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Atletico Madrid vs Man Utd: Home defence worth taking on

Kick-off: 2000, 23/02/2022

Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano

TV: BT Sport

Atletico Madrid were no match for Liverpool during the group stage of the Champions League but will hope to do better when they meet Manchester United in the round of 16.

The Reds did the double over Diego Simeone’s men, who progressed despite only picking up seven points from their six matches.

Atletico have not looked as defensively solid this season compared to their usual high standards and both teams to score at 1.80 is our opening Atletico Madrid vs Man Utd prediction.

Atletico Madrid Odds

Atletico have been famously hard to break down under Simeone but that has not been the case this season and defensive lapses have left them trailing well behind city rivals Real in La Liga.

They also struggled to deal with Liverpool’s firepower in the Champions League, losing 3-2 here in October and 2-0 in the reverse fixture at Anfield in November.

On both occasions they were not helped by having a man sent off but there is still a sense that Atletico are more vulnerable at the back than usual.

They were one of just two teams to qualify for the last 16 with a negative goal difference, having clinched second spot in Group B with a 3-1 win at Porto in the final round of matches.

The likes of Real Sociedad, Villareal and Mallorca have all scored two goals at this venue this season while Atletico also conceded two goals in defeats at Real Madrid and Sevilla.

Looking at the Atletico Madrid vs Man Utd odds, 4.10 for United to score exactly two goals catches the eye.

Manchester United Odds

United may have had their problems in the Premier League this season but it has been so far so good in the Champions League despite having three different managers in charge.

They got off to a dismal when Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card ultimately proved costly in a 2-1 defeat at Young Boys but late winners from Cristiano Ronaldo against Villarreal and Atalanta got them back on track.

Ronaldo’s stoppage-time equaliser at Atalanta rescued a valuable point but poor domestic form resulted in the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Michael Carrick was in charge for the 2-0 win at Villarreal which secured top spot in the group.

Ralf Rangnick had then been appointed as manager by the time the group ended with a 1-1 draw against Young Boys when most of United’s star players were rested.

Rangnick will be under more pressure this time but United’s squad still looks well suited to hitting Atletico on the break and most of their best European performances in recent years have been on their travels.

For the last of our Atletico Madrid vs Man Utd betting tips, we like 3.70 for United to avoid defeat and over 2.5 goals.

Additional stats

Season Analytics

Atl. Madrid
Positions
Man Utd

Last matches

07-12-2021 W
24-11-2021 L
03-11-2021 L
19-10-2021 L
28-09-2021 W

Last matches

D 08-12-2021
W 23-11-2021
D 02-11-2021
W 20-10-2021
W 29-09-2021

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