Preview: Chelsea v Atletico Madrid

Preview: Chelsea v Atletico Madrid

December 5, 2017 Off By Alex Hammond-Gilles

Last season’s semi-finalists Atletico Madrid, are on the verge of a group-stage exit, unless two permutations are met.

Atletico Madrid travel to London to face Chelsea, who are already guaranteed qualification – meaning, Madrid must pick up all three points at Stamford Bridge.

Furthermore, Madrid will also need Azerbaijan side FC Qarabag, to avoid a defeat against Roma in the Italian capital.

For Chelsea, David Luiz, Charly Musonda, Kenedy and Michy Batshuayi will all be doubtful for Tuesday’s encounter, but could feature on the substitutes bench.

On Saturday, Chelsea got off to a rough start against Newcaslte, conceding first, after 12 minutes due to a defensive error from Marcos Alonso, but Chelsea’s main man, Eden Hazard stepped up to the mark and scored a brace, as well as being a constant threat to Newcastle’s defense.

Alvaro Morata was in the right place at the right time with a true forward’s header, thundered into the net. In the end, Chelsea won 3-1 comfortably.

Not many injuries for Los Rojiblancos, only Juanfran is unlikely to feature.

Atletico Madrid left it late against Real Sociedad, after going behind after half-an-hour through a Willian José penalty. But Felipe Luis equalised just past the hour mark, and French ace Antoine Griezmann netted the winner two minutes from time, to secure three points at the Wanda Metropolitano.

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So, what can we expect from tonight?

Madrid will have to attack from the off. We should expect to see the French duo of Griezmann and Gameiro leading the line, although Angel Correa did feature in the starting 11 against Sociedad, I think Yannick Ferreira Carrasco’s technical ability is far superior to Correa’s, so I think the Belgian will replace him.

A constantly attacking Madrid will lead to endless Chelsea counter-attacks, although we may see a rotated Chelsea side, which could feature the likes of Willy Caballero, Gary Cahill, Davide Zappacosta and Michy Batshuayi.

Griezmann’s quality will be the difference, and if he is on good form tonight, then I think Los Rojiblancos will pick up the three points and will have to rely on FC Qarabag.