This coming Wednesday, Atlético Madrid play one of the biggest games of the season so far against reigning English champions Chelsea. The Blues are coming off a thunderous 4-0 win against Stoke City where Spain international and former Real Madrid striker Álvaro Morata scored a hat-trick.
Atlético are looking to continue their great form after a 2-0 victory over Sevilla. Atleti have only conceded one goal in the last five games, but this will be a tough test with Chelsea’s lethal attacking force — which is set to include Eden Hazard, who has not started a Premier League game yet this season due to injury.
There are many juicy storylines coming into this match. The biggest is that Diego Costa will be seeing Chelsea almost immediately after getting his dream transfer back to Atlético Madrid. Although he will not be playing, there will be obvious tensions on both sides. Thibaut Courtois and Filipe Luís will reunite with former teammates, and Chelsea will look to gain a measure of revenge after Atlético defeated them to win the 2012 Super Cup and cruised past them en route to the 2014 Champions League final.
Chelsea currently top the group with three points, while Atlético are in second on one point after a 0-0 draw in Rome two weeks ago. It will be the toughest test so far for Atlético, but with Diego Simeone resting some regular starters in the last match first Sevilla, the players should be well-rested and ready to go.
2-1 Atlético Madrid win.
Oblak; Juanfran, Godín, Lucas, Filipe Luís; Gabi, Saúl, Koke, Carrasco; Griezmann, Correa.
How to Watch:
Location: Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain
Time: 20:45 p.m CEST, 19:45 p.m BST, 2:45 EST, 11:45 PST
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Avalible TV/Streaming: BeIn Sports Connect España (Spain), BT Sport 2 (England), ESPN Deportes, Fox Sports local affiliate (United States)
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