Betting Tips

Back Atletico Madrid to win to NIL against Leicester.

After cruising into a 2-0 lead, fellow La Liga side Sevilla allowed Leicester back into the tie with a precious away goal in the previous round, but do not expect Diego Simeone’s men to be so sloppy in the Champions League quarterfinal first leg in Madrid.

The reigning Premier League champions eventually lost 2-1 in Sevilla in what proved Claudio Ranieri’s last match in charge, but the Foxes are rejuvenated under new boss Craig Shakespeare, fighting back to win the return 2-0 and seal a last eight spot in their first ever season in the competition.

It’s a battle of two counterattacking setups, with neither side overly comfortable with dominating possession. But Los Rojiblancos have the edge in crucial European experience, twice beaten finalists against noisy neighbours Real in recent years, including last season’s penalty shootout heartbreak in the final in Milan. The pain of those final defeats will still be etched in the memory and Simeone’s side can relatively easily dispose of Leicester on home soil in the cauldron of the Vicente Calderon.

Foxes skipper Wes Morgan has been ruled out through injury in central defence, so Danish keeper Kasper Schmeichel in the Leicester goal, who saved an early penalty in Seville, must enjoy another yet another worldy performance to keep the scoreline respectable.

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A Madrid win to NIL at 10-11 with Bet Victor looks good, with 1-0 (28-5 Netbet), 2-0 the obvious scorelines in the Spanish side’s favour. However, it promises to be a tight, cagey affair. No doubt, Simeone’s side will be content to be patient and avoid conceding that crucial away goal which allowed Sevilla a lifeline last time out. Despite Leicester’s injury worries at the heart of their defence, under 2.5 goals could be nicely rewarded at 111-100 with Marathon. Boosted by their LOUD travelling army of fans, Leicester can hold out until the break, so draw HT Atletico FT looks sound at 16-5 with 188bet.

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Fans of Jamie Vardy getting the party started by scoring at any time can go to Paddy Power for outstanding value at 5-1. But the quiet assassin Antoine Griezmann is more likely to get at least one at 19-20 with Unibet, as Simeone’s side take another step on the road to securing the only trophy to have eluded him during his impressive stay at Atleti.