Qarabag vs Atletico Madrid: Spanish giants may settle for cagey win
Odds: Qarabag 27/2, Draw 23/4, Atletico 17/100
Kick Off: 1700, 18/10/2017
Stadium: Baku Olympic Stadium
TV: BT Sport
Atletico Madrid travel to Azerbaijan under a bit of pressure in their Champions League group and that could lead to a cagey contest against Qarabag.
This trip to Baku also follows a tough domestic dust-up with Barcelona, so Diego Simeone may settle for grinding out a routine win, rather than looking to boost his team’s goal difference.
We like 17/20 for an away victory and under 3.5 goals in the game for our Qarabag vs Atletico Madrid betting predictions.
A Look At Qarabag’s Betting Odds
After battling through three qualifying rounds, Qarabag looked out of their depth at this level when crushed 6-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
However, the signs were much more encouraging as they went down 2-1 at home to Roma, with Pedro Henrique pulling back a well-taken goal after the Italians had surged ahead.
Once getting through a tough 15 minutes, there was no more fear or panic from the hosts, who will hope to build on that display.
“Thank God we kept our heads after their two goals and were able to get back in it,” said skipper Rashad Sadygov. “And in the second half, we even had a few chances to equalise.”
Much more improvement is needed to compete in this strong group, but we don’t see this being a rout and 17/4 for a 2-0 away win appeals from the Qarabag vs Atletico Madrid odds.
A Look At Atletico Madrid’s Betting Odds
Atletico Madrid have gone deep into the knockout rounds for the past few seasons and won’t have lost too much sleep over an opening goalless draw at Roma after dominating play in Italy.
However, Chelsea’s 2-1 success in the Spanish capital has put the cat among the pigeons, with the Blues striking twice in the second half in response to Antoine Griezmann’s 40th-minute penalty.
Although only going behind with the last kick of the game, Atletico can have few complaints about that result, as they were second best throughout.
The visitors should still be a cut above their next opponents, but this could be tight early on and we’re taking 37/20 they only lead 1-0 at half-time in our Qarabag vs Atletico Madrid betting tips.
QARABAG 1-2 Roma – Pedro Henrique
ATLETICO 1-2 Chelsea – Antoine Griezmann (pen)
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