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Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid - Champions League Preview and Odds


Published on: 10/05/2017

Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid - Champions League Preview and Odds

May 10, 2017 19:45pm - Estadio Vicente Calderon

Champions League - Semi-finals second leg (0-3)

Can Atletico pull off a “Gran Remontada?”

Atletico Madrid will need to complete one of European football`s greatest ever comebacks if they are to progress to the final of this season’s Champions League. The Colchoneros are three goals down to their fierce rivals and do not have the comfort of an away goal to fall back on. Therefore, if they concede on Wednesday night, they will have to score five to progress.

With rumours abound that Coach Diego Simeone is set to leave the club at the end of the campaign, this could be the Argentinean’s last chance to add to his haul of silverware in Madrid.

Meanwhile, opponents Real Madrid will not be taking anything for granted as they go in search of their 12th European Cup. However, they will fancy their chances of getting on the score sheet as their rivals go in search of the three goals that they need to take the tie to extra-time.

Los Blancos have lost just one of their last 11 away matches in this competition and only failed to score in three of those encounters.

Team news

Atletico Madrid:

Injured - Jose Gimenez (adductor strain), Juanfran (thigh), Sime Vrsaljko (knee), Augusto Fernandez (ACL).

Real Madrid:

Injured - Raphael Varane, Dani Carvajal (thigh strain), Gareth Bale (calf strain).

Doubtful - Pepe (double leg fracture).

Recent form (All competitions)

Atletico Madrid: WLWLW

Real Madrid: WWWWL

Betting odds and tips

Atletico`s main priority will be to avoid conceding any away goals in this game, while picking their moment to strike at the other end. They have kept 16 clean sheets in their last 18 matches at home in this competition, so that part of the task in not beyond them.

Real Madrid strolled to a 4-0 win at already-relegated Granada last weekend with several key players rested and will set about finding the net as soon as possible to wrap up this tie.

With such an unusual dynamic in this game, it is tough to predict how the action will pan out. The home side will need to balance caution with attacking intent, while the visitors will want to avoid creating a pressure situation by conceding early on.

An open and free-flowing game does not suit the style of Simeone`s team but we can expect a more attacking approach than usual. As a result, there could be a few goals in this game.

You can back Over 2.5 Goals at 7/10 with Bet365

By Neil Morris

Published on: 10/05/2017

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (10/05/2017 07:23:52) but are subject to change.