In this article, Chelsea v Real Madrid: Preview, Team News, Injuries & Suspension, Prediction
Football fans around the world are eagerly anticipating the upcoming Champions League Quarter Final match between Chelsea and Real Madrid. As two of the biggest names in European football, both teams have a lot to play for and fans are expecting an exciting match. Real Madrid won the first leg 2-0, with goals from Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio. Real Madrid will be looking to secure a place in the semi-finals, while Chelsea will be hoping to overturn the two-goal deficit.
Chelsea v Real Madrid Preview
The first leg of the Chelsea vs. Real Madrid semifinal match was held on April 13th at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano in Madrid, where Real Madrid beat the Blues by 2-0.
Both teams are having a different form, Madrid is coming off impressive performances in their leagues, whereas Chelsea is struggling to win a game. The Blues are currently sitting in eleventh place in the Premier League table, while Real Madrid is in second place in La Liga.
Chelsea and Real Madrid have played against each other only eight times in history. Chelsea has won four, drawn two, and lost two of those matches. On average, both teams have scored 3.43 goals per match. Real Madrid has won only two of those meetings.
Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Match Timings
The Chelsea vs Real Madrid Champions League match is scheduled to start at 9:00 PM Central European Summer Time (CEST), which is the local time in Madrid where the match will be held.
For fans in the United Kingdom and Ireland, the match will start at 8:00 PM British Summer Time (BST).
In the United States, fans can watch the match at 12:00 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST) or 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST).
It’s always important to double-check the start time of the match in your own time zone to ensure you don’t miss any of the action.
Chelsea v Real Madrid: History
Chelsea and Real Madrid have played against each other eight times in history. Chelsea has won four, drawn two, and lost two of their previous contests with Real Madrid. The first meeting between the two teams was in the UEFA European Cup Winners Cup in 1971, where they drew 1-1 in the first leg and Chelsea won 2-1 in the second leg. The most recent meeting was in the first leg of the quarter-final of the Champions League in 2021, where Real Madrid won 2-0. The two teams will face each other again in the quarter-final second leg of the Champions League in 2023.
Overall, Chelsea has a better head-to-head record against Real Madrid. However, the past results do not guarantee the outcome of the upcoming match. Both teams have a strong squad and will be looking to win the match to progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League.
It will be an exciting match to watch, and the fans of both teams will be hoping for their team’s victory
Chelsea v Real Madrid : Injuries & Suspension
Real Madrid will not have any injury concerns for the match, except for long-term absentee Ferland Mendy. David Alaba has recovered from a nasty injury and is expected to be available for the match. Chelsea, on the other hand, will be without Armando Broja, Kai Havertz, and Carney Chukwuemeka due to injuries, while Ben Chilwell is suspended after being sent off in the first leg.
Both teams are expected to field their strongest lineups for the match.
Chelsea’s predicted XI (4-3-3): Kepa; James, Fofana, Silva, Cucurella; E. Fernandez, Kante, Kovacic; Mudryk, Havertz, Felix.
Real Madrid’s predicted XI (4-3-3): Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Camavinga; Modric, Valverde, Kroos; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.
Both Chelsea and Real Madrid are known for their defensive solidity, and it’s likely that this match will be a cagey affair with few clear-cut chances. However, we believe that Real Madrid will have the edge in this tie due to their recent form and the absence of key players for Chelsea.
Our prediction for this leg is a 1-0 win for Real Madrid, with Vini Jr scoring the decisive goal which will see Real Madrid advance to the final with a 3-0 aggregate scoreline.