Champions League Group Stages: Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea

Published September 27, 2017 by Sol FH

Champions League Group Stages: Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea

Major Group C clash tonight at 19:45 GMT as Atletico host the Blues in the Champions League.

After a thrilling night in the Champions League last night, the action continues tonight with some key matches across Europe. The biggest match of the night is between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea, who go head-to-head from Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid. Atletico has been incredible against the Blues, going unbeaten in their last four matches against them, including two wins and two draws. Tonight, Antonio Conte will be going for his second straight Champions League win but needs to overcome the odds in order to do so.

Chelsea opened their Group Stage campaign with a 6-0 thrashing of Qarabag. Atletico opened with a scoreless draw against Roma, but they have an excellent record against the Blues, especially at home. In fact, under Diego Simeone, Atletico have won 18 of their last 23 Champions League matches when playing on home turf. Chelsea, however, is unbeaten in their last 9 away games in Spain, with 2 wins and 7 draws. 

Injuries

Chelsea is in great shape with only one player on the injured list. Danny Drinkwater is still out with a calf injury. Conte will be considering starting Belgium star Eden Hazard after his recovery, having only been substituted on in recent Premier League matches. The midfielder scored 16 goals in last season's league-winning campaign and Conte hopes to have him on the pitch for as long as possible tonight.

Augusto Fernández is the only player missing from Atletico's lineup and the Central Midfielder is expected to make his return sometime next month. Not injured, Diego Coste completed his move from Chelsea to Atletico but he is not eligible to play until the transfer window ban is lifted in January 2018. 

Champions League Betting

At bet365 Sports, the Champions League gets the utmost focus and this blockbuster match has 121 different betting markets to choose from. Chelsea is the underdog to win at 3.80, whilst Atletico is in the driver's seat at 2.20. 

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See also

Champions League Preview: Spotlight on English Clubs

Champions League Preview: Group Stage Matchday 6 of 6

Champions League Group Stage - Matchday 3 Of 6 Continues

Special: Odds for the 2014/5 UEFA Champions League Season


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