Kick-off: Wednesday, September 27 @ 7:45 PM GMT
Venue: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid)
Head to head record
Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid 1-3 (2013/2014 Champions League)
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea 0-0 (2013/2014 Champions League)
Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid 1-4 (2012 Uefa Super Cup)
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea 2-2 (2009/2010 Champions League)
Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid 4-0 (2009/2010 Champions League)
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea prediction
Atletico Madrid take on Chelsea in their first ever match in European competitions at new Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. The Blues rolled over Qarabag in their Champions League opener, but beating Diego Simeone’s troops on the road is easier said than done.
Fine performances in a goalless draw with Roma
Atletico Madrid kicked off their Champions League campaign with a goalless draw against Roma at Stadio Olimpico, but it has to be noted that the La Liga outfit failed to turn their dominance into goals. Los Rojiblancos aim to record their first win of the process, but they face a difficult task in Wednesday’s clash against star-studded Chelsea. Diego Simeone’s charges are on a three-game winning run in La Liga and that is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of the Premier League club. Antoine Griezmann has found his goal-scoring touch of late and all eyes will be on the French striker when the two teams face each other at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. Atletico Madrid aim to keep their 100% record at the new stadium intact, but they will have to prove their worth on the field.
Midfielder Augusto Fernandez remains in the recovery room, but coach Diego Simeone has no fresh injury worries ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash. Full-back Juanfran is likely to be recalled to the starting line-up.
Blues hungry for revenge
Atletico Madrid outclassed Chelsea in the 2013/2014 Champions League knockout stages and, no doubt, the Blues are eager to get their revenge on the La Liga side. Antonio Conte’s men impressed in a 6-0 win over Qarabag in their first group game, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Wednesday’s match against Chelsea. Diego Costa doesn’t want to play for the Blues anymore, but his replacement Alvaro Morata has been scoring goals for fun at the start of the new Premier League campaign and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Anyhow, seeing that Chelsea need to pick up one point from the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano clash, I believe that the visitors will adopt a defence-minded approach against Atletico Madrid. Eden Hazard has lost his place in the starting line-up and there is every chance Alvaro Morata will be deployed up front alongside Pedro and Willian.
Coach Antonio Conte has a full squad to choose from and he is likely to field the best possible side against Atletico Madrid. Garry Cahill is widely expected to return to the starting XI after coming as a substitute in a 4-0 win over Stoke City at the weekend.
- Chelsea had 16 goal attempts in the 6-0 win over Qarabag
- Atletico Madrid are on an 11-game unbeaten run at home in CL
- Blues recorded only one win in last five away games in CL
- Los Rojiblancos have kept four clean sheets in last five games in all competitions
- In their last meeting in Madrid the two teams played out a goalless draw
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea betting pick
Atletico Madrid and Chelsea seem to be evenly matched ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash. Both teams are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in their second group game and, taking everything into account, a low-scoring affair appears on the horizon.
Pick: Under 2.5 goals