Reigning European champions Liverpool will be looking to make it through to the quarter finals of the Champions League on Wednesday evening, however the Reds will have to overcome a first leg deficit in order to do so. Jurgen Klopp’s side host Atletico Madrid at Anfield, with a single goal from Spanish international Saul having been enough to separate the duo two weeks ago. Liverpool remain the favourites to progress given their performances on home soil over recent years, however the visitors will be quietly confident of knocking out the holders. Ahead of kick-off, we will take a detailed look at the two teams, as well as delivering our expert betting tip surrounding the fixture.
Despite seeing their unbeaten record in the English top-flight go away at Watford recently, Liverpool now know that just two more wins would see them win the Premier League for the first time. Jurgen Klopp’s side came from a goal down in order to beat Bournemouth on Saturday lunchtime, however the Reds have certainly not been on top form over recent weeks, with the absence of Captain Jordan Henderson having been felt. However, the attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane is enough to test even the very best defenders to the limit, with the Reds having scored 13 goals during their Group E campaign earlier this season. As a result, betting on Liverpool scoring over 2.5 goals during the 90 minutes and winning the game on Wednesday is an appealing option, especially at odds of 2.63 from bookmaker Bet365.
Atletico Madrid travel to England having not lost any of their last six matches in all competitions, however Diego Simeone’s side have been hugely inconsistent so far this season, as their fifth place standing in the La Liga table demonstrates. The likes of Saul and Thomas Partey were among their standout performers against Liverpool last time out, while former Chelsea striker Diego Costa could start for the visitors, having fully recovered from injury. However, Frenchman Thomas Lemar is a doubt for the trip after he picked up a knock against the Reds in the first leg in Spain.
The two teams have met on five occasions in the past, with Liverpool having just one win to their name from such encounters. However, Atletico’s 1-0 win at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in the first leg was their first clash since 2010, when Liverpool won 2-1 at Anfield in a Europe League tie. The duo last met in the Champions League during the 08/09 campaign, when both matches ended in a 1-1 draw.
Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Barcelona on their way to winning a sixth European Cup last season will certainly give the Reds the confidence needed to overturn another first leg deficit, with Atletico Madrid also not having a certain Lionel Messi within their ranks. Klopp’s men regularly save their best performances for European night’s at Anfield, however Atletico will also take heart from the fact that they have scored on each of their previous visits to Merseyside.
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