Chelsea go up against the defending champions as they welcome Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge. The Blues have a mountain to climb after a 2-0 first-leg deficit. Will Frank Lampard's men upset the odds? Don't miss our Chelsea vs Real Madrid predictions with bet builder tips, best odds, line-ups, team news, sign-up offers and the latest free bets!
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Chelsea vs Real Madrid will take place at Stamford Bridge in London.
The match is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off on Tuesday, April 18, 2023.
In the UK, the game will be televised live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage beginning at 7pm BST.
Chelsea vs Real Madrid Betting PreviewChelsea have lost three-from-three since Frank Lampard was appointed as caretaker manager. Their 2-0 defeat at the Bernabeu in the first leg is sandwiched between a 1-0 defeat at Wolverhampton and a 2-1 home loss at the hands of Brighton. The Blues are now winless in six successive matches since a 3-1 triumph over Leicester under Graham Potter. They sit 11th in the Premier League standings, with zero chances to play next season's European football despite mammoth investments.
A 2-0 win against Cadiz at the weekend allowed Real Madrid to cut the gap to Barcelona down to 10 points in La Liga table. Since their hopes of regaining the domestic title are thin, Carlo Ancelotti's men are fully focused on the Champions League. In the first leg, the Blancos punished Chelsea either side of the interval courtesy of goals scored by Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio. They have never lost to Chelsea by two or more goals and have progressed in 18 of the 19 Champions League ties that they’ve led by two goals after the first leg - only falling to eventual runners-up Monaco in 2003-04.
Chelsea (4-3-3): Kepa; James, Fofana, Silva, Cucurella; E. Fernandez, Kante, Kovacic; Mudryk, Havertz, Felix
Ben Chilwell is banned after being sent off in Madrid while Kalidou Koulibaly has joined Carney Chukwuemeka and Armando Broja on the sidelines. Marc Cucurella will start at left-back. The likes of Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante, Reece James, Mateo Kovacic and Joao Felix are all expected to return after being rested last time out. Mikhailo Mudryk is in contention with Raheem Sterling for the remaining berth up-front while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Benoit Badiashile, David Datro Fofana and Noni Madueke are all ineligible.
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Camavinga; Modric, Valverde, Kroos; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.
Vinicius Junior and Toni Kroos were both unavailable over the weekend but they are likely to recover in time to feature here. The Brazilian will complete the front trio alongside Rodrygo and Karim Benzema while the German will start in the middle of the park with Federico Valverde and Luka Modric. Eder Militao and David Alaba should get the nod over Antonio Rudiger for the centre back roles, while Eduardo Camavinga could be utilised at left-back since Ferland Mendy is injured.
Chelsea vs Real Madrid Betting Tips
Although Real Madrid are not firing all cylinders, there is a huge gap between these two teams. The Spanish giants are 100% focused on clinching their 15th Champions League cup this season, since Barcelona are almost unreachable in the domestic league.
We expect the Blancos to get at least a draw, but wouldn't be surprised to see them inflicting Frank Lampard's men another defeat.
The scoreline could be the same of the first leg, a 2-0 victory for the Galacticos. A supremacy that should also reflected in the "most corners" betting market.
As to players betting, we pick Mateo Kovacic to be carded.
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