- Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
- When: Tuesday, April 5, 9 pm CET
The quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League are about to start, with the eight best teams in the competition battling for the most prominent trophy in club football. Tuesday night brings us the clash between Manchester City and Atletico Madrid. The two national champions of England and Spain will square off in Manchester, with the home side being a massive favorite in this event. Though, it doesn’t have to mean anything because we often saw the Madridian’s having a positive experience against the team from the island.
Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid Preview
Man City has only one loss in the past 10 games, with two draws and seven wins. Throughout this stretch, Guardiola’s boys had seven clean sheets, and opposite to what may believe, the Citizens’ biggest power is the defense, not the attacks. Guardiola perfected this area over the past three years.
What is a bit odd is that they haven’t been that confident at home lately, triumphing in just one of the recent three matches. After losing to Tottenham in the EPL, 2-3, they beat United, 4-1, before playing 0-0 vs Sporting in the UCL.
Six of the latest 10 events at Etihad were with three or more goals, and in five games during the same stretch, City kept its net intact.
The Spanish champions improved their form at the best possible moment. They won six straight games, posting eight wins, one draw, and one loss in the last 10 contests. Young JoaoFelix is really making a difference upfront lately, proving that he is one of the biggest talents in the world.
Atleti has four consecutive victories on the road, with only one allowed goal. Early on and throughout most of the season, the Madridian’s struggled to provide consistency in the backline, which was their biggest issue.
Right now, it appears that Simeone managed to improve this aspect and that the players got back their confidence.
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Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid Possible Lineups
Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo; Sterling, Foden, Mahrez
Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Savic, Gimenez, Reinildo; Llorente, Herrera, Kondogbia, De Paul, Carrasco; Suarez, Felix
Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid Head to Head
It is very interesting that these two sides never met in the past. We couldn’t find a single head-to-head game, official or non-official.
Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid Prediction
The Citizens are in great shape and have home-court advantage, but knowing Guardiola, he won’t rush anything against Simeone, who is masterful when it comes to striking from a counter-attack. Low efficiency is our pick here, that is under 2.5 goals because both sides will use a bit more conservative approach. The stakes are high, and also, the respective defenses have been very good lately.
Our verdict: Under 2.5 goals