Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea UEFA Champions League R16 First Leg Odds, Prediction and Picks
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview, Champions League Game on Tuesday February 23, 2021.
Currently unstoppable on the national scene, La Liga leaders Atlético de Madrid are unbeaten in 13 home games in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) (G9, D4).
The hosts are obviously favorites to win this stage, and any winning goal can come late, as three of Atlético's last five home victories in the UCL have seen their deciding goal exceed 75 minutes.
Six of those nine victories in Atlético's current unbeaten run at Wanda Metropolitano have seen one of the top five national leagues in Europe, finishing 1-0 or 2-0 (average margin: 1.67 goals).
Half of the rojiblancos' ten goals in those six victories against such an "elite" opposition came between the 76th minute and the FT.
Chelsea remains undefeated under Thomas Tuchel, but dragged HT for the first time under his fledgling regime this weekend, rebounding to snatch a draw via Mason Mount's penalty in the second period.
It was also on a 12-yard stare that Chelsea claimed their last away win in the Premier League, and both goals, oddly enough, came between 50-59 minutes of play.
Recent good form from the visitors has raised hopes of a surprise victory here, and the "over 2.5" characteristic applies to each of the Blues' four previous UCL victories.
In addition to an average of 1.0 UCL penalty goals per game since Matchday 2, Chelsea have also exceeded the -2 handicap in three UCL victories, while also winning both halves and winning half with an accurate score. of 1-0.
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Atlético de Madrid's form has abandoned them as of late, with Diego Simeone overseeing just one win in his last four. A 2-0 loss to Levante was their first loss at Wanda Metropolitano since losing 1-0 to Barcelona in December 2019, which doesn't bode well for the Chelsea encounter. The Blues drew 1-1 at Southampton at the start of Saturday's Premier League, conceding their first goal to an opposition player since Thomas Tuchel succeeded Frank Lampard at the helm of Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are undefeated since Tuchel took over the west side of London, and secured a 2-1 win at Atlético the last time they met in Spain in 2017.