Atletico Madrid will have the comfort of playing at home and an extra day’s rest when they welcome Manchester City to the Wanda Metropolitano in the return leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter final tie. The two sides will both look to bounce back from a winless weekend. Atletico Madrid are coming from a 1-0 loss to Mallorca, which in the context of the two sides’ strengths was an upset for Atletico, who have now suffered two straight losses. Atletico have grappled so much with inconsistency this season, and going into this game they haven’t scored a lot. Four of their last five matches have ended in under 2.5 goals, Atletico scoring more than a goal in just one. They have actually failed to score in the last two games and this is a big concern going into a game they must win to advance. While Atletico prides themselves in a strong defensive organization, they have no clean sheet in the last three matches.
Manchester City are coming from a 2-2 draw with Liverpool in a high-octane clash in the Premier League and will need to recover very fast for their trip to Spain. They will get into this game with a 1-0 lead from the first leg but a day less to prepare for it. Unlike Atletico, who are coming from a loss, City are unbeaten in their last nine matches. They head into this one with six wins in those nine matches and in three of their last five matches they have scored two or more goals. Kevin De Bruyne has been the key man for Manchester City, scoring in each of their last four matches. He scored the winner as Atletico fell at the Etihad Stadium and was on the mark again on Sunday as City drew 2-2 with Liverpool in the Premier League. In their four away matches in the Champions League this season, City have two wins and two losses, a run better than Atletico at home in the same competition.
Key points Atletico Madrid – Manchester City
Manchester City have no loss in their last nine matches.
Manchester City have scored two or more goals in three of their last five matches.
Atletico Madrid have scored more than a goal in just one of the last five matches.
Atletico Madrid have no clean sheet in the last three matches.
Four of Atletico Madrid’s last five matches have produced under 2.5 goals.
ConclusionATLETICO MADRID – MANCHESTER CITY
Atletico Madrid are on a poor run, coming from two straight defeats and scoring goals has also been an issue. They need to win this by at least two clear goals but it is hard to see where these will come from. Manchester City will be under no pressure, needing just a draw to advance, but they can be devastating in attack if invited to. We expect a tactical game here, like it was in the first leg and under 2.5 goals is a possibility.