20/1 Liverpool to score vs Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid v Liverpool betting preview
Atletico Madrid have won just 1 of their last 7 matches ahead of this clashAtletico Madrid only managed to draw 2-2 against Valencia at the weekend, confirming they are in the worst period of form of the season. The Colochoneros are W1 D2 L4 in the last 7 outings having suffered two defeats against Real Madrid (both in the league and Super Cup), against Leonesa in Copa del Rey and Eibar in La Liga. Diego Simeone's men currently sit 4th in La Liga standings, 13 points below city rivals Real Madrid. As to the Champions League, Atletico finished six points behind Juventus in second place. At home, they drew 2-2 against the Italian champions in the opening match. Then they beat both Bayer Leverkusen (1-0) and Lokomotiv Moscow (2-0).
Kieran Trippier and Hector Herrera will both miss the first leg, while three forwards such as Diego Costa, Alvaro Morata and Joao Felix will be assessed ahead of the match. Should they all miss out, Vitolo and Angel Correa could be required to start up front. Yannick Ferreira Carrasco is another option in attack having secured a return to the Wanda Metropolitano in January. Elsewhere, Jose Gimenez returned to the Atleti bench over the weekend and is expected to partner Felipe in central defence.
Liverpool have won their last four matches in all competitions without concedingLiverpool are in superb form in the Premier League and look set to win the title. They have dropped only two points so far in the top flight, winning the remaining 25 fixtures and opening an impressive 25 point lead at the top of the Premier League table. The Reds managed to beat Norwich 1-0 at Carrow Road last time out, recording their 10th clean sheet in the last 11 league games. As to Champions League, Jurgen Klopp's side qualified for the round of 16 as group winners despite losing their opening game at Napoli. If there is a slight weakness, it's their away record in Europe. Last season, despite winning the tournament, the Reds lost all three road games in the group phase.
Sadio Mane and James Milner made their returns from injuries against Norwich on Saturday, and the former will be in the starting XI. The Senegal international will re-join Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah in attack. In midfield, Fabinho is likely to replace Naby Keita while Georgino Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson will retain their starting place. No changes are expected in the four man backline, with Joe Gomez preferred to Dejan Lovren once again. Xherdan Shaqiri remains sidelined with a groin injury, while Nathaniel Clyne is a long-term absentee.
20/1 Atletico or 11/1 Liverpool to win!
Atletico Madrid v Liverpool Starting LineupsAtletico Madrid (4-4-2): Oblak; Arias, Savic, Gimenez, Lodi; Vitolo, Koke, Thomas, Saul; Morata, Correa
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane
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