Atletico Madrid vs Manchester City
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 13 April 2022
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid).
Manchester City hold a narrow 1-0 lead when they travel to Atletico Madrid for the second leg of the 2021/22 Champions League on Wednesday.
The 70th minute strike from De Bruyne gave the Citizens something to take from the home leg, but it is Simeone the happiest man after Pep Guardiola’s team was restricted from running away with the tie before the return leg.
However, the Colchoneros must do much better than they did in the competition so far and they are yet to win a home match and already lost 2 of the four games played here so far.
Manchester City with all their riches, have problems of their own while playing away in European nights and suffered defeats against PSG and Leipzig in the group phase.
Just like Simeone, our analysts also believe that this tie is wide open with the away goal rule out of question. But it all remains how long the La Liga giants can hold on without conceding before they unleash the attack in the final quarter of the match.
Atletico Madrid vs Manchester City Head-to-head
The first leg of this corresponding tie at the Etihad is the only competitive meeting between the two teams so far.
Atletico Madrid remain with 1 win from 5 matches against English Premier League clubs this season having lost twice to Liverpool in the group stage. In the round of 16, they drew City’s arch rivals Manchester United at the Metropolitano before killing off the tie with a narrow 1-0 margin at the Old Trafford.
The La Liga giants have an good overall home record against English Premier League clubs having won 8 of the 17 so far, while posting 6 draws and 3 losses.
At the same time, Manchester City have some work to do to improve their record in the Spanish soil after registering 3 wins from 11 visits so far, drew 1 and lost 7.
Atletico Madrid vs Manchester City Prediction
As we mentioned in the intro, this tie is wide open and one must expect some unorthodox tactics from Diego Simeone. His aim will be to take the tie as deep as possible to give his team a chance to get into the attacking front.
Therefore, we expect a quiet first half before things take a different turn in the final quarter.
From a betting point of view, we will back the first half draw as the top pick and take the second half as the highest scoring half as an alternative