Bayern Munich are likely to be the seventh side in the last eight of the Champions League which means all attention will be on Atletico Madrid’s visit to Chelsea.
Bayern, who lead by four points in the Bundesliga, will host Lazio with four away goals to their credit. An aggregate start of 4-1 seems to be a bridge too far for the Italians to cross.
It’s almost a foregone conclusion then that Bayern Munich will join Real Madrid and Manchester City in the quarters.
The game of the night pits Diego Simeone’s Atleti against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Somewhat unexpectedly the Blues handed the Spaniards a rare home defeat in the opening leg.
The 1-0 advantage will be worth it’s weight in gold on Wednesday as Simeone attempts to mastermind a comeback in London over Thomas Tuchel’s much-improved side.
Tuchel’s men are on a run in the Premier League and are unbeaten in five games, the same goes for their European form.
In their last 10 games across both competitions, Atletico have lost 3 and have five draws which points to a struggle if they want to join Real Madrid in the last eight.
Tammy Abraham won’t be available alongside suspended duo Mason Mount and Jorginho. But the well-rested Mateo Kovacic is due back to partner N’Golo Kante in the centre of midfield.
Crucially, Saul Niguez is in line to start for Simeone with Joao Felix also fit.
The big picture? Chelsea need a draw and their record against Atletico Madrid is good. It boasts three wins compared to Atletico’s two, and the other three ties have ended in draws.
A draw is good enough for the Blues.