Prediction and odds for the game: Atletico Madrid (21/10) vs Liverpool (13/10)
We are backing the away win
When: Tuesday 19 October 2021, Kick-off 20:00
Where: The Wanda Metropolitano
On Tuesday night, Atletico Madrid hosts Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano, in Group B of the Champions League. The clash promises to be one of the highlights of the midweek action in European football’s elite competition.
Diego Simeone’s team enjoyed the weekend off as their match against Granada was postponed due to several of the home team’s squad being on international duty in South America. The men from Madrid may well need that extra rest time for this difficult encounter.
The reigning Spanish champions have not quite hit the same heights as last season. However, despite a seemingly underwhelming start to their domestic campaign, Atletico are still just three points adrift of leaders Real Sociedad, having played a game fewer than the side from San Sebastian.
When it comes to the Champions League, the Colchoneros have taken four points from their two outings in Group B. A 2-1 win at Italian giants Milan followed a disappointing 0-0 draw at home against Porto in gameweek one.
The win over Milan last time out ended a three-game winless run for Atletico in the Champions League that dated back to last season.
Jurgen Klopp’s team have certainly started the season in a promising fashion. The Reds hammered Watford 5-0 at Vicarage Road last time out, as that famous front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and of course, Mohamed Salah all found the net. The victory means that the Merseysider’s are 20 games unbeaten in all competitions dating back to their 2-0 defeat at Atletico’s Real Madrid in last season’s Champions League.
The visitors have won both of their matches in Europe’s elite competition, beating Milan 3-2 at Anfield before hammering Porto 5-1 on their own patch last time out.
Liverpool have a strong recent record in the Champions League, as they have won five of their previous eight matches in the competition while suffering just one defeat in the process. The visitors have also won four of their previous six away games in the Champions League.
One negative for Liverpool is that they have failed to beat Atletico over 90 minutes in six meetings in European competition. They have also lost on their last two visits to Atletico, without finding the net. That record will certainly be put to the test in this game.
Liverpool seems to have found form, especially in front of goal, while Atletico’s form has not been the greatest of late. That is why we are backing the away win, as the visitor’s attack seems to have found their shooting boots of late. Five of the last six meetings between these two teams have produced under 2.5 goals. However, we believe this could be a higher scoring encounter, so are backing over 2.5 goals scored.
Our Tips: We are backing the away win at odds of 13/10 and/or over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 19/17. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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Who will come out on top in this fascinating encounter?