Kick Off: 2005, 12/04/2018
Stadium: Jose Alvalade
TV: BT Sport
Atletico Madrid are in control of their Europa League tie with Sporting Lisbon after a 2-0 triumph in Spain and can do enough to progress in the second leg.
The 2010 and 2012 winners are past masters at grinding out results away from home and have the quality to hold firm in Portugal.
We’re kicking off our Sporting Lisbon vs Atletico Madrid betting predictions by taking 23/10 for a draw at the Jose Alvalade stadium.
A Look At Sporting Lisbon’s Betting Odds
Sporting did their best to recover from some sloppy defensive errors at Wanda Metropolitano but fell short of securing a vital away goal.
Bas Dost headed wide after good work down the right by Cristiano Piccini, before Gelson Martins was denied by Jan Oblak on a one-on-one when played through by Bruno Fernandes.
Fredy Montero missed a golden opportunity to take an away goal back to Portugal when he blazed a rebound over the bar from close range in stoppage time.
Sporting showed enough to suggest they can score in Lisbon, but may struggle to overturn the deficit without suspended pair Fabio Coentrao and Dost.
Looking at the Sporting Lisbon vs Atletico Madrid odds, we like 21/4 for a 1-1 stalemate in the second leg.
A Look At Atletico Madrid’s Betting Odds
Atletico took just 23 seconds to go ahead in the opening encounter, with Diego Costa capitalising on a mix-up between Sebastian Coates and Jeremy Mathieu to set up Koke.
The lead was doubled on 40 minutes when Mathieu miscontrolled a harmless ball forward and Antoine Griezmann raced cleared to finish into the bottom corner.
Costa should have added a third in the second half after being left clean through by another error from Coates, but Diego Simeone will have been content with the scoreline.
Atletico look a class apart from this level and are worthy favourites to go all the way, so we expect them to put in a disciplined display here.
Let’s add 18/5 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time to our Sporting Lisbon vs Atletico Madrid betting tips.
ATLETICO MADRID 2-0 SPORTING LISBON – Koke, Antoine Griezmann
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