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Real Madrid vs Chelsea in the Champions League on Apr 7. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

Real Madrid vs Chelsea in the Champions League on Apr 7. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

Chelsea were penciled in as pre-match favourites ahead of their first leg clash with Real Madrid last Wednesday, but a Karim Benzema-inspired away side stunned Stamford Bridge with an excellent performance to take the opener 3-1 in London.

A last-four place is Real’s to lose now, but Chelsea are certainly not out of the tie and we should have an open, entertaining game in Madrid as Thomas Tuchel’s men look to address a daunting two-goal deficit.

The Blues have been in good away form and have the weapons to hurt Madrid, but can they keep the backdoor shut as the game opens up?

Continue reading for our full match preview and expert football betting tips.

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Over/Under Away TeamOver 1.5
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Chelsea to win Either Half

One thing that is for certain is that Chelsea will have to give this one a real go.

They’ll need to throw caution to the wind at some point in this game, whether that be from the first whistle, or if they wait until the second half to chuck the kitchen sink at it.

And their away record should give them the belief that they can get back into this tie. Prior to their very winnable Premier League clash at Southampton on Saturday, Chelsea have won each of their last eight on the road in all competitions.

Real host struggling Getafe a few days before this one, in what will be their first game at the Bernabeu since a 4-0 humbling from Barcelona before the last international break. They’re also without a clean sheet at home since February, so the defensive door is certainly ajar for the Blues.

With all that in mind, we fancy Chelsea to make a game of it and win at least one half. At 21/20 (888sport) as well with most sports betting sites, it looks a decent bet for a side that simply has to go for it.

Real Madrid Form, squad news, opinion

It really was the Karim Benzema show at Stamford Bridge.

The 34-year-old is ageing like a fine wine and his two headed goals in his side’s first leg victory will almost certainly go down as Champions League classics.

It was also an excellent defensive display from the likes of David Alaba and Casemiro, who did a great job of shackling Mason Mount and Kai Havertz for the most part.

And they’ll be confident that they can get the job done on home soil this Tuesday. Sure, they’re likely to fall into the trap of being a little bit on the defensive side as they look to preserve their two-goal cushion, but Chelsea’s exuberance in attack will open up gaps for the dangerous Vinicius Jr and Benzema to exploit once again.

Isco has been struggling with a back problem but could return for the second leg, although the Bernabeu showdown will come too soon for Luka Jovic and former Chelsea man Eden Hazard.

Chelsea Form, squad news, opinion

They may have an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to but defeat to Real Madrid at this stage would spell the end of a disappointing season for Chelsea.

The Champions League winners have had more than their fair share of off-the-pitch issues to deal with, but on the field they were made to pay for sloppy mistakes at the back in the first leg, while in the Premier League, they’ve simply been miles off title-chasing Liverpool and Manchester City.

But adversity often brings out the best in this Chelsea side, who know that an early goal in the Spanish capital could throw this game wide open. With eight consecutive wins under their belt, they’re in the perfect shape to make a decent fist of this one.

The only significant injury absentee for this one is Ben Chilwell, who has been out since November with a serious knee injury and will be on the treatment table until next season.

History

Tuesday’s second leg will be the seventh meeting between these two European giants, and you may be surprised to discover that Real’s first leg win was the first time they’ve ever beaten Chelsea.

Both sides have scored in all three clashes at the Bernabeu, with a 2-1 Chelsea win in 1951 falling between a couple of 1-1 draws.

About the Venue

The Santiago Bernabeu is right at the top of the stadium bucket list for football fans across the globe and the 81,000-seater is one of the most iconic grounds in world football.

The capacity has been slightly reduced as a result of ongoing renovation works but having suffered just four defeats at home in the last 15 months, it doesn’t seem to have affected Los Blancos.

Conclusion

If the first leg is anything to go by, we should be in for another cracker in Madrid.

Chelsea know that they have to come out all guns blazing, but we’ve seen that there’s a vulnerability about the visitors on the break that will play into the hands of a speedy, clinical Real attack.

The first goal will be crucial and if Real get it, it could well kill the tie, but we think they’ll take a more cautious approach in the early stages that will entice Chelsea into coming out and going for it.

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