On course to capture the Spanish title and into the last four of the Champions League at the expense of Barcelona, Atletico Madrid are enjoying an incredible season and the La Liga leaders will be looking to maintain their momentum in their European showdown with Chelsea.
Betfred are unable separate the teams, making both 10/11 to qualify for the final but Diego Simeone’s buoyant side enjoy home advantage in the first leg and can put themselves in the box seat in terms of progression.
Boylesports price them at 20/21 to rack up a lead in the Vicente Calderon and given the hosts’ strength at both ends of the field, that looks pretty good value.
Atletico are strong defensively on their own patch, where they have conceded just nine times in 18 league matches and twice in five Champions League outings. In Thibault Courtois – on-loan from Chelsea coincidentally – they have a ‘keeper whose stock is rising considerably and up against a Blues attack without an obvious focal point, Simeone’s rearguard can prove dominant.
At the other end, they have a world class marksman in Diego Costa surrounded by a decent supporting cast and all this suggests that Atletico can prevail ‘to nil’, an outcome Betfred chalk up at 21/10.
Atletico Madrid to beat Chelsea ‘to nil’ – 21/10 (Betfred)