The Champions League is taking shape as a tournament that pins the more probable winners against each other whilst the team statistically ’less likely’ to win it face each other. That could potentially bring about a surprise or two into the late stages of the competition, but that’s what we love about the Champions League.
In this blog, we will focus on the tie between Real Madrid and Chelsea. The two clubs will face each other for the third year in a row—they had met in the semi-final in 2020/21, the quarter-final in 2021/22 and they will meet again this year. We are looking forward to the goals and drama that these two upcoming games will bring. Join LV BET Sports Blog as we preview all the Champions League games until the Final in Istanbul. Follow us on Twitter for more betting opportunities.
Real Madrid and the Champions League can be considered a love story, with the Spanish team winning the title a record 14 times. The pedigree of Los Blancos in the Champions League cannot be understated, especially when it comes to crucial games in the late stages of the tournament, the odds of Real Madrid lifting the title for the 15th time are priced at 6.50. Last season, they weren’t favoured by the bookies, but comebacks against Manchester City and Chelsea placed them in the final, which they narrowly won against Liverpool.
Carlo Ancelotti and his Galactico stars look to once again knock out an English club from the Champions League to progress to the semi-finals. There might be rumours that it might be the last for Ancelotti in Madrid, but that will surely not affect his focus. Domestically, they haven’t been at the same level as FC Barcelona this year,—it will pain them to watch their rivals win La Liga—but the money is in the Champions League.
The Bernabeu is undergoing maintenance works, so it won’t be at full capacity, but that won’t hinder the dominance of Real Madrid on that pitch. Confidence will be running high, but they will have to work hard to crack the Chelsea defence. A 1-0 victory for Madrid is priced at 5.60, with both teams to score at 1.80.
Chelsea is in a transition period after new owner Todd Boehly recruited Graham Potter to replace Thomas Tuchel, together with what looked like every player in the transfer window. A team which had a lot of incoming players needs time to gel together and strike partnerships, and we are starting to see Chelsea’s strengths in recent games. Despite a very poor Premier League campaign, where they stand 10th in the standings with just 29 goals scored, progress can be seen in terms of performances and results.
For most of the time at the Signal Iduna Park, Chelsea dominated play but lacked the finishing touches to score, but at Stamford Bridge, they made amends and recovered their one-goal deficit. At the Bridge, it was all Chelsea; the midfield pairing of Enzo Fernandez and Mateo Kovacic controlled the tempo of the game and ran the show for the Blues.
Kai Havertz is growing into the role of a striker with his silky skills and awareness, benefitting the wingers and late runs into the box, rather than him scoring typical number nine goals. Joao Felix has had a brilliant loan spell; he looked lively and created a lot of chances and could well be the player to cause trouble to that Real Madrid defensive line. Chelsea to score first is priced at 2.55, whilst an entertaining draw of 1-1 is valued at 5.60.
Real Madrid are well favoured to come out winners in Madrid at 1.85, whilst Chelsea are at 4.20, and a draw comes in at 3.55.
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*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of publishing