- When: Tuesday, March 15, 2022
- Where: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
An interesting clash awaits us on Tuesday night, with Manchester United hosting Atletico Madrid. This is the rematch of the UCL round of 16, with the first leg ending 1-1. Both teams have the same ambition, which is to win, and even the bookmakers don’t see a clear favorite in this matchup. United has the home-field advantage, but given the fact that they aren’t confident at Trafford this year, this edge doesn’t have to mean anything.
Manchester United vs Atletico Madrid Preview
The Red Devils beat Tottenham, 3-2, this Saturday, and that was thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo, who delivered a hat-trick, singlehandedly taking down the Spurs. If it weren’t for the unreal Portuguese, we are more than sure that the Spurs would get away with all three points from Trafford.
United’s defense is bad, and they almost always allow at least one goal. For example, we saw them conceding in four of the past five games played. On the other side, the offense usually delivers, but they can’t cover up the mess created by their teammates from the backline on certain occasions.
We stated that the home field doesn’t have to be an advantage for the hosts, and here is why – United has only two wins in the past five matches at Old Trafford.
Joao Felix has been playing like possessed in the past few weeks, and besides scoring five goals in five games, the youngster is creating chaos in the attack. That’s why Atletico posted four wins in their most recent five games, significantly improving its form.
The team from Madrid scored two or more goals in four of the past five games and was looking very sharp upfront. Felix’s fantastic performances were the main reason for that, but all the other players also had their share.
Atletico’s games on the road are very efficient, and only two in the last 10 haven’t been with over 2.5 goals. Also, we have to say that Simeone’s unit scored twice or more in five of the previous six trips outside Wanda Metropolitan.
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Manchester United vs Atletico Madrid Possible Lineups
Man United: De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Telles; Matic, Fred; Sancho, Pogba, Rashford; Ronaldo.
Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Llorente, Felipe, Gimenez, Reinildo, Carrasco; Serrano, Herrera, De Paul; Griezmann, Felix
Manchester United vs Atletico Madrid Head to Head
Felix scored the opening goal in the first leg, after only seven minutes. Elanga managed to level the result in the 80th minute, after Bruno Fernandes’ perfect assist. It was a solid game where both sides had a few chances to add eat least one more goal to their tally.
Manchester United vs Atletico Madrid Prediction
What we expect here is to see goals on both ends of the pitch. The respective defenses on both ends are very fragile, and overall, the offenses are better parts of these two sides. Plus, we have Ronaldo on one and Felix on the other side in fantastic shape. Therefore, both teams to score is our final solution for this event.
Our verdict: Both teams to score