This year’s Champions League semi-finals are each worthy of being called a final. With Atletico Madrid producing one of the biggest upsets by eliminating FC Barcelona, they now have to face Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, whom the bookies give a slight advantage to win and qualify for the final.
Atletico have just one problem in their squad: Courtois and the issue whether he can start against Chelsea or not. Simeone says he will start, Chelsea says they won’t forbid him to start, but when you stop and think that he’s the last barrier the Blues have to the final, will they really allow him to play? Atletico Madrid have also scored more goals this season than Chelsea did, which means they have to capitalize on their attack and on Diego Costa’s fitness to score first.
Chelsea just like their hosts on Tuesday are battling for the title, with the Blues with a much easier fixture than the other Premier League hopefuls. With Eden Hazard a doubt for the league match this weekend Jose Mourinho must find ways to replace him or hope he will be fit in time. Statistics wise Atletico is much stronger at home, they concede less, and their all-time record against English teams, are eight wins and eight draws with only five defeats.
Bet365 has almost even odds for both teams; they offer Atletico 1.80 odds to qualify and Chelsea 2.00. For this particular match an Atletico Madrid win is at 1.90, a Chelsea win at 4.20 and a draw at 3.25. Over 2.5 goals is at 2.40 and under 2.5 is at 1.53. We are going to bet 8 units on both teams to score at 2.20 with the same bookmaker.
Atletico Madrid: Team’s Formation
Chelsea London: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
both teams to score