Ronaldo.com previews the Champions League match between Atletico Madrid and Manchester United and offers team stats, betting tips and the latest odds.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United are gearing for a clash against Atletico Madrid at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday in a first-leg last-16 match in the Champions League.
Atletico Madrid somehow survived their group as runners-up in Group B, by winning just twice on their way to 7 points. They need to up their game to secure further participation in the tournament, in which they are big outsiders now.
While one defeat in their past six Champions League matches is decent, Manchester United seem to be balancing a tightrope as they managed just three wins. The Red Devils, however, still topped Group F with 11 points to their name.
Pressure is on for Atletico Madrid to deliver a good performance against Manchester United in what seems to be an equal encounter. A small win is most likely needed before the return leg, if they are to stand any chance of making the next round.
Atletico Madrid vs Man Utd stats and analysis
Atletico Madrid are relatively average in the art of goal-scoring these days. They claimed a steady 10 goals in their previous 10 matches for an average of 1 goal per game. They simultaneously allowed their opponents 12 goals, or an average of 1.2 goals a game. Furthermore, they fought their way to 2 clean sheets in this run.
Ahead of their upcoming Champions League match, Manchester United have an ample average of 1.9 goals per game in their last 10 matches. They scored a tolerable 19 goals, while also conceding 17 times. That amounts to an average of 1.7 per game, in which they kept their opponents from scoring 1 time.
Stats and facts for Atletico Madrid and Man Utd in Champions League.
- Atletico Madrid have conceded in 11 of the last 13 matches
- Atletico Madrid have not won 3 of the last 4 matches
- Manchester United have scored in the last 20 away matches in a row
- Manchester United have not lost 12 of the last 13 matches
- In 6 of the last 8 away matches Manchester United played, both teams scored
- Manchester United have won 3 of the last 4 matches
- Manchester United have conceded in 5 of the last 7 matches
Atletico Madrid vs Man Utd – Team News
Atletico Madrid might be looking at 3 missing players for their upcoming assignment against Manchester United.
Yannick Carrasco is suspended. Matheus Cunha and Daniel Wass are also out. Thomas Lemar and Mario Hermoso are doubts, having just recovered from COVID-19. Captain Koke, meanwhile, didn’t train on Monday due to injury.
Tom Heaton and Mason Greenwood, meanwhile, remain unavailable for Manchester United. Edinson Cavani is a big doubt himself, but Raphael Varane could make a welcome return to the defense.
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Atletico Madrid Form
Atletico Madrid are a bit back and forth presently, but at least mostly forth, as they beat Getafe by 4-3. Following that up proved too difficult, as they lost 1-0 against Levante, before claiming three points in a 3-0 win against Osasuna.
Manchester United Form
Manchester United look well suited to take on any opponent with seven points to show off from three matches. They started off drawing 1-1 with Southampton, before downing first Brighton by 2-0, then Leeds in a 2-4 win.
Atletico Madrid vs Man Utd H2H
Having never shared a spot in the same division before, this is the first time Atletico Madrid comes up against Manchester United in the Champions League.
Full Time betting
The bookmakers have the two sides more or less evenly matched in the betting market. If you fancy adding Atletico Madrid to your accumulator, they will get you odds 2.55, as bookies predict they are in with a 39% chance of beating Manchester United. If you wish to bet the draw, there are odds at 3.20 on offer, while an away win for Manchester United is available at 3.10.
We’re expecting an entertaining affair on Wednesday. The two sides are struggling in defense and this is sure to come out, especially as they’re both scoring goals. Going for Over 2.5 goals looks a tempting option at the moment.
With Atletico Madrid and Manchester United struggling at the back, the bookies have priced both teams finding the back of the net at 1.90.
Looking at the market for a goalscorer, it seems a good idea to side with Antoine Griezmann, as he is showing decent form for Atletico Madrid. He found the back of the net 4 times in his most recent Champions League outings. He’ll be out to add more goals against Manchester United.
The visitors will be looking to Cristiano Ronaldo to find the net once again, after managing 6 Champions League goals for Manchester United in recent matches.