Chelsea v Atletico Madrid: Los Rojiblancos to start strong in unlikely quest for Champions League knockout stages

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With the visitors desperate for a win to keep alive their hopes of qualifying, we are backing the La Liga outfit to make a fast start in west London

Atletico Madrid arrive at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night looking for a miracle to see them stay in the Champions League.

The runners up from 2014 and 2016 are facing an early exit from the competition thanks to their inability to beat lowly FK Qarabag either home or away, and now Diego Simeone's men must beat Chelsea in London and hope Roma slip up in Azerbaijan.

Nevertheless, Atleti will look to do what they can to keep their chances alive, and the Madrid outfit are priced at 13/5 (3.60) with dabblebet to claim a victory, while Chelsea can be backed at 21/20 (2.05).

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Atletico come into the game on a four match winning streak in all competitions, their best run since January, and it is no coincidence that their upturn in fortunes has coincided with the return to form of Antoine Griezmann.

After going eight matches without a goal, the Frenchman has netted four in his last three appearances and has proved just how vital he is to Atletico's success.

Given Los Rojiblancos have everything to play for, and that Chelsea are already qualified for the next round, there must be a temptation to back the visitors.

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Certainly, the price of 13/10 (2.30) for Simeone's side to score first greatly appeals, and we can readily expect a fired-up Atletico to start the game with great intensity on Tuesday.

Chelsea, for their part, have conceded the opening goal in two of their last three matches, while when the two sides met in Madrid back in September it was Griezmann who broke the deadlock for the La Liga outfit five minutes before the break.

The French forward is offered at 9/2 (5.50) to score first once more and that could also be of interest given his return to form. 

Betting Banner - Best Bet Atletico Madrid to score first at 13/10 (2.30) for a 2pt stake with dabblebet 

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