Manchester City (6-1-2) travels to Spain to take on Atletico Madrid (3-2-4) in the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinal at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday. City took the first leg 1-0 and is 6-3-0 in its last nine matches in all competitions, while Atletico has lost two straight games. Which club will advance to the semifinal? Find out in our Atletico Madrid vs Manchester City prediction.
Atletico Madrid vs Manchester City Odds & Analysis
Manchester City opened as the favorite at -125 on the moneyline, while Atletico Madrid comes in as the sizable underdog at +250. The total was set at 2.5 goals with the OVER going 4-0 in Real Madrid’s last four games and 2-1-1 in City’s last four away games in the Champions League. The UNDER has gone 3-1 in Atletico’s last four matches in the competition.
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- Best Spread+140-160MCI-1+1ATM
- Best Moneyline-126+385MCIATM
- Best Total-150+130Over22Under
Atletico Needs To Rethink Strategy Ahead Of Second Leg
Atletico suffered a disappointing loss in their last match, falling 1-0 to Mallorca in La Liga. The loss slashed Atletico’s six-game win streak in the league as the club fell six points back of leaders Real Madrid. Manager Diego Simeone decided to rest several key players ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League match, but the choice clearly backfired as Atletico managed just one shot on target in the game.
The loss to Mallorca came on the heels of the first leg against Manchester City, where Atletico also fell by a score of 1-0. The Spanish side was content to sit back and play on the counter against the home side, who dominated 70 percent of possession in the match. Atletico finished the game with zero shots on target, so they’ll clearly have to be more aggressive on home turf in the second leg.
De Bruyne Lifts City Past Atletico In First Leg
Manchester City played to a 2-2 draw against Liverpool in their last match in the English Premier League on Sunday. Kevin De Bruyne (5’) and Gabriel Jesus (37’) scored for City while Diogo Jota (13’) and Sadio Mane (46’) netted goals for Liverpool.
The draw kept Manchester City’s unbeaten streak in all competitions alive – a run of nine matches dating to February 26 – while the club sits atop the league table, one point ahead of Liverpool.
In the first leg against Atletico, it was a cutting pass from Phil Foden and a smart finish from De Bruyne in the 70th minute that made the difference. City controlled play and had their chances, mustering 15 shots in total, but hit the target only twice. They’ll be confident about their chances heading into the second leg but will certainly want to be more clinical in front of goal.
Atletico Madrid vs Manchester City Pick & Insights
Atletico Madrid: Keys To Victory
Atletico’s boss, Simeone, was complimentary of Manchester City after the first leg, calling them the “best team in the world.” That belief was obvious – perhaps too obvious – in the first meeting as Atletico looked intimidated, allowing City to control too much of the ball. The Spanish side will have to pressure higher up the pitch and try to manufacture their own possession if they’re going to win and advance.
Manchester City: Keys To Victory
Manchester City may indeed be the best team in the world, boasting an excellent team from the net out and a three-headed attack of De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez that is nearly impossible to contain. It was De Bruyne who provided the lethal finish in the first leg, but look out for Mahrez to make an impact in the second leg as he leads City with six Champions League goals in nine matches this season.
Odds Shark’s Computer Atletico Madrid vs Manchester City Prediction: Man City -125
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