Leicester City Vs Atletico Madrid UEFA Winning Favorites
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
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
UEFA Odds: Atletico Madrid -½ (+107)
Why bet on Leicester City
The resurgence under coach Craig Shakespeare has ground to a bit of a halt, as Leicester are now winless in 3 after going on a run of 6 straight wins. Still, this is a team that appears to have recovered some of their heart from last season, and while they are not getting the results right now, they are still putting the ball in the back of the net on a consistent basis, with Jamie Vardy once again amongst the goals after a bit of a dry spell. The concern for Leicester right now must be how shaky they have looked defensively, giving up 6 goals in their last two Premier League games. If they are to move on, they need to prevent Atletico from getting that all-important away goal.
Why bet on the Atletico Madrid
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.
Leicester City 1 Atletico Madrid 2