Atletico Madrid have a comfortable lead ahead of this clash with Bayer Leverkusen. Can the visitors produce a Barcelona-like comeback to make the quarter finals?
Atletico Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen Predictions
After hitting four away goals and taking a two goal lead, Atletico are basically already in Friday’s quarter-final draw. However, don’t expect them to simply defend their lead, we expect them to kill this clash off. They should take advantage of a Bayer side who are missing two of their first choice back four. The full strength Leverkusen side conceded four in Germany, so we can see them shipping plenty of goals here.
We’re seeing a different Atletico side, one which takes risks and opens up a little more. They were happy to keep pushing forward in the first meeting to rack up a big lead, and we see them doing the same here. We’re backing a big night for Diego Simeone’s men, as we’re going with over 2.5 Atletico goals for our first Atletico Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen prediction, which is priced at 21/10 with William Hill. New William Hill offer – £30 free bets.
We also see a goal for the visitors, who should go all out here. They’re unlikely to make Europe next season, and they have little chance to make an impression after this game. They need at least three goals to cause a shock, so they’re not likely to sit back and defend. Bayer scored away to CSKA, Tottenham and Monaco in the group stage, and we see them finding the net on Wednesday. A home win and both teams to score is priced at 11/5 with Betfair and that’s our second Atletico Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen prediction.
Bayer come in to this game with a few absentees, with Hakan Calhanoglu suspended for the rest of the season. Atletico also have a couple of worries, with Filipe Luis and Gabi both suspended after picking up yellows in the first leg.
Head to Head Stats
Atletico have just edged the last two home meetings with Bayer, but that’s likely to change this week. Their previous meetings had been close, until that first leg thriller. Another goal packed game is likely.
Atletico Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen Betting Odds
Given that we’re backing goals for Atletico, it seems smart to follow that up with goalscorer bets. Kevin Gameiro and Fernando Torres are both carrying slight knocks in to this game, so we’re looking at a big display from Antoine Griezmann. Their clinical forward is going to be a huge threat to Bayer, after scoring five in five games. He’s 10/11 with Sky Bet to score any time, while he’s 10/3 with Coral to open the scoring.
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