The Champions League round of 16 continues with more first-leg action on CBS All Access on Tuesday as Atletico Madrid and Chelsea square off, but not in Spain. The match will be played in Bucharest due to travel restrictions. Both teams are loaded with talent, though neither is usually considered among the top-tier contenders in the competition, and only one can advance to the last eight when the second leg takes place next month. This first leg sees both teams enter after disappointing results over the weekend.
Here’s how you can watch the match and what to know:
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 23
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Location: Arena Nationala — Bucharest, Romania
TV: CBS Sports Network
Live stream: CBS All Access
Odds: Atletico +170; Draw +200; Chelsea +190 (via William Hill Sportsbook)
Craving more coverage of the Champions League? The ¡Que Golazo! podcast has a full preview of Tuesday’s action. Listen below:
Atletico: Remember how they were running away with La Liga? Well, not anymore. It appears to be a two-horse race at the moment alongside Real Madrid as Atletico have won just one of their last four games and just lost to Levante at home on Saturday. The defense has been filled with mistakes, which is uncharacteristic, while the attack has been off. In the last two games, both against Levante, Atletico have recorded 42 shots, scoring just once. They’ll hope it is just a rough patch and not a sign of continued form.
Chelsea: Christian Pulisic is set to return from a slight injury and is expected to play for the Blues, while Thiago Silva is still out with his injury, putting the Chelsea backline in a tough spot against a speedy, talented attack. Since Silva picked up his injury against Tottenham on Feb. 4, the Blues have conceded just two goals in four games, with Andreas Christensen coming in. But those matches were against below-average attacks of Sheffield United, Barnsley, Newcastle and Southampton. The real test begins now with a wild stretch coming up of Atletico, Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton, Leeds and the return leg against Atletico. An absolutely brutal run of matches.
Atletico and Chelsea both get a goal in the second half in a result that suits the Blues more than Los Colchoneros. Pick: Atletico 1, Chelsea 1