Chelsea vs. Real Madrid – Champions League, May 5, 2021

| May 5, 2021 12:35 am PDT

Following an entertaining 1-1 draw in Spain last week, Chelsea and Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final tie is finely poised.

Los Blancos visit Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, May 5, looking to reach their fifth UCL final in eight years. On the flip side, the Blues are aiming to add to their single triumph, which came back in 2012.

Who will come out on top? Before we get to my Chelsea vs. Real Madrid prediction and betting pick, let’s take a look at the UCL odds and discuss both teams’ prospects.

Chelsea vs. Real Madrid Betting Odds

Chelsea to Win2.15
The Draw3.35
Real Madrid to Win3.50

As you can see, 10bet views Chelsea as the favorite to win the second leg. Still, the big odds for the home win indicate that Real Madrid won’t go down without a fight.

With a vital away goal in the bank, the Blues will advance to the final if Wednesday’s clash ends goalless. Given that Chelsea has been extremely solid defensively since Thomas Tuchel arrived, the tasty price for the draw stands out at first glance.

Chelsea vs. Real Madrid Second Leg Preview

It is no exaggeration to say that Chelsea was too hot to handle during the early stages of the first leg. The Londoners made a flying start in Spain, with Christian Pulisic’s 14th-minute goal handing them a deserved lead.

But the Blues were quickly made to pay for their wastefulness in front of the goal. Karim Benzema netted an acrobatic equalizer, and the final 60 minutes remained goalless.

Tuchel’s men will probably be kicking themselves after failing to create a bigger first-leg advantage, although they shouldn’t be too disappointed with their efforts. Let’s not forget that Real Madrid has won four of the previous seven UCL titles on offer.

Back on home soil, Kai Havertz enhanced his side’s top-four aspirations with a double in Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Fulham on Saturday. The Blues now sit fourth in the EPL table – three points ahead of fifth-place West Ham and two points behind third-place Leicester.

Remarkably, Chelsea has now kept 17 clean sheets in 23 matches since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard in the Stamford Bridge hot seat. If they achieve another shutout on Wednesday, they will qualify for the final.

The big news coming out of the Real Madrid camp is that key center-back Raphael Varane is set to miss Wednesday’s clash with a thigh injury. Thankfully, the Spanish champions have an able replacement.

Following a month on the sidelines, Sergio Ramos is reportedly ready to return to action. Los Blancos will obviously miss Varane, but the return of Ramos is a massive boost for the team.

Zinedine Zidane’s men kept their La Liga title hopes alive by securing a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Osasuna last time out. Eder Militao – who is likely to partner Ramos on Wednesday – broke the deadlock 76 minutes before Casemiro completed the scoring.

Not only have Los Blancos avoided defeat in each of their last 14 La Liga outings (ten wins, four draws), but they have also lost just one of their previous 24 (17 wins, six draws). They currently find themselves two points behind Atletico Madrid with four games left to play this term.

It goes without saying that Zidane will be eager for his players to carry their domestic form onto the European stage and reach yet another UCL final.

Chelsea vs. Real Madrid Pick

Pick
  • The Draw
    3.35

The Blues produced an outstanding away performance last week, but they failed to make the most of their opportunities. This time around, I expect them to frustrate Real Madrid and prevent the visitors from scoring.

Given Chelsea’s recent struggles in front of goal, I can see the second leg ending in stalemate. With that in mind, the draw is my Chelsea vs. Real Madrid betting pick.

Ben Morris
Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

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