Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool Match Preview: Team News And Betting Tips
With the Champions League knock out stage upon us, defending Champions Liverpool will travel to the stadium where they won it last season, Wanda Metropolitano Stadium to face Atletico Madrid.
Atletico Madrid under Diego Simeone have reached two Champions League finals and both times been undone by rivals Real Madrid, but they have not been beyond the Last 16 since reaching the Semi Final in the 2016/17 season.
Atletico Madrid comes into the First Leg of this Champions League tie having won 1 of their last 7 games in all competitions. They were held to a 2-2 draw at Valencia this past weekend, but Atletico Madrid have remained stronger at home where they are unbeaten in 5 games in all competitions and they have won 4 of those fixtures.
Atletico Madrid Team News
Hector Herrera and Kieran Trippier are both expected to miss out, while Joao Felix and Diego Costa are doubts. Alvaro Morata returned to the side as a substitute in the last fixture, although he may not be quite ready to start.
Liverpool Team News
Liverpool secured another tight win away from home in the Premier League on Saturday which means Liverpool are a maximum of five wins away from becoming English Champions for the first time since 1990.
Their attention may now begin to turn to the defence of the Champions League title they won last season against Tottenham in the finals, although this is far from a straight-forward Last 16 tie.
Winning the First Leg away from home may be a real boost for Liverpool and any kind of positive result would have to make them huge favourites to progress to the Quarter Final. They have lost 1 of their last 8 Champions League fixtures since the 3-0 loss at Barcelona in the Semi-Final First Leg last season.
The Reds have won 4 of their last 6 away Champions League ties, but a deeper look shows they have lost 7 of their last 11 on their travels in this competition including a 2-0 loss at Napoli in the Group Stage.
Sadio Mane and James Milner both returned from injuries off the bench on Saturday, although the former is more likely to return to the starting eleven along with Fabinho.
Betting Tips And Odds
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