class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Tuchel's men have been in imperious defensive form in Europe this season and our tipster is backing them to be involved in another low-scoring game
Real Madrid welcome Chelsea to the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano on Tuesday evening in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final with Zinedine Zidane hoping his side’s strong defensive form prevents the Blues from claiming a valuable away goal.
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The La Liga champions have not conceded in their last four matches and are favourites to claim a win in the Spanish capital.
Real Madrid vs Chelsea Latest Odds
Real are playing their ninth Champions League semi-final in the last 11 years and their only home defeat in those ties came back in 2011 against Barcelona.
Considering that strong form, Madrid be backed at 13/10 (2.30) to win with bet365 while the draw is offered at 23/10 (3.30) , and a victory for Thomas Tuchel’s side at 21/10 (3.10) .
Real Madrid vs Chelsea Team News
Eden Hazard made his return from injury at the weekend but he might not be ready to start against his former club here, whilst Sergio Ramos is also doubtful. Toni Kroos has missed Real’s last two games but should be involved, but Ferland Mendy and Fede Valverde are definitely out.
Chelsea’s only injury absentee in Mateo Kovacic, who is unavailable to face his ex-employers.
Real Madrid vs Chelsea Preview
Champions League semi-final first legs are often tight affairs and Tuesday’s encounter should be no different, especially when considering the two sides’ respect defensive records.
Los Blancos have enjoyed four consecutive clean sheets with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in some of the best form of his career, and the Belgian will surely be highly motivated when facing his former side.
Chelsea have also been incredibly solid at the back, keeping 11 clean sheets in their last 14 games in all competitions, whilst the Blues have conceded just three goals in 10 in the Champions League games this term.
Opposing a high-scoring match makes plenty of sense, with both sides likely to cancel each other out.
Real Madrid vs Chelsea Tips and Predictions
Both teams to score ‘no’ and under 2.5 goals is priced at 11/10 (2.10) and looks an excellent selection for what looks set to be a cagey affair in the Spanish capital.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.