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Michael Owen makes daring prediction for Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid conflict

Chelsea will play host to Atletico Madrid within the second leg of their UEFA Champions League Spherical of 16 tie tonight. The Blues have a 1-0 benefit proper now, and Michael Owen has backed them to qualify for the subsequent spherical.

Olivier Giroud scored a surprising overhead kick within the first leg of their Spherical of 16 fixture final month, giving Thomas Tuchel’s males an away-goal benefit.

Chelsea have been stable defensively, and pundits are backing the Premier League facet to make it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Whereas Michael Owen has backed Chelsea to edge previous Atletico Madrid tonight, he believes that the Spanish facet will rating a purpose at Stamford Bridge, and the match will finish in a 1-1 draw.

The previous Liverpool man wrote in his BetVictor column:

“Chelsea put in a classic European away efficiency in Madrid to return away with a 1-0 victory. Since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival, the Blues have been just about rock stable on the again and one other robust defensive efficiency can be required right here.”

“Tactically, I discover this one fascinating, as Madrid are prone to be affected person realizing that they may get caught out in the event that they throw warning to the wind too early. With that in thoughts, I can see either side cancelling one another out and Chelsea going by to the quarter-finals.”

Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid pre-match stats

Chelsea have received simply one among their three dwelling matches in opposition to Atletico Madrid within the Champions League. Their most up-to-date encounter within the knockout levels was within the semi-finals of the competitors in 2014, after they misplaced 3-1.

Atletico Madrid, however, have misplaced to Chelsea thrice within the Champions League, joint-most with Actual Madrid and Bayern Munich. Ought to the Premier League facet win tonight, they’d develop into the staff to beat Los Rojiblancos on most events within the competitors.

Chelsea have a few issues forward of the sport. Jorginho and Mason Mount have been suspended, whereas Thiago Silva and Tammy Abraham have been dominated out on account of accidents.

In the meantime, all gamers can be found for Atletico Madrid supervisor Diego Simeone.

Printed 17 Mar 2021, 16:24 IST