Preview: Atletico Madrid – Qarabag

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 26: Head coach Diego Pablo Simeone of Atletico de Madrid attends questions from the media during a press conference ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Atletico de Madrid and Chelsea FC at Wanda Metropolitano stadium on September 26, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Atletico Madrid will be looking to catch up with Roma and Chelsea in Group C. Simeone’s side are currently third, with only two points after three rounds. Their visitors today are at the bottom of the group, with only one point.

 

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Atletico Madrid can’t afford another Champions League (CL) slip-up when they host Qarabag at the Wanda Metropolitano on Halloween in their most important fixture of the season to date.

Diego Simeone’s men remain winless after their first 3 games and currently sit 3rd in Group C with just 2 points (D2, L1), 3 points behind Roma and 5 behind leaders Chelsea. Atletico have almost no margin for error if they are to reach the knockout stages of the CL for a 5th straight season.

Azerbaijani champions Qarabag, who claimed their 1st point in the competition by holding Atletico to a 0-0 draw, will run out of chances to progress into the last 16 if they lose to Atletico and Roma beat Chelsea.

Atletico’s inability to score in the 1st half is a worrisome trend. They have failed to find the back of the net in the 1st half of 9 of their last 14 games in all competitions.

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Deniz Aytekin returns to Spain. The German referee, who was heavily criticised for his performance in Barcelona’s epic 6-1 win over PSG last season, will be the man in the middle for this crucial CL clash.

Qarabag striker Dino Ndlovu will miss the trip to Atletico after being sent off in the previous clash between the two sides.

 

Missing players

Atletico Madrid: Y. Carrasco (knee injury), Koke (doubtful)

Qarabag: B. Guseynov (injury), P. Henrique (doubtful).