Real Madrid and Chelsea go head-to-head in the Uefa Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday, with the two former winners one step away from this year’s final.
The pair meet for their first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu with the hosts having won the last of their three UCL titles in a row in 2018, while the away side were kings of the continent in 2012.
Los Blancos enjoyed safe passage into this season’s semis having done the hard work in their quarter-final first leg against 2019 champions Liverpool.
Zinedine Zidane’s men broke the back of the tie on home turf thanks to a Vinicius Junior double and another from Marco Asensio, meaning a goalless draw at Anfield was plenty good enough to book a last four slot.
Eden Hazard could well line up against his former club on Tuesday, as the Belgian star nears a return to full fitness.
Lucas Vazquez misses out through injury, while Federico Valverde is isolating after testing positive for Covid-19.
Real will also need to assess club legend Sergio Ramos, Toni Kroos and Ferland Mendy ahead of the visit of the English Premier League side.
Thomas Tuchel’s men also made it through thanks to their first leg efforts, where they were propelled to a 2-0 victory at FC Porto by goals from Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell.
The Portuguese side, shock winners under Chelsea-bound Jose Mourinho in 2004, pinched a late consolation at Stamford Bridge but it wasn’t enough to put the heat on the EPL side.
Tuchel has a near-clean bill of health in his squad, with the exception of midfielder Mateo Kovacic.
German wunderkind Kai Havertz looks set to lead the line, supported by his compatriot Timo Werner as the Blues hunt for a priceless away goal in the Spanish capital.
Real Madrid vs Chelsea Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Real Madrid vs Chelsea: UCL starting XI prediction
Probable Real Madrid Starting XI: Thibaut Courtois, Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, Raphael Varane, Ferland Mendy, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
Probable Chelsea Starting XI: Edouard Mendy, Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Reece James, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Ben Chilwell, Masno Mount, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz.
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