Real Madrid vs Chelsea predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Champions League fixture tonight

All eyes will be on the Real Madrid team sheet on Tuesday night, to see if Eden Hazard lines up to face his former side Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final.

The first leg in Madrid comes after the Belgian attacker made his latest comeback from injury at the weekend, with a series of muscle issues disrupting his season in Spain once more.

He has been a huge disappointment for the Madrid fanbase as a result of those continual injuries, though when fit, he has quickly shown a good understanding alongside Karim Benzema in attack.

Chelsea will be hoping their former star is nowhere near full fitness and that they can instead impose their own attacking talents on the game, as the two clubs battle it out in the last four.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match.

When is it?

The match will kick-off at 8pm BST on Tuesday 27 April.

How can I watch?

It will be shown live on BT Sport 2, with coverage getting underway from 7pm. The match is also available to stream for its customers on the BT Sport app and website.

What is the team news?

Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic has already been ruled out of the first leg by manager Tuchel. The Croatian is suffering from a thigh injury, but other than the former Real Madrid midfielder, the Blues do not have any fresh injury worries from their win against West Ham.

It could be good news for the Blues, as Real Madrid’s line-up will be without some of their key players. Sergio Ramos and Lucas Vazquez were both absent from their side’s draw against Real Betis on Saturday due to injury and are linked with moves away from the club this summer. Midfielder Federico Valverde is also out after contracting Covid-19.

Zinedine Zidane has also confirmed that Ferland Mendy is out of the first leg, whilst Toni Kroos is expected to return alongside Eden Hazard, who will face-off against his former club.

Possible line-ups

Real Madrid: Courtois; Varane, Militao, Nacho; Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Junior, Benzema, Hazard

Chelsea: Mendy; Christensen, Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Mount, Chilwell; Pulisic, Werner

Odds

Real Madrid: 7/5

Draw: 23/10

Chelsea: 5/2

Prediction

Chelsea look to have a new lease of life with the team on a strong run of form, having not being beaten in their first 10 away games under Tuchel. The Blues have a busy time of things with their fight for a top-four Premier League spot and the upcoming FA Cup final against Leicester City on 15 May. Real Madrid will not make it easy, but without several key players and the Super League drama in the background, Chelsea could steal a narrow victory. Real Madrid 0-1 Chelsea

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