The long, cold winter is nearing it’s end which means only one thing: the return of the Champions League.
However, there’s a different flavour to this year’s last 16.
Due to COVID-19 complications, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid will both travel to Bucharest, Romania, to slug it out in the opening leg of their knockout tie.
Both sides are enjoying decent domestic form and will be confident coming into Tuesday’s fixture.
But who comes out on top? Check out our top Odds Pick and Long Shot for Tuesday’s match.
|Fixture||Atletico Madrid v Chelsea|
|Date||Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 20:00|
|Where||Arena Nationala, Bucharest|
|How to Watch||Live on BT Sport|
Our Top Odds Pick – Atletico v Chelsea draw – 15/8 with bet365
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea have yet to find that killer instinct in front of goal, but are looking very solid in defence despite rotation and injuries.
Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger are expected to make up his back three in Bucharest and we can’t see this new 5-2-3 system leaking many goals.
Luis Suarez and Joao Felix will be the biggest threats for the designated ‘home’ side, but Chelsea will treasure a draw in the opening leg, and we think they’ll get it.
Our Long Shot – Olivier Giroud to score first – 5/1 with bet365
Olivier Giroud has already bagged five Champions League goals for the Blues this season, and with Tammy Abraham struggling with a slight ankle knock, the Frenchman may be granted a start in Bucharest.
Things always seem to link a little better when the World Cup winner is leading the line, with Chelsea’s explosive wingers working well off of Giroud’s movements.
5/1 is a corker for Giroud to bag first on Tuesday night.
Atleti haven’t kept a clean sheet in seven outings and the 34-year-old will sniff out any frailties.
Please note that all odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.