Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid Prediction (UEFA Champions League) – March 12, 2020, 04:00 (GMT +8)
All eyes will be on Liverpool as they try to overcome a 0-1 deficit against Atletico Madrid in their Champions League round-of-16 tie. The Reds take on visiting Atletico Madrid at Anfield in the second leg on Thursday. Read on for Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid Prediction and betting tips.
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As of press time, there is still no official announcement yet if this match will be played behind closed doors or not due to concerns on the coronavirus spread in Europe.
The Reds, who won their sixth Champions League title after beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in last year’s final, have won twice, both at home, and lost thrice in their last five matches in all competitions.
They head into their match against Atletico after beating AFC Bournemouth 2-1 in the Premier League where they comfortably lead the table with 82 points after 29 matches.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have won only two of their last 11 games against teams from Spain after their first-leg defeat at Atletico. At Anfield, the Reds prevailed in six of their 18 games against Spanish sides and won four of the last six.
THIRD STRAIGHT LAST-16
Liverpool seeing action in their third straight last-16 and eighth overall, have managed to win in nine of their last 13 European games, whilst drawing twice and also losing twice.
Their defeat at Atletico snapped Liverpool’s eight-game unbeaten streak in the last-16. But they were without a loss in 25 European home games, winning 18 matches and drawing eight.
Liverpool, who have four wins and one loss in five UEFA penalty shootouts, have won 14 of the 28 UEFA competition matchups wherein they were beaten away in the first leg.
Atletico, meanwhile, had two wins and three draws in their last five games in all competitions. They are at present fifth in the La Liga table with 45 points after 27 matches and trail fourth placers Getafe by just a point.
Los Rojiblancos have been beaten in five of their last 14 European away fixtures, whilst winning four of them.
VERSUS ENGLAND SIDES
Against teams from England, Atletico won eight of their 10 two-legged knockout matches. They have been to two Champions League and three Europa League finals in the last 10 seasons.
Of the 38 UEFA tournament ties in which they won in the home first leg, Atletico were able to win 30 times. In six UEFA penalty shootouts, Atletico have won twice and lost four times.
|2.12||Avg Goals Scored Per Match||1.40|
|1.10||Avg Goals Conceded Per Match||0.883|
Atletico lead 1-0 from the first leg, and if they’re able to score 1 goal, Liverpool will need to win this match by 2 clear goals to progress.
Liverpool finally went back to winning ways following a troubling few weeks where their loss to Atletico was followed by their first league defeat of the season and then a defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup. They’re still going to win the Premier League, and all focus will be on this game.
Atletico are 5th in the league following their draw to Sevilla on the weekend, a result that extended their lossless run to 6 games in all competitions. They are certainly capable of finding the net, and they are likely to try to go out and get an away goal.
Liverpool have not kept a clean sheet in 5 games, but even if the visitors do score, you shouldn’t rule them out just yet. They have had some famous comebacks in this tournament in recent years – just ask Dortmund and Barcelona fans. I smell goals in this fixture.
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