Atletico Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen Betting Tip and Prediction. In the second leg of the 1/8 finals in the UEFA Champions League Atletico Madrid host Bayer Leverkusen at Vicente Calderón.
Atletico Madrid lost in the first match 1-0 and they will have very difficult task to score at least two goals and to save their net in order to qualify in the quarter-finals of UEFA Champions League. Team from Madrid was very close to win this competition last season, but they lost in the final against city rival – Real Madrid.
Their recent for is not at the high level. Atletico Madrid failed to win in their last three matches in Primera and they dropped at the 4th position. Barca and Real Madrid have very decent advantage and it will be very hard for Atletico to win the title this season. They also lost in the quarter-finals of Copa del Rey, so the UEFA Champions League is the only competition where they still have a chance to make some good result.
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They will have to improve their performance if they really want to go through in the next phase.
Bad news for Atleti are that Diego Godín (26/3 d) and Tiago (21/4 m) are both out due suspension, while Saúl Ñíguez (14/3 m) and Siqueira (19/0 d) are both injured.
Their coach Diego Simeone still believes that Atleti can go through, but he need a support. “I want a noisy Vicente Calderón that pushes us to get things done. I don’t want a moment’s silence.” – said Simeone.
Bayer Leverkusen made very good result in the first match and they believe that they can qualify in the next round. But their coach Roger Schmidt said that first-leg result was positive, but that they haven’t achieved anything yet and Atlético are still favorites.
The visitors are in an amazing form with consecutive wins in all competition in which they didn’t conceded a single goal.
Bayer Leverkusen will be without Jedvaj (14/2 d) and Kruse (4/0 m).
As their coach said Atletico is still favorite, but the German side also have very good chance to go through.
Atletico will for sure play very carefully, because if they concede goal they will have to score three goals and it could be an impossible mission.
I expect tough match between Atletico Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen and less than 3 goals, but in the matches like these everything is possible.
Atletico Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen Possible lineups
Atletico Madrid: Moyà; Juanfran, Giménez, Miranda, Jesús Gámez; Mario Suárez, Gabi, Koke; Arda, Griezmann, Mandžukić.
Bayer Leverkusen: Leno; Hilbert, Toprak, Spahić, Wendell; Castro, L. Bender; Bellarabi, Çalhanoğlu, Son; Drmić.