Manchester City - Atlético de Madrid betting tip & odds comparison 05.04.2022
Matchday 1 in the Champions League features the clash between Manchester City and Atlético Madrid at Etihad Stadium. The referee for this fixture (Apr 5, 2022 at 9:00 PM) will be István Kovács. In our preview of Manchester City vs. Atlético Madrid, you will receive all the important details and facts about this Champions League fixture. We will begin with an analysis of the current form of the two teams.
Manchester City have won 3 of their last 5 league matches (3 wins, 1 draw, 1 defeat. In the previous 4 home games in the Champions League season 2021/2022, Manchester City have won 3 matches, 1 game ended in a draw, and 0 games in defeat. (Goal difference 12:5).
Atletico Madrid will be hoping for another bountiful visit when they travel back to Manchester to take on Manchester City at the Etihad to face in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday night.
Diego Simeone’s side edged Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford to win 2-1 on aggregate in their round-of-16 tie. Man City on their part made light work of Sporting Lisbon to book their ticket to these quarters.
This is an intriguing match and we will turn the spotlight on Melbet and Odibets prices and options for our betting tips for today in this preview.
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A 5-0 thrashing of Sporting in the first leg of their last-16 tie was all Manchester City needed as they let the foot off the pedal in the 2nd leg at the Etihad in a dour goalless draw which was more than enough to earn them a ticket to the last eight of a competition they have coveted for the longest time.
City came so near yet so far last season, narrowly missing out on winning it all after a 1-0 loss to Chelsea in the final. They will be keen to have a go at it again this time and have been particularly devastating at this venue in the Champions League. Prior to the inconsequential draw with Sporting, they had won nine games on the trot.
They are also in a fierce battle with Liverpool for the Premier League title back at home. The Blues were briefly displaced from the top by Liverpool earlier on Saturday but quickly regained the top spot with a routine 2-0 win at Burnley. Guardiola will be looking to maintain their good form in their backyard here.
Atletico looked to be down and out after being held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United at their Wanda Metropolitano. They however proved, as they have many a time before, that they are built for this competition as they put up a signature Diego Simeone display at Old Trafford in the 2nd leg, which they won 1-0 to sail through on a 2-1 aggregate win.
The reigning La Liga Champions have had a torrid time in defence of their title as they find themselves 12 points behind their neighbors Real Madrid, with the finishing line in sight. They have nevertheless found some rhythm recently, winning their last six straight La Liga games including a 4-1 thrashing of Alaves at the weekend. Simeone as he is wont to do will be out to frustrate the home team in any way possible.
- COACH: Pep Guardiola
- MISSING PLAYERS: Dias (Hamstring injury), Mendy (Suspended), Palmer (Foot Injury)
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- COACH: Diego Simeone
- MISSING PLAYERS: Carrasco (Suspension), Herrera (Thigh Injury)
MAN CITY VS ATLETICO MADRID PREDICTIONS
Pep Guardiola will have to keep an eye on the potential Premier League decider this weekend when Liverpool comes calling. They will be keen to get an early goal here and keep things tight to carry to the 2nd leg. Atletico will bring out their playbook from that 2nd leg here where they will also play tenacious defence and try and hit City on the counter. As such, we do not expect loads of goals here. We are picking Under 2.5 Goals @ 1.99 with the OdiBet app as the first of our Champions League predictions tonight.
The game is likely to be a very physical affair. There is no love lost between Simeone and Guardiola. This will be the third meeting between them in the Champions League. Simeone had the last laugh back in the 2015/16 season as Atletico defeated Pep’s Bayern Munich outfit. He threw some barbs at his Pep this week calling him “lucky” on account of the talent he has had at his disposal. With such bad blood between the managers, we can expect the same to trickle down to the players. Melbet have Over 3.5 Bookings priced @ 1.45 and we are rolling with this as our final betting strategy for this clash.