Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea betting tips
This article covers Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea betting tips and predictions.
Also included is a thorough Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea betting preview.
Note: All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea: Match details
Match: Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: February 23, 2021
Kick-off time: 8:00 pm, February 23, 2021 (UK time)
Stadium: Arena Nationala
Betting prediction: Atletico Madrid 1-1 Chelsea
There is no better side in all of Europe when it comes to nullifying their opposition than Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid. The Spanish side still sits atop the La Liga table, but an unexpected 2-0 defeat at home to Levante may have knocked them down a peg at the right time when they come to grips with Chelsea, who are also coming off a disappointing weekend and their 1-1 draw with Saints. It’s an intriguing tactical battle on paper, but one that could very easily end in stalemate.
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea: Recommended bets
Result/Both Teams to Score: Draw – Yes
Both Atlético Madrid and Chelsea have enough firepower in their squads to reduce the likelihood of being blanked by the other, but the often uncertain nature in first-legs in the knockout stage could see the pair slightly hesitant. Atléti will always be difficult to break down regardless, while Chelsea still can be their own worst enemy and are not their best version under Tuchel yet.
Total Goals/Both Teams to Score: Under 2.5 – Yes
This goes hand-in-hand with the overall predicted bet on the day. Chelsea, in fact, did not come up against goal-scoring difficulties in the group stage, but that was when they were a little more settled and in good times under Frank Lampard. Atléti had a more difficult group stage campaign and is not consistently as high-scoring as some of their contemporaries.
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea: What are the betting odds?
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea – recent form and head to head statistics
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|May 22, 2021||LaLiga 20/21||Real Valladolid||1 - 2||Atletico Madrid|
|May 16, 2021||LaLiga 20/21||Atletico Madrid||2 - 1||CA Osasuna|
|May 12, 2021||LaLiga 20/21||Atletico Madrid||2 - 1||Real Sociedad|
|May 8, 2021||LaLiga 20/21||FC Barcelona||0 - 0||Atletico Madrid|
|May 1, 2021||LaLiga 20/21||Elche CF||0 - 1||Atletico Madrid|
|May 29, 2021||UEFA Champions League 20/21||Manchester City FC||0 - 1||Chelsea FC|
|May 23, 2021||Premier League 20/21||Aston Villa FC||2 - 1||Chelsea FC|
|May 18, 2021||Premier League 20/21||Chelsea FC||2 - 1||Leicester City FC|
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|May 12, 2021||Premier League 20/21||Chelsea FC||0 - 1||Arsenal FC|
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|March 17, 2021||UEFA Champions League 20/21||Chelsea FC||2 - 0||Atletico Madrid|
|February 23, 2021||UEFA Champions League 20/21||Atletico Madrid||0 - 1||Chelsea FC|
|December 5, 2017||UEFA Champions League 17/18||Chelsea FC||1 - 1||Atletico Madrid|
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Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea: Match preview
Coming into the month of February, Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid was – apart from Manchester City and Bayern Munich – easily one of the best sides in Europe regarding domestic form. In red-hot form for the vast majority of the 2020-21 La Liga campaign, Los Rojiblancos went on two separate extended winning runs in the league lasting seven and eight matches respectively, sandwiching a loss to capital rivals Real Madrid back on December 12th.
But their recent form has hit a bit of a snag of late. Atléti has registered just one win in their last four league outings (1-2-1) and is coming into their date with Chelsea off that unexpected loss against Levante. Simeone’s men now sit just three points clear of Real Madrid but still maintain a match in hand on their city rivals. Their dip in form of late could be a potential concern considering their rocky Champions League group stage campaign as well. They finished well-off group-topping Bayern by seven points and were second-best throughout after the Bavarians dispatched them 4-0 on matchday one. A pair of disappointing draws against Lokomotiv Moscow compounded their struggles in the tournament, which was in stark contrast to their brilliant domestic form throughout the current season.
Perhaps the biggest concern for Simeone will be his side’s inability to find any semblance of consistency in the final third during the group stage, with Los Rojiblancos finding the back of the net just seven times in six matches while surrendering eight to their opposition. Four of those did come against Bayern in one blow, however, and five total in their combined home and away fixtures, but despite Luis Suárez’s goal-scoring feats in the league this term, he has not translated that to Europe. The Uruguayan international has failed to find a single goal in Europe this term, with Joao Félix leading the clubs’ goal chart in the competition. If Atléti is to have a decent chance of progressing through the knockout stage, Suárez will have to find his footing quickly.
Balance and consistency issues still plague Chelsea despite managerial change
After their 1-1 draw at the weekend against Southampton at St. Mary’s stadium, Chelsea still very much remain a side lacking polish. The managerial change that saw club legend Frank Lampard sacked and replaced with Thomas Tuchel was a move that was sensible overall. While the Blues earned results in the early days under the tutelage of the German tactician, similar issues that were seen under Lampard still remain.
Despite the money spent this summer, and the quality on offer through the Blues squad, there has really not been the feeling that their performance levels have matched the investment or expected returns from players like Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, and a handful of others. The biggest issue unquestionably comes by way of a real lack of balance still plaguing the team, and the struggle to achieve it is one that is currently perplexing Tuchel in a similar manager that eventually condemned Lampard to the unemployment line.
Questions can be asked about if there was a real goal behind Chelsea’s spending spree or whether it was simply a club bringing in names and hope they stuck, but their Champions League group stage campaign did in fact come off quite well despite all the issues that have cropped up this term. Posting a 4-2-0 record in group play and just edging Sevilla for the top spot, their fourteen goals scored and just two allowed represented the second-best goal difference of the round. With Tuchel, they have a manager who hopefully could tweak the system enough to make a push in Europe and look to find the margins that come with trying to solve the tactical riddles the opposition is sure to ask. But the question of balance will undoubtedly pop up once more, and the Champions League is a competition where balance is king.
When it works for Chelsea, it comes off quite well. And though the balance and level of consistency are still in question, they do have quite a few potential match-winners in the team. If Tuchel can find any sort of tactical balance quickly, they do have the firepower and overall ability to make more noise than many may expect.
Atletico Madrid team news vs Chelsea
Diego Simeone will have to tackle Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea without José Giménez, Yannick Carrasco, and Sime Vrsaljko.
Kieran Trippier will also miss the home-leg in Bucharest as he continues to serve an ongoing suspension, so expect Marcos Llorente to continue to deputize in his place.
Hector Herrera continues to miss out on selection for Los Rojiblancos after testing positive for Covid-19 earlier this month.
Chelsea team news vs Atletico Madrid
Thiago Silva continues to remain the only absentee for Thomas Tuchel as the German tactician has a near-full squad to rely on for their European away-day.
Though Kai Havertz is officially back in training, it’s unlikely that he will be called upon for the matchday XI.
With their key-clash against Manchester United five days after their night in Bucharest, Tuchel may not tinker too much and could rely on a consistent XI in a bid to keep continuity.
Predicted Atletico Madrid line-up vs Chelsea
Predicted Chelsea line-up vs Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea – Official video
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This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.
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