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Real Madrid vs. Chelsea 2021 Champions League Odds and Preview

By Hank Blaine

These two teams are no strangers to one another, but’s been quite a while since they’ve stepped on the same field. They’ve battled in 1971 during the Cup Winner’s Cup final and the 1998 UEFA Super Cup final.

As of now, Chelsea holds the lead in the series, winning two of those three matches. In 2021, we head into their fourth encounter, this time in UEFA Champions League semifinals. Who will take their first step into the finals? We’re going to take deep dive into this matchup between Real Madrid vs. Chelsea, along with the latest Champions League odds, expert preview and prediction.

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Real Madrid vs. Chelsea Game Info

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Why is Real Madrid a safe bet in Game 1?

This is Real Madrid’s 25th Champions League campaign, making it their 51st European Cup campaign, more than any other team in the tournament. They are no strangers to the competition. Their 13 championships speak for themselves.

It is Madrid’s 14th appearance in the tournament’s semifinal, having two more appearances than Barcelona and Bayern Munich. They head into this part of the competition winning their last three semifinal ties, with lost five of the previous six games. They’ve also won the last six of eight Champions League games, losing only seven of their last 21 games.

Los Merengues have faced the Blues more than any other team in all competitions with winning, with one draw and two losses. So they will definitely be looking to finally add a win in this series.

Recent Performance

  • Form: WDDWD
  • Latest: Draw, 0-0 vs. Real Betis (24/04)
  • Current Standing: 2nd Place of la Liga

Possible Line-Up

  • Courtois
  • Carvajal
  • Varane
  • Militão
  • Nacho
  • Casemiro
  • Kroos
  • Modrić
  • Vinícius Jr
  • Benzema
  • Asensio

Why is Chelsea a safe bet in Game 1?

This is the 17th appearance by the Blues in the competition, their third in for yours. It’s also their 14th appearance in the semifinals, with a record of six win and seven losses. Their seven victories this season push their wins to 10 in the last 17 tournament matches.

Their performance during the group phase us superb, winning their groups 12 times. But playing against Spanish teams during European competition hasn’t been that great. They’ve met 12 times with a Spanish club, only to win a total of three times, with four draws and five losses included.

Some of the players to keep an eye of our for are Hakim Ziyech, who’s been involved in six goals in his seven starts, with four goals and two assists. It’s not his first time scoring against Real Madrid. Also, goalkeeper Mendy has only allowed two goals in his first nine Champions League appearances.

Recent Performance

  • Form: WLWDW
  • Latest: Win, 1-0 vs. West Ham (24/04)
  • Current Standing: 5th place Place of Premier League

Possible Line-Up

  • Mendy
  • Azpilicueta
  • Thiago Silva
  • Rüdiger
  • James
  • Jorginho
  • Kanté
  • Chilwell
  • Mount
  • Havertz
  • Werner

Real Madrid vs. Chelsea Champions League Betting Trends

  • Real Madrid hasn’t lost in 10 competitive matches.
  • Real Madrid hasn’t kept a clean sheet.
  • Real Madrid has scored 10 goals in the last five home games.
  • Chelsea hasn’t lost in three games.
  • Chelsea has kept three clean sheets in three games.
  • Chelsea has lost two of the last ten games.

Real Madrid vs. Chelsea Betting Prediction

Even though this part of the tournament is nothing new for the former champions, Real Madrid head into the game still missing key players, such as Eden Hazard, who might be back just in time for this matchup. Also, their defense is really tightening things up since Sergio Ramos isn’t there as well. They need to tale advantage of the home field and make game 2 tough for the Blues.

On the other hand, Chelsea are on a roll with just two losses heading into the game. They might bring that tough spot for Madrid and could take a slight advantage back home in Game 2. There’s no doubt these two teams will give it all on the field.

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*All stated odds are subject to change without prior notice.