The match is over.
Atletico know victory in Germany could sent them through to the knockout stages and look set to take no prisoners in their quest to banish the Champions League bridesmaid tag that has dogged them for years.
We are used to seeing Diego Simone’s Atletico Madrid as a tough, hard to break down side who give away few opportunities. This season is no different as prior to the clubs La Liga match against Sevilla, Atleti had kept seven clean sheets in their last nine games in all competitions. That is a remarkable record and one that makes this bet stand out for value with popular sportsbooks like a sore thumb. Leverkusen are pointless this campaign and only ever beaten the Red and Whites once in seven previous meetings meaning this is where the smart money is going.
ATLETICO MADRID TO WIN TO NIL
Bayer Leverkusen have only managed to find the back of the net once in their last four Champions League games. Two of those matches have been against Atletico Madrid and twice Leverkusen did not score. As if that wasn’t enough to convince you to take this bet, then you may be surprised to learn that none of Atleti’s last nine games have seen more than two goals scored. Under 2.25 goals in this game is close to a sure thing and a pretty decent price too.
UNDER 2.25 GOALS
Under 2.25 goals and Atleti to win to nil means it is more than likely that in this game there will be a half with no goals and the stats suggest that is going to be the first half. Atletico have only scored one first half goal in their last three games compared to three in the second period. Simone’s men are also yet to score a Champions League first half goal this term with all five of their strikes coming after the break.
DRAW AT HALF TIME
Head to Head
Atleti ran out 1-0 winners when the pair met at the Wanda in game week three. That continues something of a theme for the Spaniards having the superior record when having played Bayer Leverkusen. This meeting will be the eighth meeting between the two in which the La Liga outfit have won three and drawn three of the previous seven with Leverkusen boasting one win over their rivals.
Atletico Madrid to win
It is difficult to make a case for any result other than an Atletico win. Leverkusen are without a Champions League win in their last five games and with no points and just one goal scored in their opening three group games this season have decided to not turn up despite a recent upturn in their Bundesliga fortunes over the last 18 months. Atletico are unbeaten in this Champions League campaign and come into this game a good price with online betting sites and have more than enough to all but book their place in the knockout stages.
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