Manchester United vs Atletico Madrid: Match Preview and Betting Tips
Iconic English club Manchester United will be facing the Spanish powerhouse Atletico Madrid for a mouth-watering contest at Old Trafford this week. The Red Devils will be aiming to confirm their spot in the Champion Leagues quarterfinals following a draw in the first leg.
Manchester United vs Atletico Madrid Preview & Head-to-Head
The two teams have faced each other three times, with Madrid winning one match and two games ending in a draw. Their last clash took place three weeks ago in the first leg of this season’s Champions League tournament. With the contest now resting at 1-1, the second leg of this crucial matchup will determine which club goes ahead in the competition and which one ends their dream of lifting European football’s biggest trophy.
Home advantage will matter as Manchester United fans will be hoping for a much-improved performance from their team, which could not dominate the first leg. It was only in the 80th minute of a game that had until then been dominated by Atletico that Elanga provided hope for the English team. In the end, the first leg opened up an interesting possibility for both teams.
Looking back over recent Manchester United fixtures, the team have topped Group F with 11 points from six matches, having beaten some top clubs. Although they’ve won seven of their previous quarter-final stage matches, the upcoming contest will be the first second-leg meeting between United and Atletico Madrid players since their second-round match in 1991 in the UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup which ended in a 1-1 draw.
The last few Atletico Madrid fixtures have seen the team give strong performances. They’ll enter the contest on the back of a 2-1 victory over Cadiz in La Liga. The Spanish giants have won their last four league games as well and will be looking to continue their rich vein of form.
Manchester United vs Atletico Madrid Team News
In Manchester United news, a point of encouragement for home fans will be the return from the injury of their talismanic superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese star and home team favourite scored a hat-trick against Spurs, which bodes well for United’s chances against Madrid.
As for Atletico Madrid news, the team isn’t short of injury troubles. Sime Vrsaljko, Jose Maria Gimenez and Thomas Lemar will all be out due to injuries while Yannick Carrasco will miss the match because of his suspension.
Manchester United vs Atletico Madrid Betting Tips
Manchester United legends have come off the disappointment of their 4-1 drubbing against local rivals Manchester City with a hard-fought 3-2 win against Tottenham Hotspur on Monday. A win will go a long way in boosting up the morale of the team as well as improving their hopes for a top-four finish. Our experts predict:
- Manchester United to qualify for the next round with a home win
- Over 2.5 goals as Man United score an average of 2 goals at home ground while their opponents have a 1.67 average when playing away.