Real Madrid will look to seek revenge for last season’s Champions League semi-final exit when they face defending champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
CHELSEA STATS, FORM, SQUAD
Despite the continued uncertainty surrounding Chelsea ownership, Thomas Tuchel managed to keep the momentum going with a string of positive results. However, their six-game unbeaten run in all competitions come to an end in such bitterly disappointing fashion as they lost 4-1 to Brentford. Defender Toni Ruediger put the Blues ahead with a smashing hit but they were made to pay for losing concentration and conceded thrice in ten minutes. Head Coach Thomas Tuchel will look to build confidence ahead of the Real Madrid task. Chelsea already had one foot firmly in the last eight after claiming a 2-0 win against Lille on home soil before their trip to the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, where Burak Yilmaz’s spot-kick gave Lille a slight glimmer of hope but Christian Pulisic and Cesar Azpilicueta scored to dash Lille’s dream of a comeback. Chelsea enter this first leg having won each of their last six home games in the Champions League with clean sheets. Defender Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi are out injured. Christain Pulisic, Reece James, Jorginho, and Kovacic are expected to return to the starting lineup. Predicted lineup: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Ziyech, Havertz, Pulisic. Hot Stat: Kai Havertz has scored each of his last four club goals after the 50th minute. Thomas Tuchel is unbeaten against Spanish opponents (W4 D5).
REAL MADRID STATS, FORM, SQUAD
Real Madrid managed to bounce back from a shocking 4-0 defeat against rivals Barcelona with a controversial 2-1 win against Celta Vigo at the weekend. Everything seemed lost and out for Real Madrid when Kylian Mbappe scored the opening goal to put his side 2-0 up on aggregate but fellow prolific Frenchman Karim Benzema’s timeless qualities shone through, as the 34-year-old took advantage of PSG’s defensive lapses to net a quickfire hat-trick to produce a phenomenal comeback and keep the Champions League dream alive for Carlo Ancelotti’s men. Real Madrid have lost just twice in their last ten games in all competitions with five clean sheets. Carlo Ancelotti will be without the services of Eden Hazard after undergoing an operation. Striker Luka Jovic is a major doubt. Dani Carvajal is set to displace Lucas Vazquez at right-back. Predicted lineup: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius.
ACCUMULATOR TIP: OVER 1.5
ANYTIME GOALSCORER: KARIM BENZEMA