Stamford Bridge will host another crucial semi-final between Chelsea and Real Madrid on Wednesday, May 5. A week ago, the two teams played out a 1-1 draw in Spain, meaning that Chelsea have an advantage of an away goal.
The two clubs have faced each other 6 times in the European competitions, with each team winning 2 games. So, the upcoming battle will determine a temporary leader.
Their first meeting took place at the Cup Winners’ Cup back in 1971. Then, the British club turned out to be better, winning 3-2 on aggregate.
Their second H2H game happened only 27 years later! In August 1998, the Blues dominated again, beating Los Blancos 1-0. Real Madrid finally managed to outplay Chelsea in the International Champions Cup finals in 2013 and 2016.
The reverse fixture between the clubs ended in a 1-1 draw. Now, it’s the time to see who’ll qualify for the final.
The team has been revived under Thomas Tuchel’s stewardship. Having demonstrated excellent results of late, now Chelsea are in 4th place in the Premier League standings, with only two points separating them from the top-3. Given their pretty solid position among the leaders, Chelsea can focus on the upcoming clash against Zidane’s squad.
Los Blancos’ situation is a little more problematic. Currently Real Madrid sit in 2nd spot of the La Liga table, but the 3rd-placed Barcelona have the same number of points. Besides, Sevilla from the 4th place are breathing down their neck.
Zinedine Zidane has to decide how to allocate resources between the Champions League and La Liga.
Bookies tend to believe that Chelsea will hold their ground in this fixture, offering the odds of 2.215 on their victory. Los Blancos will need to work hard to confront Tuchel’s troops. The odds on Real Madrid’s win – 3.44.
If you are tempted to put your money on a draw, the odds are 1 to 3.36. Who do you think will get to the final?