Thomas Tuchel has steadied the Stamford Bridge ship since his appointment, winning five and drawing two of his seven games in charge, while imperious Atleti are starting to wobble.
Normally the toughest of nuts to crack, Diego Simeone’s side have conceded 10 goals in their last seven games and have just one win in four to breathe life into the Liga title race.
Chelsea will now sense an opportunity to compound Atleti’s misery and leave Madrid with something.
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea is scheduled for an 8pm GMT kick-off on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.
The match will be held behind closed doors at Wanda Metropolitano.
TV channel: The match will be televised on BT Sport.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or BT Sport app.
Luis Suarez and Joao Felix are fit for Atletico, though Jose Gimenez will be a big miss after limping off against Levante. Stefan Savic is available to deputise.
Yannick Carrasco and Sime Vrsaljko will not be fit in time, while Hector Herrera is self-isolating after a positive coronavirus test.
Callum Hudson-Odoi will hope to get a start after suffering the ignominy of being substituted as a substitute against Southampton. Mason Mount has declared himself fit after having to ice his knee following the 1-1 draw.
Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic have been passed fit, though Thiago Silva is again absent.
Prediction: Atletico 1-1 Chelsea
Chelsea could not be facing Atletico at a better time, with form and injuries really hampering the Liga leaders. I’m backing Thomas Tuchel to mastermind a valuable first-leg draw.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
- Atletico wins: 2
- Draws: 3
- Chelsea wins: 2
- Last meeting: Chelsea 1-1 Atletico (December 2017)
Bettings odds and tips (subject to change)
- Atletico: 17/10
- Draw: 2/1
- Chelsea: 19/10
- 1-1 draw: 9/2