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Real Madrid Vs Chelsea: Prediction, Team News, Stream And Odds

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Real Madrid Vs Chelsea: Prediction, Team News, Stream And Odds

Chelsea are within touching distance of Champions League glory - but standing between the Blues and the final are European Cup masters Real Madrid.

Los Blancos booked their spot in the final four courtesy of a 3-1 aggregate victory over Liverpool in the quarter-finals, while Chelsea survived a late scare against FC Porto to beat the Primeira Liga giants 2-1 over two legs.

Real Madrid and Chelsea have only ever met three times down the years, and the Spanish side have failed to win any of those meetings - losing twice and drawing once to the Blues since 1971.

Chelsea lock horns with Real Madrid in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night
Chelsea lock horns with Real Madrid in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night
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Chelsea lifted this trophy for the first and only time back in 2012, and look like they could go all the way this year - but they will need to take their chances against a Real team who win semi-finals without breaking a sweat.

The match will also see two of the founding members of the European Super League go head-to-head as proposals for the new competition lie in tatters.

Real president Florentino Perez is adamant all 12 clubs remain tied to the Super League, though Roman Abramovich has already publicly apologised for Chelsea's involvement.

Here, SPORTbible takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of the first Champions League semi-final.

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How to watch Real Madrid vs Chelsea

Real Madrid vs Chelsea is scheduled for an 8pm (BST) kick-off on Tuesday, April 27.

The match will be held behind closed doors at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano in Madrid, Spain.

BT Sport 2 will be broadcasting the match and its subscribers will also be able to watch the match via the website or the BT Sport app.

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Real Madrid vs Chelsea predictions and betting odds

While Real Madrid have enjoyed a spate of clean sheets recently, Chelsea have also recorded three shut-outs in a row before their journey to the Spanish capital.

The Blues have only conceded a trio of goals during this season's Champions League campaign so far, so expect a cagey affair in the first leg given the quality of both defences.

It wouldn't be a huge surprise if the tie was decided by a single goal over two legs, so the first 90 minutes may be short on chances.

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Tuchel also has an FA Cup final to prepare for, but winning the biggest prize of them all in his first half-season at Stamford Bridge would go a long way to ensuring his stay in one of the most unforgiving jobs in the game.

Real Madrid are 13/10 to win, with Chelsea priced at 11/5 to come away with the victory. A draw is priced at 21/10.

Odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.

Prediction: 1-0

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Real Madrid team news and injuries

German midfield maestro Toni Kroos has been struggling with muscular discomfort, but should return for the first leg to form a familiar midfield with Casemiro and Luka Modric.

Meanwhile, Federico Valverde remains in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus, and Zinedine Zidane could make do without three defenders as Sergio Ramos, Lucas Vazquez and Ferland Mendy keep each other company in the treatment room.

Eden Hazard will be looking to influence the game against his former club
Eden Hazard will be looking to influence the game against his former club

The hosts have been boosted, however, by the recent returns of Dani Carvajal and Raphael Varane and Nacho Fernandez will hope to keep his spot at left-back over Marcelo.

While Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois look to influence the game against their former club, Mateo Kovacic will not be reuniting with his former Blancos teammates, as Thomas Tuchel confirmed that a hamstring injury will keep the midfielder out of the first leg.

Chelsea team news and injuries

Aside from Kovacic, Chelsea have no other injury or suspension concerns for the first leg.

Thiago Silva should hope to form a familiar back three with Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger, and Andreas Christensen could drop out as Reece James returns on the right.

Thiago Silva should hope to form a familiar back three in the Chelsea defence alongside captain Cesar Azpilicueta
Thiago Silva should hope to form a familiar back three in the Chelsea defence alongside captain Cesar Azpilicueta

Jorginho and N'Golo Kante will continue to man the engine room in Kovacic's absence, but competition for places in Tuchel's front three could hardly be greater.

Mason Mount has established himself as a regular fixture in Tuchel's starting 11, and Timo Werner will not want to be dropped after ended his goal drought.

Elsewhere, Kai Havertz should lead Chelsea's midfield in an attacking role, with Christian Pulisic making way.

Topics: Chelsea, Champions League, Real Madrid

Robert Mann
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