Chelsea–Real Madrid: Preview, head-to-head, prediction

On Tuesday night, Chelsea will play against Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final. They have the challenging mission of trying to win by three goals against the current European champions. The teams will face each other again at Stamford Bridge, with Real Madrid holding a 2-0 lead from their previous game at Santiago Bernabeu. Despite Frank Lampard’s return to Chelsea, the team has not been performing well lately.

Chelsea–Real Madrid match preview

Real Madrid have a track record of success in the UEFA Champions League, having progressed from 18 out of 19 ties where they won the first leg by two or more goals. Their only failure in this scenario was in the 2003-04 quarter-final against Monaco, where they lost on away goals after winning 4-2 in the first leg and losing 3-1 in the second leg. Real Madrid are experienced in holding onto their advantage in such situations.

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Chelsea, on the other hand, have a good home record in the Champions League, having lost only one of their last ten home games (winning eight and drawing one). However, this defeat came against Real Madrid last season at Stamford Bridge. Real Madrid are seen as the favorites to win against Chelsea in this leg, even though they do not need to win to progress.

Chelsea possible starting lineup:

Kepa; James, Fofana, Silva, Cucurella; Fernandez, Kante, Kovacic; Mudryk, Havertz, Felix

Real Madrid possible starting lineup:

Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Camavinga; Modric, Valverde, Kroos; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius Jr

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Head-to-head record

Real Madrid has the better record against Chelsea, having won five of their eight matches. The Blues have won two games while another match ended in a draw.

  • Real Madrid wins: 5
  • Chelsea FC wins: 2
  • Draws: 1

Chelsea–Real Madrid prediction

Chelsea fans may want to follow Liverpool’s lead in creating a lively atmosphere at Stamford Bridge, especially after seeing Real Madrid’s defenders struggle at Anfield. However, this is unlikely to intimidate Carlo Ancelotti’s team.

While it is possible that Chelsea may adopt an attacking approach and score some goals, Real Madrid’s strong lineup with well-rested key players should allow them to progress to the final four and end Chelsea’s hopes of ending their troubled campaign on a high note in Europe.

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Prediction: Chelsea 1-2 Real Madrid

Date, kick-off time, venue

The UEFA Champions League match between Chelsea and Real Madrid will be played at 8pm BST on Tuesday, April 18, 2023. The match will take place at Stamford Bridge in London.

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