Atletico Madrid v Liverpool Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Atletico Madrid v Liverpool

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020


Wanda Metropolitano Stadium

Punter's Pick

Both sides have powerful defences that serve up plenty of clean sheets, although with the attacking talent on display there will surely be opportunity for a goal apiece – a score draw is 4/1 with Bet365 looks a distinctly strong possibility – the only previous two Champions League encounters between these two sides finished 1-1.

Roberto Firmino has made a habit of scoring away from home in recent months and the Brazilian can be backed to continue his good recent form by scoring anytime at 13/5 with Betfair.

 

Champions League holders Liverpool return to the scene of their triumph in last season’s final as they travel to what on paper looks to be a stern challenge of their defence against a solid if slightly unspectacular Atletico Madrid side at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Home side battling form

Normally one of the most consistent sides domestically and in Europe, Diego Simeone’s side have been battling for their best form almost all season, as they currently sit twelve points behind league leaders Real Madrid in fourth place. Realistically a title challenge has faded away for another season, and a battle for fourth place is looking more likely for Atletico, with four teams jockeying for position behind them, all within three points of Simeone’s team.

With just one win in their last seven games in all competition, Atletico will be approaching this game with some trepidation. Goals have been the main problem area for Simeone’s men, with just 25 goals scored in 24 league games so far this season, a poor return given some of the talent at their disposal.

Red machine roles

There are no such worries for Atletico’s opponents on Tuesday, with runaway league leaders Liverpool closing in on a maiden Premier League title and and 19th top flight crown overall. Saturday’s 1-0 win over Norwich City was slightly below par for the European champions, but given they were coming back off a two week break it was always likely they would need some time to find their rhythm again, something which they appeared to be doing in the latter stages against the bottom club.

Liverpool’s away form in the competition continues to be mixed – defeat against Napoli highlighted deficiencies in the Reds’ play when opposition teams smother their front three, and they will be under no illusion Simeone’s team will look to take a similarly robust approach against them and try to knock them out of their relentless winning stride.

Team News

Atletico remain without talisman Diego Costa, the Spanish striker still remained sidelined with injury, a big blow given his record of scoring against Liverpool during his time at Chelsea. Another former Blues striker, Alvaro Morata returned on Friday from injury of his own and will lead the line, hoping to add to his nine goals in all competitions so far this season. Portugese wonderkid Joao Felix has so far failed to live up to his billing, but the big stage could be just what the £100m+ teenager needs to show his undoubted talent.

Liverpool have a fully fit squad to choose from, with Takumi Minamino a new addition to their Champions League squad – the Japanese is eligible to play under new UEFA rules despite having played and scored against them in the group stages for Red Bull Salzburg. Sadio Mane returned from injury to score the winner as a second half substitute against Norwich City and will surely be recalled to the starting lineup at the expense of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Tense encounter to end in stalemate?

Goals are sure to be at a premium on Tuesday, with Diego Simeone compensating for the lack of goals currently in his team by setting them up to keep a clean sheet – they have conceded only seventeen in the league so far this season, just two more than Liverpool. The home side will feel they have enough physical presence to nullify Liverpool’s combative midfield trio, and Simeone will surely be happy to take a 0-0 to Anfield and look to steal something on the break in the second leg.

Punter's Pick

Both sides have powerful defences that serve up plenty of clean sheets, although with the attacking talent on display there will surely be opportunity for a goal apiece – a score draw is 4/1 with Bet365 looks a distinctly strong possibility – the only previous two Champions League encounters between these two sides finished 1-1.

Roberto Firmino has made a habit of scoring away from home in recent months and the Brazilian can be backed to continue his good recent form by scoring anytime at 13/5 with Betfair.

 

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