RB Leipzig v Atletico Madrid Betting Tips: Is this Atletico’s year?
Odds and preview for Champions League quarter-final
After Paris Saint-Germain sealed their place in the Champions League semi-finals last night, we’ll find out who’ll face them when RB Leipzig take on Atletico Madrid tonight.
RB Leipzig dispatched Tottenham Hotspur comfortably in the last 16, but will they pose the same threat without the departed Timo Werner?
They’re up against arguably the most defensively solid side left in the Champions League. And after losing two finals under Diego Simeone, Atletico will feel this could be their year to go all the way.
However, as we saw with PSG’s late comeback, anything can happen over one leg.
Our traders give Atletico Madrid the edge as 5/4 favourites to win in 90 minutes, or 8/13 to qualify.
We go 5/2 that RB Leipzig win in normal time or 13/20 that they qualify. It’s 2/1 that it finishes level and extra-time is needed.
With no Werner to run in behind, an Atletico win to nil is 23/10.
Alvaro Morata is 7/2 to net first or 17/10 anytime for the Spanish outfit. Diego Costa is 21/10 anytime, while Anfield hero Marcos Llorente is 9/2 to score.
Midfield runners could be key for Leipzig. Marcel Sabitzer and Yussuf Poulsen are both 10/3 to score if they get on the pitch.
Atletico may feel nervous about returning to Lisbon, the city where they lost the 2014 Champions League final to Real Madrid. Could they slay those demons by lifting the trophy in the Portuguese capital this month?
RB Leipzig now stand between them and a place in the semi-finals. The Bundesliga side are full of promise, but they may be the ideal opponents for this Atletico team.
Diego Simeone’s men are a wily, well-drilled unit, and for all of Leipzig’s recent progress, they’re inexperienced at this level. With no Timo Werner to worry about, the Madrid club will be confident of keeping them at arm’s length and causing problems of their own on the break or at set pieces.
Leipzig also come into this having won just one of their previous four outings and there are doubts over the fitness of Marcel Sabitzer, Yussuf Poulsen and Marcel Halstenberg.
The one-off format of this Finals tournament could play into Los Rojiblancos’ hands too. As good as they are defensively, the very best teams would back themselves to find a way through over two legs. Over just one leg, the balance could be tilted in Atleti’s favour.
Juventus’ exit will also fill them with belief. Since 2013, they’ve only lost Champions League knockout ties against sides featuring Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid and Juventus. Had they faced the Portuguese superstar again, they may well have struggled with a mental block. That’s not an issue now.
It’s not all been smooth sailing though. Angel Correa and Sime Vrsaljko both tested positive for coronavirus this week. They’ll be backing their teammates to deliver in their absence.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication