Chelsea could make it to a third European final in three years on Wednesday if they can overcome Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge in their Champions League semi-final second leg.
The first leg saw a very defensive Blues side record a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw which makes them slight favourites to advance to the final in Lisbon on May 24.
However, Diego Simeone's side could put themselves in the driving seat with an away goal in West London, which would leave Jose Mourinho's side needing to score twice against the competition's best defence, per Squawka:
Atletico have conceded just 5 goals this season in the Champions League, the fewest in the competition. pic.twitter.com/uVmpxBTbco— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 22, 2014
Read on for full TV and live streaming information as well as a preview of Wednesday's clash.
Date: Wednesday April 30
Time: 7:45 p.m. BST/ 2:45 p.m. ET
TV Info: Live on Sky Sports 1/ Fox Sports 1
Team Selection Key
Chelsea have some casualties from the first leg through both injury and suspension.
Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel are ineligible after picking up yellow cards in Madrid, while Petr Cech and captain John Terry both left the field injured and were initially ruled out of Wednesday's game, per The Guardian's Daniel Taylor:
Mourinho in press conference. "Petr Cech's season is over. For John (Terry) we will have to play the final for him to play again" #CFC— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) April 22, 2014
But Terry has subsequently been passed fit while Cech has been confirmed as unable to take part, per Sky Sports Football:
Eden Hazard and John Terry will play for Chelsea against Atletico Madrid tomorrow, but Petr Cech has been ruled out. http://t.co/4mZ5bOKvRY— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) April 29, 2014
Mourinho managed to mastermind a 2-0 away victory over Liverpool in the Premier League at the weekend with a weakened side, provided below per ESPN FC, and with rested players returning he should be confident in his side's ability to claim victory.
Chelsea XI: Schwarzer; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Kalas, Cole; Lampard, Mikel, Matic; Salah, Ba, Schurrle. Cahill, Willian, Torres on bench.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) April 27, 2014
The likes of Gary Cahill and Willian were brought on late at Anfield and will likely be included along with David Luiz who did not even feature in Sunday's squad.
Meanwhile, Branislav Ivanovic will return after being suspended for the first leg and Ashley Cole did his selection chances no harm with another terrific performance against Liverpool.
The Times' Matt Dickinson sees only three or four players keeping their places from the team that beat the Reds:
Of Chelsea XI, guess 3 likely to remain v Atletico (Shwarzer, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta) and maybe Cole.— Matt Dickinson (@DickinsonTimes) April 27, 2014
Mourinho will have been buoyed by the recent performances of Mark Schwarzer, both when he came on against Atletico and in his clean sheet at Anfield, for which WhoScored.com made him man of the match:
Mark Schwarzer: MotM vs Liverpool, Rating 8.4, Saves 8, Crosses claimed 2, Punches 2 @chelseafc— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) April 27, 2014
The Portuguese is the master of situations such as this, and although he will likely set out defensively again, that will not automatically mean another goalless draw.
Atletico will be desperate for an away goal and could be left vulnerable on the counter-attack, an area which Chelsea will look to exploit.
Away Goal Would Change Everything
An early away goal for Atletico and they will be well and truly favourites to advance. Similarly to Chelsea they come into this match on the back of a key league win, a 1-0 victory over Valencia.
That result leaves them top of La Liga and will see them well into the game at Stamford Bridge where a fast start will be essential.
In Diego Costa they have a man who can score against the best, his seven goals in seven Champions League appearances highlighting this fact, per Squawka.
The Madrid outfit will be missing their captain Gabi, a factor which Spanish football writer Sid Lowe believes could be very significant:
Lot of talk of missing players for Chelsea in second leg, but absence of Gabi for Atlético hugely significant.— Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) April 23, 2014
However, this tie will most likely be decided by just one goal, and even without their skipper, Atleti have the quality to score at Stamford Bridge.
A goal for them, and Chelsea would be required to score two or see themselves go out of the competition. This would open the match up and make it anyone's game.
Mourinho is unlikely to put out an attacking side on Wednesday, meaning a repeat of last week's result is not unlikely.
Another 0-0 draw and it may come down to that most brutal of footballing moments, the penalty shootout.
These two sides seem so evenly matched that it would almost be appropriate, if cruel, to see the tie decided on spot kicks.