Wednesday 12 Apr

Atl. Madrid vs Leicester Match Preview

10 Apr 2017 Stuart S. INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League
INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League

Atletico Madrid

  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D

vs

Kick-off
18:45 GMT
12 April 2017

Leicester City

  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L

Kick-off
18:45 GMT 12 April 2017

It’s a battle between two of Europe’s best counter-attacking teams in this UEFA Champions League quarter-final first-leg as the visitors look to carry on with their fairy-tale story and reach the semi-final in their first ever Champions League campaign. However, a tough European side stand in their way and there aren’t many better teams than Atletico when they play at the Vicente Calderon and the underdog visitors will struggle to break them down.

STATS

  • Atletico have only lost once in this season’s Champions League and that one loss came at the Allianz Arena to the German champions, Bayern Munich. They cruised past Bayer Leverkusen in their last fixture as they held out to a 0-0 draw after a comfortable 4-2 win in the first leg.
  • Leicester City have only lost 2 games in the competition themselves with a 5-0 battering from Porto and a 2-1 loss away in Seville. They overcame that 2-1 deficit in the second leg as they beat the Europa League holders 2-0 with goals from Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton.
  • There’s no surprise to hear that Antoine Griezmann has been Atletico’s top scorer in the Champions League this season with 4 goals, a decent return for a player in a team that don’t score too many goals.
  • Riyad Mahrez’ group stage wizardry means he is Leicester’s top goal scorer also with 4 goals. The Algerian was brilliant in the groups and was one of the main reasons as to why the Foxes could continue their unbelievable story in the knockout stages.

HEAD TO HEAD

When the two sides met in the UEFA Cup in 1997, Atletico won both legs: winning 2-1 at the Vicente Calderon and 2-0 at Filbert Street. However, when the Foxes last came up against Spanish opposition just 2 months ago, they managed a 3-2 aggregate win over Sevilla.

ATLETICO MADRID NEWS

Atletico will definitely be confident of taking a healthy lead into the second-leg at King Power Stadium but they will need to be strong defensively as Leicester are known for striking on the break at the most unexpected times. They have been incredibly strong at the back with Jan Oblak in goal and they will hope to continue this against the Foxes. The only notable absence for the hosts is Kevin Gameiro who has been in decent form this season in front of goal.

Latest matches: Atletico Madrid

08.04.2017 LaLi Real Madrid Atletico Madrid 1:1 D
04.04.2017 LaLi Atletico Madrid Real Sociedad 1:0 W
01.04.2017 LaLi Malaga CF Atletico Madrid 0:2 W
19.03.2017 LaLi Atletico Madrid Sevilla FC 3:1 W
15.03.2017 UEFA Atletico Madrid Bayer Leverkusen 0:0 D

LEICESTER CITY NEWS

Leicester will need to make sure they are still in the tie after the first leg just like what they did in Seville as they managed to sneak an away goal in the 2-1 loss. They’ll need to be really solid at the back and without captain Wes Morgan, they might struggle to stay as resolute as they usually do. Nampalys Mendy also misses the game but he’s yet to have made his mark on the side.

Latest matches: Leicester City

09.04.2017 Prem Everton FC Leicester City 4:2 L
04.04.2017 Prem Leicester City Sunderland AFC 2:0 W
01.04.2017 Prem Leicester City Stoke City 2:0 W
18.03.2017 Prem West Ham United Leicester City 2:3 W
14.03.2017 UEFA Leicester City Sevilla FC 2:0 W

SUMMING UP!

Atletico are definitely the favourites heading into the match on their own soil but Leicester love to play the role of the underdogs and will thrive in the Vicente Calderon with a decent away following expected from the Foxes fans. They won’t lie down easily but Atletico might have too much class for the Premier League champions. The main aim for the visitors is to make sure the tie is still winnable in the second leg but Diego Simeone will want his team to end the Foxes’ hopes. It shouldn’t be a high-scoring game with two counter-attacking teams who play better with a lower percentage of possession.

About the author - Stuart S.

An English freelance sports writer, Stuart has written the Arsenal blog A Cultured Left Foot since 2006, as well as numerous betting previews and articles.

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