Atletico Madrid v Chelsea predictions: Champions League preview, line-ups & betting tips
Wednesday night’s clash is expected to be a close one. Both sides head into the game in promising form.
Chelsea have scored four or more goals in three of their last four games, but they face an Atletico side that are yet to lose this season.
Atletico Madrid v Chelsea: Champions League preview
Premier League champions Chelsea travel to Spain to take on Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.
The match will be the first ever European game at Atletico’s brand new Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Atletico have won both of their first two matches at the 67,000-seater stadium, including Saturday’s 2-0 win over Sevilla. Goals from Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann helped the Spanish side to a third straight win.
Diego Simeone’s side are yet to lose a match this season and are currently 2nd in La Liga, four points behind leaders Barcelona.
Last year’s semi-finalists were held to a 0-0 draw in their opening match away at Roma.
Chelsea, meanwhile, cruised to a 6-0 home win over Group C minnows Qarabag. Pedro, Davide Zappacosta, Cesar Azpilicueta, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Michy Batshuayi all got their names on the scoresheet.
Antonio Conte’s side extended their unbeaten run to seven matches on Saturday, beating Stoke 4-0 at the bet365 Stadium. Alvaro Morata bagged his first hat-trick for the club, with Pedro adding another. Morata actually began his youth career with Atletico in 2005.
Atletico Madrid team news v Chelsea: Torres reunion
Augusto Fernandez is back in training for the home side following a hamstring injury, but Wednesday’s game may come too soon for the midfielder.
Filipe Luis and Fernando Torres are both in line to face their old club.
Chelsea team news v Atletico Madrid: Courtois OK
Conte confirmed that Marcos Alonso is fine and that withdrawal at the weekend was a tactical one.
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been given the all-clear following a head injury and is expected to start against his former club.
David Luiz’s suspension only applies to domestic matches, but there’s a slight chance the Brazilian could still miss out due to a wrist injury picked up against Arsenal.
Danny Drinkwater missed Saturday’s win with a calf injury and is targeting a return after the international break. The former Leicester midfielder is yet to make his debut for the Blues.
Diego Costa won’t be involved as he seeks a move away from Stamford Bridge. The Chelsea striker will most likely be rooting for his former (and likely future) employers.
Chelsea predicted line-up v Atletico Madrid