We are on fire with our bankers, and we’re back with the Champions League ‘Banker of the Week’. With just 1 week before the international break, we are determined to end this amazing period in style. In 2 days, we will know the 8 UCL quarter-finalists and on Friday, the Champions League quarter-final draw will take place in Nyon. Here’s a complete preview of the game, updated soccer odds, and our top betting picks.
Chelsea vs. Atletico Madrid
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 – 04:00 PM EDT at Stamford Bridge
If you’re looking for an under 2.5 bet, just close the page, life is too short to bet 'unders'. Maybe I’m crazy, maybe I’m not but I’m fading the public and the bookmakers with this bet. Cagey game? Tactical game? Yes and yes but I’m still going for the 'overs' and let's see why.
Chelsea have been very strong defensively since the arrival of German manager Thomas Tuchel. Very well organized, very stable, covering the pitch well. But they also have creative and intelligent players with great pace, amazing 1 on 1. They can score from headers, with shots from outside the box, from free kicks, they have a Champions League team, they just need a few more time together to be a real squad.
On the other side, Atletico’s have an equally solid backline and under Diego Simeone have been one of the most consistent teams over the past decade, not only on form but on system and style of play. Jan Oblak in goal, who can easily play in a Spiderman movie, Kieran Trippier as a right-back, one of the most consistent players in the team, Koke and Saul Niguez as central midfielders, both very strong mentally and with a great fighting spirit, Luis Suarez and Joao Felix, always clinical and eager to find the back of the net.
This season, Atletico Madrid showed more aggressivity from the middle and up creating more scoring chances. Luis Suarez is probably the striker they needed and right now they are leading the La Liga standings having a good chance to win the domestic title.
Everyone thinks that this match will stay under 2.5. The stats and the style of play tell us that this will definitely be an under-game. But if you look more into it, you will see it differently. Chelsea won the 1st leg 1-0 in Bucharest (on the road) and now they are hosting Atletico at Stamford Bridge.
After playing with 6 at the back in the 1st leg, Atletico will try to find the perfect moment in the match to be more aggressive to press high and score at least 1 time, otherwise, they can pack their bags and go home. Yes, we probably won’t see a fast goal because Simeone is not that type of manager that will tell his team to go all from the start but at a given moment they must expose.
We will see a lot of action in both boxes, many corners, even a penalty. Everything is possible. Both teams have quality and smart players who can make the difference. We expect at least 2 goals, maybe even 1-1 type of game. I’m waiting for a goal in the 1st half and that will totally change the game. We are covered with just 2 goals for a push, so I’m going with the value. Trying to stay hot with the bankers so let’s cash another one. Best of luck