At the Etihad, the home side dominated proceedings, with most football being played in the Atletico’s half as Diego Simeone almost perfected the low block and frustrated Pep’s side. It was through the inclusion of wunderkind Phil Foden that the Spanish defence came undone within a few seconds. The young Englishman threaded a through ball to Kevin De Bruyne, who calmly found the bottom left corner to win the game and put his side ahead in the tie.
Will Simeone change the system and try and push City, or will he persist with the low block and counter-attacking football? At LV BET, we offer all the best betting options to enjoy football.
ATLETICO MADRID VS MANCHESTER CITY: BETTING TIPS
After losing 1-0 to Manchester City in mid-week, the reigning Spanish champions travelled to Mallorca only to subject their fans to a similar 1-0 scoreline against a side fighting off relegation. Simeone’s side did not fashion many clear cut chances, with most shots being from out of the box or other tame efforts that did not cause any trouble for the Mallorca keeper.
The result at the weekend will surely not be the ideal way to prepare for yet another big test against one of the best teams in the world, but Simeone will surely urge his side to give their all. In what is sure to be a battle decided on midfield dominance, it is expected that Marcos Llorente playing will play a major role in the Spanish midfield, come this Wednesday.
Atletico Madrid are priced at 17/10 (2.70), to score first in the game.
Joao Felix is priced at 20/7 (3.85) to find the net anytime during the match.
Both teams to score is valued at 7/8 (1.88).
Manchester City played out an entertaining game against rivals Liverpool as Pep’s side twice took the lead only to see their advantage snatched away a couple of minutes after. The Sky Blues dominated most of the ball, creating more chances and hitting the post on one occasion but not finding the net for the third time in the game.
The phenomenon about the City team is the number of players that they put in their opponent’s box without having a recognised out-and-out striker in the team. Through this fluidity, teams that defend with a low block find it difficult to hold off as the attacking threat is coming from all angles rather than through a striker. Kevin De Bruyne is the top scorer for Manchester City this season with 11 goals playing in the midfield, and as seen in the first leg, he is a fox in the box, showcasing great finishing.
The only kink in City’s shining armour is the defence; as visible in recent performances, they are not as resilient as before, with Ruben Dias still out injured.
City to win and over 2.5 goals in the match at 7/4 (2.75).
Kevin De Bruyne to score anytime during the match at 43/20 (3.15).
Manchester City to win to nil 9/5 (2.80).
ATLETICO MADRID VS MANCHESTER CITY: BETTING ODDS
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