Manchester United vs Atlético Madrid: prediction for the Champions League match
The Red Devils will host the reigning champions of Spain at Old Trafford in the second leg of their last-16 tie in the Champions League. Right now, the two sides are tied at 1:1. Which team will win in Manchester and advance to the next round? Here's our prediction.
Manchester United qualified for the playoffs from the first place in their Champions League group. In the first leg of their last-16 tie, the Red Devils wasted their opportunities and were held to a draw by Atletico (1:1).
Today's hosts didn't have any success in the domestic cups. Recently, they were knocked out of the FA Cup by the representatives of the second tier of English football, Middlesbrough (1:2 P). In the Premier League, Ralf Rangnick's side sits in 5th position in the log with 50 points from 29 games.
After a crushing defeat at the hands of their cross-town rivals Manchester City (1:4), the Red Devils recorded a high-scoring victory over Tottenham (3:2). The attacking line of Man United looks decent - the team has scored 48 goals in this Premier League season.
Greenwood has been suspended indefinitely. McTominay, Shaw, and Fernandes have returned to training but remain doubtful.
Atletico Madrid secured the second playoffs berth in their last group-stage game against Porto (3:1). Los Colchoneros looked dominant in the first-leg game against the Red Devils, but failed to capitalize on their home advantage.
The reigning champions of Spain are struggling to defend their title in the 2021-2022 edition of La Liga. Diego Simeone's side has earned 51 points from 15 wins and six draws. After 28 rounds of the competition, the team sits in 4th place in the table. They are in good form, however, and celebrated success in the last three games against Celta (2:0), Real Betis (3:1), and Cadiz (2:1).
Carrasco is suspended for both legs against Manchester United. Cunha, Wass, Lemar, Gimenez, Vrsaljko are all out injured.
This bet played in 2 of the last 4 games of Atlético.
In 3 of the last 5 head-to-head games, goals were scored in both halves.
The last game between the teams ended with this score.
Penalties were given in 2 of the last 6 games of the visitors.
This season, neither Atletico Madrid nor Manchester United can win their domestic leagues, so both will strive to go all the way in the Champions League. We are expecting another game much like the one we saw two weeks ago. A single mistake can determine the match's outcome.
Our prediction — total under 2,5 goals
With the support of the stands, the Red Devils should have a slight advantage here. It may, however, come down to extra time or a penalty shootout.
Second wager — a draw