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A Big Week Ahead
As Manchester City prepare for Sunday’s huge clash against Liverpool, they must first deal with European matters this evening.
First Leg Advantage
Although a large amount of focus is being placed on Sunday’s heavyweight clash at the Etihad, there is a European eliminator for Manchester City to contend with first and with them being paired with Atletico Madrid this evening, it will not be an easy one either.
Especially as Diego Simeone’s men have already dumped one half of Manchester out of the competition and with United being brushed aside in the Round of 16, Atletico will now look to complete the double.
A double which could then lead to an all-Madrid Semi-final and although there is some chance of that happening, it is fair to say that Simeone and his battle-hardened group of players will have to be at their best for a minimum of 180 minutes.
Because this current crop of City superstars are currently outright favourites to win this season’s edition of the Champions League and although you will need to wait until May to potentially collect on that, a winner could be around the corner in just a few hours.
With City being afforded home advantage for tonight’s meeting, that will likely tip the balance of power in their favour and with Atletico known for not giving all that much away, goals may be at a premium.
Which means backing the Etihad outfit to win and a total of under 2.5 goals, is something that has piqued my interest and if you want to join me in backing this outcome, you can currently do so at odds of 11/5.
An outcome that would provide Pep Guardiola with an advantage to then take to Madrid next Wednesday and although the threat of conceding an away goal is not as dangerous as it once was, the former Barcelona boss would love to take a clean sheet there as well.
Then again, at this stage of the Champions League you are not necessarily afforded luxuries such as these and any advantage that can be installed before a trip to the Spanish capital, is one that will be welcomed all the same.
While a win was certainly welcomed last Saturday, as the current Premier League leaders returned to top spot and although they were only off the summit for a couple of hours beforehand, their win over Burnley reinforced their slight domestic dominance.
Something that will count for little this evening and the same can also be said for Atletico’s current resurgence in LaLiga. Six successive wins have been recorded by the Wanda Metropolitano outfit and the most recent of those was a 4-1 victory over Alaves at the weekend.
However, four goals for the 2018 Europa League winners is not something that I envisage this evening and with a 2-0 win for City currently being boosted by bet365 and odds of 6/1, this is also worth some strong consideration before kick off.