The quarter-finals of the Champions League has arrived, and we have many of the familiar old names still alive and well in the competition. Among the elite of European football sits one team that most would consider to be a surprise. While have become used to seeing the current English champion still in the hunt at this stage of the competition, the fact that Leicester City have struggled so badly this season, suggested that they would be lucky to escape the group stages. The Foxes have thrived in Europe, though, and are thoroughly deserving of their spot in the final eight. This, though, may be their sternest test, as they are going against an Atletico Madrid team that has some recent Champions League pedigree to draw upon. For Leicester, the first leg of this match-up is crucial, as they will not want to dig themselves a hole that is impossible to get out of. Madrid will be looking to hammer home their advantage as quickly as possible, so we can expect a little bit of a cat and mouse game in this one, I believe. Find the latest soccer betting odds here.
A Closer Look At The Atletico Madrid Vs Leicester UEFA Winning Predictions
When: Wednesday, April 12 at 2:45 PM EST Where: Estadio Vicente Calderon, Madrid TV: FS2 Live Stream: FOX Sports GO UEFA Odds: Atletico Madrid -1½ (-118)
Why bet on Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid are quite simply not a team that loses at home in the Champions League. They have won 16 of their last 21 home games in this competition, losing only 2 during that stretch. Madrid are not a team that is built to overpower teams with an offensive outburst. They tend to win a lot of low-scoring type games, and have in fact managed only 56 goals in 31 games in La Liga this season. Despite that comparatively low output, they are still in 3rd behind just Real Madrid and Barcelona. It was an away goal that got them through the Round of 16 versus Bayer Leverkusen, as the second leg in Madrid finished 0-0. Can we expect more of the same here?
Why bet on Leicester
The Champions League has been a welcome break from the problems that Leicester have faced in the Premier League this season, but this team is now beginning to round into form on all fronts. Leicester lost their first league game since Craig Shakespeare took over as caretaker manager, going down 4-2 to Everton on the weekend. While it was a disappointing loss, the team sheet was one that was a little different than usual, a sure sign that the manager was saving his key players for this game. Leicester scored a vital away goal in the last round versus Sevilla, and they will be looking to try and steal one here, hoping for a similar outcome.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Leicester are at their very best when they soak up pressure and hit teams on the break. Diego Simeone will be well aware of this, which is why I expect him to play a cagey attacking style on Wednesday. This should result in a low-scoring game.