Real Madrid vs. Chelsea – Champions League, April 27, 2021

| April 27, 2021 3:02 am PDT

With the European Super League still very much at the forefront of their minds, Real Madrid and Chelsea meet for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final clash in Spain on Tuesday, April 27.

Zinedine Zidane’s men booked their spot in the last four courtesy of a 3-1 aggregate victory over Liverpool, while the Blues edged out Porto 2-1 to advance.

Can the hosts bounce back from a disappointing goalless draw against Real Betis at the weekend? Or will the visitors build on their vital 1-0 victory over West Ham?

After checking out the Champions League odds, I will share my Real Madrid vs. Chelsea prediction for the first leg.

Real Madrid vs. Chelsea Odds

Real Madrid to Win2.35
The Draw3.20
Chelsea to Win3.25

As you would expect, Real Madrid is the bookmakers’ home favorite here. Still, the high price for the home win points towards a tricky game for Los Blancos.

In my eyes, the big odds for the home win are a testament to Chelsea’s evolution under Thomas Tuchel. The Blues have been almost faultless since the German arrived at the club, making this match a tough one to call.

I assess both sides’ chances below.

Real Madrid vs. Chelsea First Leg Preview

Real Madrid’s La Liga title hopes were dealt a massive blow on Saturday as Betis held the defending champions to a goalless draw in the Spanish capital.

Sure, Los Blancos may be enjoying a 13-match unbeaten streak at the moment. But having taken just four points from a possible nine since beating Barcelona earlier in the month, they now find themselves trailing Atletico Madrid by two points.

With only five La Liga games left to play this season, the title race is out of their control.

However, the chance to seal a fifth Champions League triumph in eight years is very much in their hands. Zidane’s men are now just three wins away from securing that feat.

Brazilian youngster Vinicius Junior was the star of the show in the quarter-finals, bagging a brace in the first leg against Liverpool. But it feels as though Karim Benzema holds the key to the club’s UCL destiny.

The veteran striker has netted 27 goals in 39 games this term, including five goals in eight UCL appearances.

With Manchester City romping towards Premier League glory, the Blues have been out of their domestic title race for a long time. But they gave their top-four aspirations a big boost last weekend.

Timo Werner finally ended his goal drought in Saturday’s victory over the Hammers, giving Chelsea a three-point cushion inside the EPL’s Champions League places.

Not only have the Londoners lost one of their 14 league matches since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard in January, but they have also suffered just two defeats in 21 games in all competitions.

Better still, Chelsea has kept a whopping 16 clean sheets in that time. That’s a shutout percentage of 76% under Tuchel!

Having made light work of Atletico and Porto in the previous knockout rounds, Tuchel’s men will surely be confident of upsetting the odds against Real Madrid.

My Real Madrid vs. Chelsea Prediction and Pick

Pick
  • The Draw
    3.20

Real Madrid is the favorite to win the first leg, but I can see Chelsea frustrating the home side on Tuesday. As we know, the Blues have been extremely tough to break down since Tuchel took over, meaning Los Blancos could struggle to score.

With a second leg to play, both managers will probably be happy to head into next week’s match on level terms. For that reason, the draw is my Real Madrid vs. Chelsea prediction.

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.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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