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It’s a case of déjà vu for Chelsea and Real Madrid this season in the Champions League as the two sides meet 11 months on from last season’s semi-final tussle.
It’s a round earlier this year in the quarter-finals, and with the legs reversed (Real Madrid now have the benefit of playing at home second) as Carlo Ancelotti attempts to gain revenge for Los Blancos over his former side.
This season’s quarter-finals will be only the sixth and seventh meeting between Chelsea and Real Madrid, with the Blues remaining unbeaten across their five previous clashes.
A spot against Manchester City or Atletico Madrid awaits the winner of this tie as both teams drag a combined 15 European Cups to Stamford Bridge for the opening leg on Wednesday.
Keep on reading for our expert football betting tips for the clash.
Los Blancos – and Karim Benzema – rolled back the years in the Last 16 as PSG were once again humiliated in their quest for Champions League glory.
A 3-1 home win against the Parisians underlined their ability to perform in Europe, with that win signalling an impressive five on the spin against an array of opposition.
But the Hyde to their Jekyll turned up 11 days after as they were trounced 4-0 at home to their bitter rivals Barcelona…
This predictable unpredictability of Real Madrid is becoming a real signature of Ancelotti’s recent reign, but we refuse to rule them out at the home of the current European kings.
Chelsea’s recent off-field turmoil has produced some real quality on the pitch, but the Blues have often struggled to get over the line at home this season.
Over winter they endured a run of five home score draws across seven matches and Madrid certainly have the capability to inflict more woe in west London.
We’re going for a weighty 15/4 (SportNation) – as well available with all of the reliable sports betting websites – for a score draw at Stamford Bridge as the Blues become frustrated by the 13-time winners.
Since news broke that Roman Abramovich was to be forced to sell Chelsea Football Club, Thomas Tuchel has orchestrated near perfection on the pitch.
It’s six wins on the spin for the Blues following a penalty shootout loss to Liverpool in the EFL Cup final and Chelsea look to be peaking at the perfect stage of the season once again.
It’s been a case of ‘back to basics’ for Tuchel, who has opted for Kai Havertz in attack rather than the misfiring £90 million man Romelu Lukaku.
Havertz has scored seven in his last nine outings for Chelsea and looks adept in leading a fluid front line alongside rotating partners.
Injuries to wing-backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell have no doubt stunted Chelsea’s aspirations this season but the Blues continue to be able to thrive in adversity – with Tuchel deserving much of the credit.
Cantering at the top of La Liga, Real Madrid can allow their focus to shift to the Champions League.
They’ve won a record 13 ‘big cups’ and you’d be foolish to write Ancelotti’s side off again as they go searching for an unlikely 14th.
In Benzema, Madrid have one of the most reliable and well-rounded strikers in world football at their mercy.
The Frenchman may be 34, but with 32 goals across all competitions this season, he is proving time and time again that he still has the ability and hunger to change games for Madrid.
This was no more evident than in their Last 16 second leg against PSG, where Benzema scored a hat-trick to drag Florentino Perez’s side into yet another European quarter-final at the expense of Lionel Messi et. al.
And their recent loss to Barcelona may well be a red herring – Madrid are still dangerous on their day and have a squad of experienced winners at their disposal.
In five previous meetings between these two sides, Chelsea have won three and drawn two against the European behemoths Real Madrid.
That’s including a Super Cup final, a two-legged Cup Winners Cup tie in the early 70s and last season’s Champions League semi-final.
There is also narrative dripping all over the pitch, with Mateo Kovacic, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois coming up against their former sides as well as Madrid boss Ancelotti making a return to Stamford Bridge.
Stamford Bridge has been the home of Chelsea Football Club since 1905 and is now up to a 42,000 capacity.
Real Madrid’s only previous appearance at Stamford Bridge came last season in a behind-closed-doors loss, courtesy of strikes from Timo Werner and Mason Mount.
Both sides are in pretty good form and have recent track records of heroics in the Champions League.
Chelsea’s defence hasn’t been as watertight as it was in their successful 2020-21 season and if Real Madrid are handed opportunities at Stamford Bridge, we expect them to be taken.
Marcos Alonso will be under pressure at left-back and the Blues will have to take their chances – something they have been guilty of not doing this season – if they are to take a lead to the Bernabeu.
With that in mind, a score draw looks like a good option in west London.