Atletico Madrid welcome Manchester City at Stadio Wanda Metropolitano in a crucial second leg of their Champions League quarter final on Wednesday evening. The first leg ended in a 1-0 victory for the English champions, but the result was much closer than what the performance on the pitch suggested, so Atleti will need a huge upgrade if they want to reach the semi-finals..
Where and when: Wanda Metropolitano – 13 April, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Atletico Madrid vs. Manchester City: BT Sport
Last time: Those sides had never met before their quarter-final first leg that took place last week .Manchester City earned a precious 1-0 at Etihad Stadium thanks to a strike from Kevin De Bruyne, but the clash will be remembered for Atletico Madrid’s zero shots towards Ederson’s goal.
Atlético Madrid vs. Manchester City Predictions and Preview
A 1-0 loss at Etihad Stadium can hardly be considered as a bad result for any team, but Atletico’s performance from in their first-leg was truly disheartening. Diego Simeone fielded his men in the most negative way, as at times Atletico’s formation seemed to be close to 5-5-0 and didn’t fire a single shot towards Ederson’s goal.
The Spanish side will need improve dramatically if they are about to cause an upset against one of the main favourites of winning the competition, but it remains to be seen if Atleti are capable of this. Morale will be low, as the still defending La Liga champions were beaten 1-0 by Mallorca during the weekend in what was another poor performance in attack.
Manchester City, meanwhile, face Liverpool in a decisive clash at the top for the Premier League on Sunday and a game of this magnitude can surely distract Pep Guardiola’s side ahead of this second leg. The Citizens have lost only one of their last 22 games in all competitions, but they cannot afford to underestimate Atletico, who already eliminated Manchester United in the previous round.
Atletico Madrid vs. Manchester City full time result odds
The hosts will have to do without Hector Herrera and Jose Gimenez, who are both out with muscle injuries, while Yannick Carrasco is suspended. Atletico must show more than their gritty defensive performance from the first leg and Diego Simoene’s men are 7/2 to earn an unlikely victory against the English Champions.
Meanwhile, Ruben Dias is the only injury concern for the visitors, but Gabriel Jesus will miss the game due to suspension. Wanda Metropolitano is one of the most intimidating places to visit in Europe, but despite this Pep Guardiola’s men are firm 4/5 favourites to get another victory over the Spaniards in this Atletico Madrid vs. Manchester City preview.
Atlético Madrid vs. Manchester City both over/under odds
Diego Simeone’s men have seen under 2.5 goals pay off in five of their last six home Champions League games, while the same applies for each of Manchester City’s last two clashes in the competition. The Spanish side is well known for their ultra-defensive style and considering their display from the first leg, it’s unlikely that Atletico will change too much at least in the beginning of Wednesday’s clash. Therefore, our pick is under 2.5 goals available at 42/41 in these Atletico Madrid vs. Manchester City tips.
Atlético Madrid vs. Manchester City correct score odds
Atletico Madrid are winless in seven consecutive games at home and it is unlikely that this record will change against Manchester City. However, the English champions have been far from impressive on the road this term and have only won two of their last four visits in the Champions League. Meanwhile, two of Atleti’s last three home draws, including their last Champions League clash against Manchester United ended 1-1, so our pick for Wednesday’s game is a 1-1 draw available at 34/5.
Atlético Madrid vs. Manchester City first goalscorer odds
Kevin De Bruyne scored his only Champions League goal in the first leg, but the Belgian superstar is one of the most prolific midfielders in the modern game and has a total of 13 strikes in all competitions. Manchester City are expected to dominate possession once again, so watch out for De Bruyne to break the deadlock at 15/2, while the odds raise to 65/1 if the game ends as 1-1 draw.