Getting to the final four in the Champions League is always a massive achievement, but it means even more if the team in question is having an otherwise mediocre season. That is where Leicester City find themselves at the moment, as they have been dragged back to reality after their fairytale season last year when they won the English Premier League. They have been poor domestically, and came under fire when they sacked manager Claudio Ranieri. The Foxes have found new life under caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare, though, and have a legitimate shot at making it into the semi-finals of the Champions League after falling 1-0 to Atletico Madrid in the opening leg in Spain. City were unfortunate not to come away with the draw, as the lone goal of that game came on a very harsh penalty call. It will be all to play for in the second leg on Tuesday night, with Madrid knowing that an away goal could essentially put this game away. Find the latest soccer betting odds here.
A Closer Look At The Leicester City Vs Atletico Madrid UEFA Winning Favorites
When: Tuesday, April 18 at 2:45 PM EST Where: King Power Stadium, Leicester TV: FS2 Live Stream:FOX Sports GO UEFA Odds: Atletico Madrid -½ (+107)
Madrid returned to goal scoring form over the weekend with a comfortable 3-0 win over Osasuna in La Liga action. They remain in third place in the league, and will now be pinning their hopes on silverware on the Champions League. This is a team that knows how to get to the big game, as they have appeared in the final twice in the last three years, unfortunately losing both times. It’s going to be interesting to see how they approach this tie; will they go out and try to get the killer goal, or will they try to soak up the Leicester pressure and try to hot them on the break. Madrid are a solid defensive unit, and have only conceded 1 goal in their last 5 games.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Leicester are probably going to come out and start this game at a torrid pace, which Madrid will try to soak up. If Atletico can get through the first 20 minutes unscathed, I think they will take control and go on to win.