Atletico Madrid v Liverpool Prediction: Champions League Match on 19.10.2021
The top teams in European football return to action in midweek as the UEFA Champions League present round three of the groups on Tuesday and Wednesday. One of the standout fixtures on Tuesday sees Spain take on England when La Liga champions Atletico Madrid play host to Premier League contenders Liverpool. You can watch this match live on television from 20:00 and armchair fans are in for a thrilling 90 minutes as two possible title winners go head to head.
Atletico Madrid enjoy the home advantage and know victory on matchday three would send them top of Group B, ahead of their opponents and into the driving seat for qualification to the knockout rounds. If the Spaniards can win here, it would send out a message of intent to the rest of the competition but know the victory won’t come cheap here. Liverpool are top of the table with a 100% record, and know another win here would see them take a huge leap to the next phase.
Madrid and Liverpool have met six times previously, but the Reds have managed just one win in that time. The head to head stats show Atletico boast three victories with two games ending in a draw. They claimed a stunning 3-2 over Liverpool at Anfield when the clubs last crossed paths in March of 2020. Liverpool’s only win came at Anfield in 2010, three games ago. That will catch the attention of stats lovers but will Jurgen Klopp’s men end their drought, or will we see more of the same from Madrid?
Madrid in a strong position
Atletico Madrid were surprise winners of the La Liga title last season, finishing ahead of derby rivals Real Madrid with Barcelona in third. It was one of the biggest shocks in European football at the time, but that wouldn’t be a patch on the surprise if they were to lift the Champions League this season. They have the players and talent to go all the way, but there’s still plenty of football to be played and lots of work to be done. They should have enough class to get out of the group but will Madrid progress as champions or runners up.
The home team enter this match with four points on the board after an opening day draw and a win last time. They got off the mark when playing out a level finish with FC Porto despite starting that game as strong favourites to claim the victory. Madrid did bag their first win at the second time of asking, beating AC Milan on matchday two, moving on to four points behind Liverpool on six. The hosts have scored two goals and conceded one, which is two fewer goals against than their opponents. That sturdy backline will be tested to breaking point on Tuesday.
Atletico Madrid warmed up for this game with a stunning 2-0 home cheer over Barcelona. The beaten side that day are much weaker than they were last year following the departure of Lionel Messi and many expect them to finish midtable in the La Liga. Madrid deserves credit for the way they dealt with the task, getting all three points without ever looking in trouble. Anything near a repeat performance of that effort would surely see them push Liverpool hard on Tuesday evening. The players are fired up, fully rested and ready to go.
Reds ready for action
Liverpool head to Spain aware of the size of the task ahead of them on Tuesday evening. If they are to maintain their perfect start to the Champions League campaign, they must beat the champions of Spanish football on their patch while silencing the home support. That’s no mean feat, but the Reds do head to Madrid with confidence in the camp, and they are the current leaders of the pool with a perfect six points from two games. They haven’t put a foot wrong so far, and fans will want to see their side go three for three, something the away team are more than good enough to achieve.
Liverpool have played two and won two, scoring eight goals and conceding just three. Despite being dropped into a competitive pool that includes AC Milan and FC Porto as well as Tuesday’s opponents, they are one of the highest scorers in the competition at this point, and that attack has plenty more to offer. If Liverpool are to defeat Madrid in Spain, their defence must be strong, but the likes of Salah and Mane know they will have to take any chances that fall their way during the contest.
We last saw Liverpool in action at the weekend when keeping up their Premier League title challenge with a stunning 5-0 away win over Watford in London. Three points was the expected return that day, but the players went above and beyond to showcase their talents, scoring five goals and keeping a clean sheet. They couldn’t have hoped for better preparation for this match, and the visitors will aim to pick up where they left off. Liverpool have scored seven and conceded two in their previous two games this month.
Atletico Madrid v Liverpool prediction
This is a huge match, and although the group won’t be decided in this match, the winner of the game is likely to progress as champions of the pool. Atletico Madrid will be backed by a large home support and will aim to score early, settle nerves and get the fans behind them as soon as possible. The earlier they score, the more chance of Atletico racking up a crucial three points and moving into pole position in the group.
Liverpool will also want to get off the mark early and upset the home support, but Klopp will also ensure his team appreciate how important this game is. If they can remain competitive and stop their hosts from scoring for as long as possible, the majority of those watching from the stands will begin to voice their displeasure. Liverpool’s attack has been impressive of late, but their defence must tighten up if they are serious about winning this game, the pool and the 2021/22 Champions League trophy.
Champions League odds
Atletico Madrid are 3.26 for the win with Liverpool 2.25 at 22bet and the draw 3.3.
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