Chelsea FC at Real Madrid (UCL Semifinal) Starting XI Predictions

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As Chelsea visit Real Madrid on Tuesday night for the first leg of their Champions League semifinal tie, we have a “fun fact.” That being it’s a clash of the club with the most UCL semifinal appearances (14) in Madrid (two more than any other club) versus the side with the most semifinal appearances of any English club.

Chelsea have been here 8 times. Although these two sides have never met in the UCL, it is a matchup of the two clubs who drew the second most fans, to any football/soccer game ever staged on American soil. It was a friendly, held in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2016 and it is the highest attended Chelsea match in history.

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Chelsea at Real Madrid UCL Semifinal Leg 1/2 FYIs

Kickoff: Tues April 27, Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Madrid, 8pm

Team news for both sides: go here

Odds: Chelsea +220  Real Madrid +135   Draw +220

UCL Form Guide:  Chelsea WDWWWL    Real Madrid  LWWWWD

All Competitions Form Guide:  Chelsea  WWLWDW    Real Madrid  WWDDWD

Let’s take a look at who could be in the first teams for both sides. The inclusion of Christian Pulisic in the press conference today means he’s likely to get a first team assignment tomorrow night.

Real Madrid Starting XI Prediction:
Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Militao, Nacho; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius Jr

Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction:
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger; Christensen, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell; Mount, Pulisic; Havertz

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Chelsea 1, Real Madrid 0

This is the worst Real Madrid team in several years, (which doesn’t mean they’re bad, it means they’re far below where they were) so Chelsea has really lucked out with their draw this tournament; they got very lucky in the last round too, with FC Porto.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank, partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” has regularly appeared in WGNSports IllustratedChicago Tribune and SB Nation. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. Chelsea 2 real Madrid 1

  2. Jeremy Menez says

    Hoping Chelsea wins though its going ti require alot from both my teams to pull away with the advantage into the second league Chelsea 1-0 Real Madrid

  3. Chelsea should start with these players pulisic werner ziyech mount jorginho kante odoi chilwel zouma rudiger and mendy

  4. Joel drake says

    Its gonna be hard game bt i thk chelsea will take de lead 1-0

  5. Its really gona be hard, but i see chelsea in to da final with psg. Am going 4 Real madrid 0- 2 chelsea.

  6. its really hard but real madrid 0-2 chelsea.

  7. Lumari Charles Opiyo says

    It’s gonna be hard but chelsea will manage to make it to the final. 1leg madrid 0_ chelsea 3

  8. Pascal Onegiu says

    chelsea 2-0 madrid

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