Atletico Madrid are in pole position to book a Champions League quarter final spot for only the second time in their history having beaten AC Milan 1-0 in the San Siro.
Masters of the miserly, Los Colchoneros’ acclaimed rearguard takes some perforating at the Vicente Calderon and there’ll be few opposing their 2/25 to advance to the next stage tonight.
However, with the whispers of the naysayers spurring them on, it’s worth siding with friendless AC in the double-chance stakes at a sizeable 33/20.
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Here are the reasons supporting why they’re going to do it:
AC have lost one European tie home and away in the last 19 seasons.
This incredible stat includes, that’s right, includes group stage games, with Manchester United the only outfit capable of getting the better of the calcio kings in successive continental clashes.
To further impress just how rock solid this stat is, a total of 14 tussles with Barcelona are encompassed in this time frame, as well as six apiece against Real Madrid and Bayern Munchen.
Diego Simeone’s side haven’t been as formidable at home in recent weeks.
Since the turn of the year, Atleti saw a nine-game winning stint on the homestead dissolve into just two wins in their last five La Liga outings on their own patch.
They’ve failed to win five of their last eight since being gunned down by rivals Real in the Copa del Rey semi-final first-leg; not exactly fearsome form.
Improving Milan have bagged a goal on each of their Champions League away days this term.
PSV, Ajax, Celtic and Barcelona were unable to keep clean sheets when Clarence Seedorf’s side were in town.
A solitary strike would’ve been enough to get a positive result for the visitors in half of Atleti’s last eight at home, so ruling AC out so soon may be unwise.