Liverpool – Atletico Madrid
Liverpool will have to deal with the result from the first leg when they host Atletico Madrid at the Anfield in a second leg from the Champions League 1/8-finals. In today’s Champions League predictions we will preview this match for you.
The first game at the Wanda Metropolitano ended with a 1-0 win for Atletico Madrid, which played a typical “Atletico” game – they defended very well and scored just once, which was enough to take the win. It was Saul Niguez who scored the winning goal after just four minutes of playing.
It’s a good result for Atletico Madrid, but against Liverpool it’d be a suicide to regard it enough in order to progress. Just remember what happened to Barcelona last season after their 3-0 win over the Reds at the Camp Nou. Yeah, that’s right – the Anfield is a scary place.
We have the feeling that we will see Diego Costa return to the starting eleven at the Anfield. He entered the pitch as a substitute in the first game, but Atletico will need players with his mentality for the second leg. The manager Diego Simeone knows this very well.
Liverpool were in a tough period, losing three games out of four, but it’s normal for every team to have difficult moments like this. On Saturday they prepared for Atletico with another win in the Premier League, securing a 2-1 win against Bournemouth at home. The visitors scored first, but Liverpool turned it around with goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
In our Champions League predictions we expect a pretty great game between Liverpool and Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. The Spanish team have the advantage here, but their advantage is very fragile. We think that Liverpool will score at least once at their own ground, which means that Atletico will have to think about attack, too.