Champions League round of 16 continues with more action in the first place CBS All Access Tuesday, while Atletico Madrid and Chelsea finish, but not in Spain. The match is played in Bucharest due to travel restrictions. Both teams are full of talent, although neither of them is usually considered among the best candidates in the competition, and only one can advance to the last eight when the second stage takes place next month. This first stage sees both teams in after handing out results over the weekend.
Here’s how to watch the match and what you need to know:
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- Date: Tuesday 23 February
- Time15.00 ET
- Location: Arena Nationala – Bucharest, Romania
- TV: CBS Sports Network
- Live stream: CBS All Access
- Odds: Atletico +170; Draw +200; Chelsea +190 (via William Hill Sportsbook)
Atletico: Do you remember how they ran away with La Liga? Well, not anymore. It pears to be a two-horse race at the moment alongside Real Madrid, as Atletico have only won one of their last four matches and just lost to Levante at home on Saturday. The defense is full of errors, which is not characteristic while the attack has been out. In the last two games, both against Levante, Atletico have recorded 42 shots and scored only once. They hope it’s just a rough patch and not a sign of continued form.
Chelsea: Christian Pulisic is ready to return from a minor injury and is expected to play for the Blues, while Thiago Silva is still out with his injury, putting the Chelsea backline in a tough spot against a quick, talented attack. Since Silva took his injury against Tottenham on February 4, the Blues have only conceded two goals in four games in which Andreas Christensen enters. But those matches were against attacks from Sheffield United, Barnsley, Newcastle and Southampton below average. The real test now begins with a wild stretch coming up from Atletico, Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton, Leeds and the return match against Atletico. An absolutely brutal battle of battles.
Atletico and Chelsea both get a goal in the second half in a result that suits the Blues more than Los Colchoneros. Pick: Atletico 1, Chelsea 1