Tip Atletico Madrid - Chelsea
Atletico Madrid have had it tough in their recent matches, and a loss to Levante in La Liga placed in jeopardy their targets this season ahead of the home clash with Chelsea in the Champions League. The Spanish side suffered a 2-0 loss at home to Levante on Saturday and will have a lot to improve on when they host Chelsea in Bucharest. Known for their defensive mettle, Atleti have failed badly in recent matches, keeping just one clean sheet in 10 and none in the last seven. It couldn’t get better in the Levante loss, with defender Jose Maria Gimenez getting injured. That loss marked the third time in five matches that Atletico have conceded two goals and it was their second straight winless game at home. In the Champions League group stages, Atletico managed to get through with just two wins, but they’re unbeaten five. The hosts have a 13-match unbeaten run at home in the Champions League. Their last loss came in 2017, and it was against Chelsea. This time they play at a neutral venue, and maybe that could be the break they need. Apart from missing Gimenez, Atletico will also be without Yannick Carrasco and Hector Herrera for the game.
Chelsea’s winning run was halted in their last game as they drew 1-1 with Southampton. They had five straight wins before the Southampton clash, and head to this clash unbeaten in eight matches. New manager Thomas Tuchel has done well so far but against Atletico it will be a new kind of test – his strongest opponent so far. The coach will hope the controversy over his comments on Callum Hudson Odoi after the Southampton game do not blow up in the squad. The forward was withdrawn just 30 minutes after being sent on at the start of the second half and cut a forlorn figure as he sat back among the reserves. Chelsea are however on a four-match unbeaten streak away from home, which they’ll be hoping to extend. They’re unbeaten in six Champions League matches, having won four of their group stage matches, and kept four clean sheets in the process. The Blues have three straight away wins in the Champions League, with 10 goals, and just one conceded. They will go to this game without the injured Thiago Silva, but Kai Havertz could return from injury.
Key points Atletico Madrid - Chelsea
Atletico Madrid are winless in their last two home matches.
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight matches.
Chelsea have three straight away wins in Champions League.
Atletico Madrid have no clean sheet in seven straight matches.
Atletico Madrid drew in four of their six group stage matches.
Conclusion Atletico Madrid - Chelsea
Atletico Madrid have struggled a bit in recent matches and they’ve lacked their killer instinct as they head to this game. They’ve been failing defensively and injuries haven’t helped much. Chelsea, on the other hand, are enjoying a good run of form, and are unbeaten in eight. They did well in the group stages and have three straight away wins in the Champions League. Chelsea was the last team to beat Atletico at home in this competition and they are favorites again going to this game, especially it being played at a neutral venue.
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Atletico Madrid Chelsea Prediction published on February 22, 2021