Chelsea welcome Real Madrid to Stamford Bridge in the second leg of their semi-final in 2020-21 UEFA Champions League.
With this tie locked at 1-1 after the first leg, victory or even a goalless draw would be enough to see Chelsea through to their third Champions League Final.
Real Madrid meanwhile need to win in order to reach their seventh Champions League Final, although a score draw of at least 2-2 would see them through on away goals as a 1-1 result would send this tie to extra time and possibly penalties.
Antonio Rudiger could return for Chelsea after a knock kept him out of Saturday’s domestic win over Fulham, although he is expected to play with a mask.
Mateo Kovacic is again a doubt as he struggles to shake off a hamstring injury which has kept him sidelined for their last six matches.
Real Madrid could welcome Federico Valverde back after he missed the first leg following a positive Coronavirus test.
Dani Carvajal (hamstring), Raphael Varane (groin) and Lucas Vazquez (knee) remain absent.
- Chelsea are unbeaten in four previous meetings against Real Madrid (W2, D2).
- Real Madrid are visiting Stamford Bridge for the first time in all competitions.
- Three of Chelsea’s six home Champions League goals this season have come from the penalty spot.
- Real Madrid have kept three clean sheets in five Champions League games this season (W2, D2, L1)
- Chelsea won their only previous Champions League clash this season refereed by Daniele Orsato, coincidentally at home to Real’s cross-city rivals – Atletico in Last 16.
Having fielded a largely strong lineup in Saturday’s Premier League win over Fulham, Chelsea definitely have work to do because they struggled to get going early on but they were clinical with their chances which could well be key as this match wears on.
Real meanwhile will be hoping for a better performance than they produced in the first leg, as they did struggle with Chelsea’s attacks early on but their away form has been pretty strong so I expect them to come here and make a fight of this.
Chelsea though will be extra motivated by the fact that their Women’s team are through to the Women’s Champions League Final, meaning that history is at stake here in having both men and women’s teams through to the showpiece Finals in the same season.
On that note, I am plumping for a home win if Chelsea can harness that historical opportunity but the first goal is going to be absolutely crucial given Chelsea’s inconsistent home form in the Champions League this season.
Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Real Madrid (After Extra Time)
Result: Chelsea 2-0 Real Madrid (Chelsea win 3-1 on aggregate!!)