Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid: prediction for the Champions League fixture
Manchester City are enjoying success across all tournaments. In the Champions League, the Sky-Blues finished on top of their group and crushed Sporting CP (5:0 on aggregate) in the last 16. In the FA Cup, Man City cruised to victory over Swindon Town (4:1), crushed Fulham (4:1), and confidently won against Peterborough United (2:0). In the quarterfinal of the tournament, City beat Southampton (4:1).
The reigning champions of England are leading the Premier League standings with 73 points from 30 games, just one point ahead of Liverpool. Pep Guardiola's men recorded 23 victories and four draws and conceded only 18 goals this season. After a draw against Crystal Palace (0:0), Manchester City celebrated success over Burnley (2:0).
Dias, Palmer, and Walker have been ruled out of this match.
Atletico Madrid secured the second playoffs berth in their last group-stage game against Porto (3:1). Los Colchoneros were held to a 1:1 draw by Manchester United in the first leg of the last-16 match, but got a slender victory over the Red Devils in England (2:1 on aggregate).
Atletico failed to impress in the Spanish Cup - the team was eliminated in the round of 16 by Real Sociedad (0:2). The reigning champions of Spain are struggling to defend their title and sit in 3rd place in La Liga table. Diego Simeone's side has earned 57 points from 17 wins and six draws. In the last two matches, Atletico beat Rayo Vallecano (1:0) and Alaves (4:1).
Carrasco is still suspended, and Herrera will miss out due to an injury.
Man City won 3 of their last 5 home games.
In the last 2 games of the hosts, goals were scored in both halves.
This bet won in the last 3 games of the hosts.
Penalties were given in 3 of the last 4 games of the visitors.
Manchester City are on top form and will be enjoying the support of the stands, which will give them extra boost of confidence. Plus the City team is excellent on the defensive. We are predicting a confident win for Guardiola's side.
Our prediction — Asian handicap (-1,5) to Manchester City
Atletico concede a lot in the current season, which is uncharacteristic of Simeone's team. The hosts, on the other hand, have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four games, and have won the last two matches by at least two-goal margin.
Second bet — Manchester City to win by 2 goals