already gone beyond recall but the Blues will be intent on securing a top four place. They have certainly improved considerably since N’Golo Kante returned from injury while Victor Moses was welcomed back against the Magpies. He was involved in two of the three goals and provides a further boost to Conte.
Eden Hazard rightly earned the plaudits in that game while Willian has also been in fine form. It is possible that Chelsea could start with Willian on this occasion, involved in all four goals in their previous Group fixture. Christiansen has also impressed recently and could keep David Luiz out of the starting line-up.
It is all or nothing for the Spaniards on Tuesday. They simply have to win and hope that Roma fail to do so in the other Group match. If Roma play as well as they did in both matches against Chelsea, a win over Qarabag should be a formality.
Antoine Griezmann scored a dramatic goal in the 2-0 win against Roma to keep their hopes alive. If Qarabag hold Roma to a draw and Atletico win, the Spanish side go through because of their superiority in the head-to-head fixtures.
Atletico beat Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2013-14, courtesy of a 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge. They also beat them in the 2012 Super Cup, a game that ended a 15-match unbeaten run for Chelsea against Spanish opposition. Chelsea’s only other home defeat against a Spanish side was Barcelona in 2005/06.
Atletico have not scored away from home in the Champions League so far this season, drawing 0-0 at Roma and Qarabag. Last season they ended the hopes of Leicester City with a 2-1 win away in the quarter-finals.
Champions League Betting Tips 05/12/2017
Chelsea v Atletico Madrid DRAW @3.5 Bet365