Tuchel’s Chelsea collides with Simeone’s Atletico Madrid in the Champions League for the second time after securing an emphatic 1-0 victory in the first leg of the Round of 16 fixtures.
Kick-off the second leg of Europe’s biggest club competition with a closer look at the Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid betting options with LV BET’s Sportsblog.
CHELSEA VS ATLETICO MADRID BETTING
Back in February, a spectacular overhead kick by Olivier Giroud – who is at 3/2 (2.50) to score again this Wednesday, proved to be the deciding factor the last time Chelsea faced off against the current La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.
In the time since, the Blues were able to hold their heads high while they endured a torrid Premier League fixture list, which included the likes of Manchester United (D, 0-0), Liverpool (W, 1-0) and Everton (W, 2-0). Although a 0-0 stalemate against Leeds United last weekend may not be the most encouraging result on paper ahead of a tough Champions League fixture, Chelsea’s rotated squad did manage to put up a fight and further their reputation of being a tough side to break down.
Since taking the reins from Frank Lampard towards the end of January, Thomas Tuchel has brought a sense of cohesion and an unbeaten run – conceding only twice since his arrival. With almost no chance to claim any domestic silverware, Chelsea fans will be hoping their team is capable of a European run similar to that of 11/12, in which they became the first London side to claim a Champions League trophy.
The first-leg loss back in February made it the third time that Chelsea beat Atletico Madrid in the Champions League competition – their joint-most against an opponent along with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.
Although at a disadvantage come this Wednesday, a 1-0 deficit is by no means an impossible task for Diego Simeone’s side to overcome. Similar to their upcoming rivals, Atletico Madrid have maintained course and impressed over a trying period, finding some decent form and refusing to lose against tough opponents in the league. While there is no doubt that their Champions League run is important, priorities for Los Colchoneros may be mixed, as for the first time since the 13/14 season, Atletico Madrid have moved within touching distance of their first La Liga title.
Keen to prove a point and claim as much silverware as he can with his second Spanish club, Luis Suarez is at 8/5 (2.60) to find the back of the net for the 19th time this season against Chelsea, while Atletico Madrid’s 142 million-dollar-man, Joao Felix is measured up at 12/5 (3.40) to help turn the tides for his side with a goal this Wednesday.
CHELSEA VS ATLETICO MADRID: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING ODDS
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