Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: Match Preview and Predicted Starting Lineup

Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 5th December 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Stamford Bridge (London).

Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid is undoubtedly the clash to look out for in match-day six of the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League group stage.

The Blues have already qualified for the knockout phase, but they still need a win over the La Liga giants to confirm the top position in the table.

Atletico on the other hand can only qualify with a win, but their scenario is directly dependent to Roma’s result against Qarabag.

If Roma wins against Qarabag, the Spanish team will be eliminated even with a win.

However, if Qarabag manage to hold Roma to a draw, it will be Atletico who progress to the round of 16. The 2-0 win in the previous round put the Spanish giants upfront in the head-to-head with their first meeting ending in a goal-less stalemate.

Qarabag are eliminated from Europe after managing just 2 points from their 5 matches so far.

Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: Head-to-head

  • Michy Batshuayi scored the winner late in the injury time to hand Chelsea a 2-1 win when the teams met at Madrid on matchday 1.
  • Now the teams share 2 wins, draws and losses from their 6 meetings in UEFA competitions.
  • Four of the six meetings between the sides have seen both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals.
  • Atleti did beat Chelsea in their last visit to Stamford Bridge by a convincing 3-1 margin having lost the previous fixture at the stadium by a whooping 4-0 margin.
  • Chelsea’s overall record against Spanish clubs: 35 matches – 15W-12D-8L. At home – 9W-4D-2L from 15 matches.
  • Atletico Madrid versus English teams: 10W-10D-6D from 26 games. In English soil – 2W-5D-4L from 11 games.

Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: Predictions

Both teams have struggled in all competitions at the start of the campaign, but they found fluidity in recent weeks.

Since the defeat at Roma by a 3-0 margin on matchday 4 of the Champions League, Chelsea are unbeaten in 6 games with wins in 5 since then, keeping 4 clean sheets in the process. The form of Eden Hazard is excellent, while Alvaro Morata has also started to repay the faith shown by Conte. Hazard and Morata scored 8 of the 14 goals the team scored during the period.

Meanwhile, Atletico’s 2-0 win against Roma on matchday 5 served as a confidence booster that turned their fortunes. The team won another three games on the bounce since then. Scoring goals has been the problem for this team, but things have changed with the team netting 12 times in the last four matches.

The biggest boost to Simeone is a rejuvenated Antoine Griezmann who scored 5 goals in his last appearances, after firing blanks in previous 8 matches in all competitions.

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