UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Preview and Predicted Line-up 

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Following a surprising defeat against Brentford in the Premier League, Chelsea is set to entertain Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday night. 

Despite leading the game by a great strike from Antonio Rudiger, the Blues had to endure a 4-1 defeat against their London rival on Saturday afternoon. This result will be a kick at the back ahead of a crucial encounter in midweek. 

On the other hand, Los Blancos defeated Celta Vigo by 2-1 in La Liga last weekend courtesy of a brace from Karim Benzema. The game was full of controversy as the record European Champions were awarded three penalties and the Frenchman converted two of them. 

Following this victory, Carlo Ancelotti’s side has now extended their lead up top and is currently out of sight of second-placed Barcelona. They have managed to accumulate 69 points in 30 games. 

Meanwhile, these two sides met in the semi-final of the Champions League last term where the Blues came up top by 3-1 on aggregate. The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw before Thomas Tuchel’s side thrashed Madrid by 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea has reached this stage of the competition by overcoming the challenge of French Champions Lille by 4-1 over the two legs. And Real Madrid defeated PSG by 3-2 on aggregate in a dramatic turnaround at the Santiago Bernabeu in the second leg. 

Chelsea’s recent form in all competitions: W-W-W-W-L

Real Madrid’s recent form in all competitions:

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Chelsea vs Real Madrid team news:

Chelsea will be without their star fullback Ben Chilwell due to his long-term injury. Hudson-Odoi will also remain sidelined as a consequence of injury issues. While Christian Pulisic is in doubt ahead of this encounter. 

Chelsea predicted line-up against Real Madrid(3-4-2-1):

Edouard Mendy; Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Reece James, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso; Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz 

On the other hand, Real Madrid does not have many injury absentees in their squad. However, the former Blues Eden Hazard is expected to miss out on Wednesday’s game due to fitness issues. 

Real Madrid’s predicted line-up against Chelsea(4-3-3):

Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Vinicius Jr, Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio 

Chelsea 2-1 Real Madrid

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