Atletico Madrid Up Against the Wall
Like it or not, Atletico Madrid’s ultra-defensive style works. Los Colchoneros have advanced to the UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals in six of the last nine seasons, and made it to the Final, twice!
Last week, Diego Simeone’s team didn’t take a single shot on goal against Manchester City, even so, hope’s still intact after losing 1-0. The Citizens remain the betting online favorites to advance, but the second leg at Wanda Metropolitano won’t be easy.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and Champions League odds for Atletico vs Man City. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Atletico Last Chance
Winning the UCL is Atletico Madrid’s last chance to not finish the season in blank. Domestically, they sit in fourth place, 15 points behind Real Madrid. Plus, they were eliminated from the Copa del Rey in the Round of 16.
Regarding the continental tournament, Los Colchoneros have been dealing with Premier League teams all season long. They faced Liverpool in the Group Stage, losing both games with a 5-2 aggregate.
Then, in the Round of 16, they met with Manchester United. Los Madridistas had to pull off an upset at Old Trafford to advance. The first leg at Wanda Metropolitano ended 1-1. They visited Manchester as the soccer betting underdogs at +280 and won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Renan Lodi.
Atletico’s style is based on defense, but that doesn’t mean the attacking unit lacks talent. Luis Suarez, Joao Felix, Antoine Griezmann, Angel Correa, and Matheus Cunha. They should be enough to compete mano a mano with Manchester City’s offensive power.
Jose Maria Gimenez and Hector Herrera, who didn’t play last week in Manchester due to injury, remain questionable. On the other hand, Yannick Carrasco will return after serving a three-match ban. The Belgian’s creativity will suit the team very well.
Man City Seems Unstoppable
Prior to this game, Manchester City faced none other than Liverpool and drew 2-2. That result allowed the Citizens to remain atop the EPL standings. Now, they’ll travel to Madrid without any concerns.
“Now we rest and then go to Madrid. No time for training and we’ll try to compete as well as possible,” said head coach Pep Guardiola after the game. Guardiola is being modest because City has been competing at a high level all season long. No matter where or when they play.
The Citizens advanced to the UCL Quarterfinals after winning Group A. They scored 18 goals, only Ajax (20) and Bayern Munich (22) scored more. Then, in the Round of 16, they crushed Sporting Lisbon 5-0. They scored all five goals in the first leg, which was played in Portugal.
We’re talking about a team with talent to spare. Ilkay Gundogan didn’t play against Liverpool, while Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez came off the bench. Fresher legs could make a huge difference on Wednesday.
Besides having won the first leg, there’s another good reason for City to control the Las Vegas odds at -130. Guardiola’s team is unbeaten in its last 12 road games in all competitions with a 10-2-0 record.
Finally, there are no major injuries to report.
Atletico vs Man City Head-to-Head
The first leg was the first time that these two met. As mentioned before, Manchester City won 1-0. Kevin De Bruyne scored the winning goal after a beautiful assist from Phil Foden. The home side won possession with 71 percent and took 15 shots.
Overall, City owns a 10-4-10 against Spanish teams, while Atletico Madrid is 15-16-11 against English teams.
Atletico vs Man City Game Information
- Date: Wednesday, April 13th
- Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid
- Atletico vs Man City Live Stream: fubo.tv
Atletico vs Man City Betting Lines
Atletico vs Man City Prediction
Everyone talks about Atletico Madrid and its defense, but how about Manchester City’s defense? Well, the Citizens own the best defensive record in the EPL after conceding only 20 goals in 31 games. Also, they finished their last three UCL games with a clean sheet.
Let’s not forget that City can advance with a draw – this squad is more than capable of getting a draw at Wanda Metropolitano. Even if the home side turns on the pressure cooker right from the start. My football prediction is a draw in which both will score, but the total won’t go over.
Score Prediction: Atletico Madrid 1, Manchester City 1