Chelsea return to Champions League action on Tuesday, as they take on La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid at National Arena in Bucharest, in what is the away leg for the Blues.
Thomas Tuchel’s side will be without defender Thiago Silva, who remains absent due to injury, but Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz will be available for the trip to Romania.
Their opponents Atletico are missing a number of key players ahead of what is their home leg, with Jose Gimenez, Yannick Carrasco and Sime Vrsaljko all injured, Kieran Trippier is suspended and Hector Herrera is likely to miss this game due to testing positive for Covid-19.
So, what lineup will Tuchel go with? And, what will the final score be on Tuesday evening?
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We used FIFA 21 to have a bit of fun and get a unique prediction ahead of Chelsea’s midweek Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid.
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea score predicted using FIFA 21
To set up this simulation, we used kick-off mode within FIFA 21 but didn’t select a team to control. We then selected the teams and watched the match play out by itself, to give us a unique prediction.
The AI difficulty was set to legendary, with the line-up updated with the latest transfers, injuries and suspensions, to make the simulation as realistic as possible.
We predict that Atletico Madrid could set up in a 3-4-1-2 formation, with the line-up as follows; Oblak; Hermoso, Felipe, Savic; Llorente, Koke, Saul, Lodi; Correa; Suarez, Felix.
We predict that Chelsea could set up in a 3-4-2-1 formation, with their lineup as follows; Mendy; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Mount, Werner; Giroud.
This FIFA 21 simulation was a very tight game, with few chances for both teams, although the Blues had significantly more periods of possession.
The best chance of the first-half fell to Timo Werner, who found some space…