Prediction and odds for the game: Real Madrid (11/8) vs Chelsea (2/1)
We are backing the home win
When: Tuesday 12 April 2022, Kick-off 20:00
Where: The Santiago Bernabeu
On Tuesday night, Real Madrid hosts Chelsea at the Santiago Bernabeu, in the Champions League quarter-final second leg. The Spanish giants are 3-1 up from the first leg at Stamford Bridge.
Los Blancos produced an outstanding display in south west London to record a 3-1 win in the first leg. Star striker Karim Benzema was superb, as the veteran Frenchman fired home a hat-trick.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team followed up that vital win with another potentially vital victory at the weekend when they recorded a 2-0 win over city-rivals Getafe to move a step closer to claiming the Spanish top-flight title.
Back to the Champions League and Los Blancos have an impressive recent record in the European football’s elite competition, winning six of their last seven matches. The men from Madrid have also scored at least two goals in all six recent wins.
Real Madrid have also won seven of their last nine home matches in the Champions League, including their last three games at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The Blues bounced by from that first-leg defeat by hammering Southampton 6-0 at St Marys in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. The win was much-needed, as Thomas Tuchel’s team had lost their previous two games in all competitions, including the first leg defeat.
The European champions have a mountain to climb to get in this tie after defeat in the reverse fixture, especially considering Real Madrid’s recent home record in the Champions League.
However, Chelsea’s recent record in the Champions League will the European champions the belief that they can still turn the tie around. In fact, the first leg defeat ended a run of six games unbeaten for the Blues in the Champions League, five of which they won. The game also ended a prolific run of scoring form for Chelsea, who had scored at least two goals in their previous four European matches.
Chelsea have been difficult to beat on their travels in European football’s elite competition, losing just one of their last ten away games in the Champions League. The Blues have also failed to score in just one of their last 14 away games in the competition.
Apart from the blip that was the defeat to Barcelona in El Clasico, Real Madrid have been in strong form of late. We fancy Los Blancos to record a victory in this clash. We also believe this game will be high-scoring, so we are also backing over 2.5 goals scored.
Our Tips: we are backing the home win at odds of 11/8 and/or over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 4/5. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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Will Real Madrid complete the job or will Chelsea mount a big comeback to progress to the last four of the Champions League?