Odds: Atletico 7/100, Draw 9/1, Qarabag 25/1
Kick Off: 1945, 31/10/2017
Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano
TV: BT Sport
Atletico Madrid ruined any number of Champions League accas when failing to beat Qarabag in Azerbaijan and they simply can’t afford another slip-up in Tuesday’s return fixture.
Ibrahim Sehic made a couple of decent saves in Baku but that goalless draw was mainly down to lacklustre finishing from the 2014 and 2016 finalists.
Diego Simeone will surely urge his side to go for the jugular this time, so we like 11/4 for a 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0 home win in our Atletico Madrid vs Qarabag betting predictions.
A Look At Atletico Madrid’s Betting Odds
It must be admitted that Atletico have been struggling up front for much of the season and Simeone will be desperate to get Diego Costa on board in January.
However, the Spanish outfit did create numerous chances when also drawing 0-0 at Roma before going down 2-1 to Chelsea at their new Wanda Metropolitano home.
Simeone felt Atletico’s build-up play was good enough in the first encounter with Qarabag, commenting: “We didn’t keep a cool head when we had our chances.
“But I believe in these players and we’re capable of changing the group situation around.
“We had three one-on-ones and couldn’t take them. I’m feeling good and the side too. We just need to improve our finishing.”
Getting Kevin Gameiro back up to speed after a groin injury is a huge boost, as he brings out the best in Antoine Griezmann, while Saul Niguez recently broke his duck for the season in a 1-1 draw with Barcelona.
An early goal would do wonders for Los Rojiblancos, who are 37/20 to outscore their opponents in the first 15 minutes in the Atletico Madrid vs Qarabag odds.
A Look At Qarabag’s Betting Odds
Qarabag conceded after just five minutes when hammered 6-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in their group-stage opener.
They also looked incredibly jittery during the opening exchanges of their next game against Roma, going 2-0 down inside a quarter of an hour before restoring some stability in a 2-1 defeat.
It could be that battling back against the Italian outfit has bolstered their pride and set the stage for more resolute displays, a view backed up by the goalless draw with Atletico in Baku.
However, whether such inexperienced players can hold their nerve away from home in Europe is open to question – and we fear the early demons will return here.
Let’s round off our Atletico Madrid vs Qarabag betting tips with a speculative punt on the hosts to net at least three times in the first half at 23/4.
Last Champions League result:
QARABAG 0-0 ATLETICO MADRID
Previous head-to-head: N/A
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