Betting tips & odds comparison 11.03.2020 Liverpool FC - Atlético de Madrid
Betting Tip for matchday 2 of the 2019/2020 Champions League between Liverpool FC and Atlético de Madrid. The game will be played at Anfield (Liverpool, England) on 11.03.2020 at 21:00.
Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid
Liverpool welcome Atletico Madrid to Anfield on Wednesday night in what they hope will be another magical European night as they set out to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit in the last 16 of the Champions League.
The Reds head into this tie trailing 1-0 to the La Liga side after the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at Estadio Metropolitano and must secure victory by at least two goals in this return match to ensure their defence of the trophy remains on the cards.
Famous Champions League comebacks have become synonymous with Liverpool. They do not have to go very far for inspiration. Liverpool’s last Champions League knockout match at Anfield saw Klopp’s men produce one of the greatest comebacks in the history of European football. After a 3-0 defeat at Camp Nou, the Reds put four unanswered goals past Barcelona on home turf to reach the 2019 final, which they went on to win in Madrid. After their first-leg defeat to a raucous capacity crowd in Madrid Jurgen Klopp was certain they will return the favor in the return leg: “This will be in a different stadium, our stadium – Atletico will feel that and that’s what we are looking forward to.”
Anfield has become somewhat of a fortress under Klopp’s watch. Liverpool’s imperious form at Anfield was exemplified last weekend as their midday Premier League comeback win over Bournemouth saw them set an English top-flight record for consecutive home victories. Having returned to winning ways after back-to-back defeats, the Reds are buoyed heading into this must-win encounter. That win over Bournemouth put the brakes on an inexplicable three-game losing streak that momentarily threatened to derail their historic season. Those three losses came against Atletico Madrid in the first leg of this Champions League tie, Watford in the Premier League and Chelsea in the FA Cup last week.
Liverpool got an injury boost with news that captain Jordan Henderson has made a full recovery and will be available for selection.
The Champions League is Atleti’s last hope of silverware this season and Simeone’s side are locked in a battle to make it for this competition again next season, currently sitting fifth in the table and a point outside the top four following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with third-placed Sevilla.
But in the last six seasons, Atleti have proven to be a force to reckon with Europe – they have reached two Champions League finals, a semi-final and a quarter-final. They are experts when it comes to knockout phase football, and in Diego Simeone, they have a tactical master who is able to elevate his players to a level greater than the sum of their parts. The 1-0 scoreline at the Wanda Metropolitano was a fair reflection of the game, with Saul Niguez putting the Spaniards in the lead who then put the game to bed with their usual aggressive pressing and closing the lines between their defence and midfield. It was indeed telling that Liverpool, who have been scoring goals for fun this season, failed to muster a single shot on target in that game. It was another Champions League masterclass from Simeone and gives his side hope that they can complete an unlikely victory at Anfield and knock the defending champions out of the competition.
With Simeone at the helm, La Rojiblancos have won 25 of the 26 two-legged European ties in which they have prevailed in the first leg, although the exception to that came just last season when Juventus mounted a second leg comeback inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo. Atleti were beaten 3-0 away to Juventus at this stage 12 months ago after claiming a 2-0 advantage in Madrid. They will be wary not to let that infamous piece of history repeat itself.
Atleti’s away form which will be perhaps their biggest concern given Liverpool’s home form and their attacking firepower, particularly at home. Atletico are yet to win a game on the road this calendar year, including a defeat to third-tier Cultural Leonesa in the cup, and remarkably have only won one of their last 13 away games across all competitions. Most of these have been draws, which of course, in this case, would be enough for them to progress but it is remarkably at complete odds with their home form, where they have lost just one of their last 26 outings. Indeed, they have conceded more goals than they have scored on the road in La Liga this season, so it will take another defensive masterclass for them to hold on to their advantage on Merseyside.
Simeone heads to Anfield with a near fully available squad to choose from. The only potential absentee is Thomas Lemar, who is struggling with a thigh injury.
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|Injured: Alisson Becker (hip), Shaqiri (calf), Clyne (knee) and Lemar (thigh), Morata (thigh)|
OUR BETTING TIPS AND PREDICTIONS FOR LIVERPOOL V ATLETICO MADRID
This Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid Champions League contest is sure to be an enthralling watch then and it would take a lot to call it either way. It is so finely balanced and anything can happen. What is really interesting about this fixture is that it now comes down to Atletico Madrid. They hold the aces. They will most probably do what they did in the first leg – keeping the Reds at bay before sneaking a goal on the counter-attack. Remember, if they find the net here then Liverpool would need to score THREE times to overcome Atleti’s enhanced advantage, and that would take nothing short of another miracle to achieve.
We foresee another tactical game of chess with few scoring opportunities. Our first betting tip for the game is Goal Under 2.5 @ 1.78.
Under the circumstances, we also do not see both teams scoring. Either Atleti will lock it down and end in a goalless stalemate, or if it stays 0-0 deep into the match, either team might score a goal to either force the game into extra time in the case of Liverpool, or kill the tie once and for all for Atleti. BTTS No @ 1.72 is our final betting tip for the game.
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