Atletico Madrid vs. Chelsea / Champions League – One of derbies of the Champions League second round will play two old rivals, Atletico Madrid and Chelsea from London which has two points more at the moment thanks to sound victory over Qarabag, while the Madrilenians drew away with Roma two weeks ago. The two teams met four years ago in the semi-final of Champions League and Atletico had an upper hand as it managed to win by 3-1 in London after 0-0 draw in Madrid. Begins: 27.09.2017 – 20:45 CET
We need to add here that the Madrilenians defeated the Blues at the beginning of 2012 by 4-1 in the UEFA Super Cupe, which means they are one of rare teams that can boast with positive score against Chelsea in recent history. Right because of all that and ever better results in Spanish championship, where Atletico Madrid had three-game winning streak, coach Simeone players have all rights to be optimistic on Wednesday evening in their first European match at their new stadium Wanda Metropolitano.
The Madrilenians are under increased pressure after they won just won points from the away match with Roma in the first round of Champions League. They totally dominated the match but weren’t focused enough in attack so the match ended goalless. On the other hand , Atletico won three following matches in La Liga; over Malaga, Bilbao and Sevilla and still occupies the second place in the table having four points fewer than leading Barcelona. Let’s add that currently out of action is only injured midfielder Fernandez.
Probable lineups Atletico Madrid: Oblak – Juanfran, Savic, Godin, Filipe Luis – Koke, Thomas, Gabi, Niguez – Griezmann, Correa
Just like their great rival from Madrid the reigning champions of England are in very good mood ahead of this match, given they have seven-game unbeaten streak of even six wins and one draw. Only Arsenal managed to pull off one point from Stamford Bridge in that period, as it tied the result 0-0, while coach Conte players had won all 12 points from remaining four league matches and at the moment they occupy the third place in the table, having three points fewer than leading duo from Manchester.
Besides, Conte’s team showed what it can in the first round of Champions League when it defeated Azerbaijani Qarabag at home by even 6-0. Nottingham Forrest did just a bit better in the League Cup as it lost at Samford Bridge by 5-1. However, they are well aware in Chelsea that now against the Madrilenians they can expect a trench battle where the key facto will be defence. We need to add that only one players is out of action and that is injured midfielder Drinkwater.
Probable lineups Chelsea: Courtois – Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill – Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso – Pedro, Hazard – Morata
Atletico Madrid – Chelsea PICK
Given that both teams are among the best in Europe in regard to defensive game it is quite logical why we expect that duel of two old rivals be a very tough and not overly efficient match.
Pick: under 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.70 at interwetten (down to 1.65 can be played)