Leicester City vs Atletico Madrid April 18th, 2017: Atletico Madrid of Spain has the upper hand in their two-legged Champions League quarterfinal showdown against reigning English Premier League Champions Leicester City after winning their home match 1-0 last Wednesday. The second leg will be kicking off at King Power Stadium in Leicester this Tuesday, April 18th. Leicester reached the quarterfinals after downing Spanish club Sevilla 3-2 on aggregate in the round of 16 while Atletico Madrid advanced by beating German Bundesliga team Bayer Leverkusen 4-2.
Leicester City vs Atletico Madrid – bet365 Champions League Odds:
- bet365 currently lists Atletico Madrid as the favorites to win the 90-minute game at 11/10 with Leicester 12/5 and a draw also at 12/5
Leicester City vs Atletico Madrid – Head to Head:
The two clubs have now met just times overall with Atletico Madrid being undefeated with four wins and a draw while outscoring Leicester 8-2. Leicester was eliminated from European competition by Atletico Madrid twice previously as they were ousted from the 1961/62 European Cup Winners’ Cup by them as well as the 1997/98 UEFA Cup.
Leicester City – A Closer Look:
Leicester’s fortunes changed for the better after Claudio Ranieri was replaced as manager by Craig Shakespeare as they won their first six games with Shakespeare in charge. They then dropped two in a row, including last week’s loss to Atletico Madrid. They currently reside in 11th place in the 20-team English league with 10 wins, six draws and 15 defeats for 36 points. They’ve scored 39 goals and allowed 51 against.
Leicester won Group G in this year’s Champions League with 13 points from four wins, a draw and a loss while scoring seven goals and conceding six. Five of the six goals against came in one game in a loss to Porto. Leicester won all three of their home matches during the group stage so Atletico will find it won’t be easy. Leicester has appeared in only five two-legged European ties in the past with a record of 2-3. They were knocked out of European tournaments by Atletico Madrid in two of their three previous outings.
Atletico Madrid eliminated them from both the 1961/62 European Cup Winners’ Cup and the 1997/98 UEFA Cup. Leicester has faced Spanish opposition just seven times in the past with only one victory to show for it along five losses and a draw while being outscored 10-5. Leicester has a win, loss and draw at home against Spanish clubs at King Power Stadium. Defender Robert Huth will miss this match due to a suspension from an accumulation of yellow cards.
Atletico Madrid – A Closer Look:
Atletico Madrid entered last weekend’s Spanish league games in third place behind leaders Real Madrid and second-place Barcelona after 31 games. They have a very slim chance of capturing the league crown this campaign as they were 10 points back of cross-town rival Real Madrid with Real having a game in hand. They were also seven points behind Barcelona. Atletico has 18 wins on the season along with eight draws and five losses for 62 points with 56 goals scored and 24 conceded.
They were also just a lone point in front of fourth-place Sevilla. This is the fourth straight season Atletico has reached Champions League quarterfinals and the ninth time overall. Their record so far is 5-3 in final-eight appearances. Atletico lost to Real Madrid last year’s Champions League Final 5-3 in a penalty shootout. It was their third loss in the final in three appearances. However, they’ve won several other European competitions in the past.
Atletico topped Group D during the group stage this year with 15 points from five wins and a defeat with seven goals for and two against. They had two wins and a loss away from home. The Spanish club has met English opposition 24 ties in the past with 10 wins, five defeats and nine draws while scoring 34 times and conceding 28. They have two wins, four draws and four losses in England. They’ve also met English clubs three times on neutral grounds with two wins and a defeat.
Leicester City vs Atletico Madrid – Takeaway:
- Leicester is still very much alive in this tie. If they win 1-0 the game will go to 30 minutes of extra time. If it’s still level it will be decided by a penalty shootout. Atletico Madrid will advance with a win or draw or any one-goal loss in which they score at least a goal. Leicester will advance on any win by two or more goals.
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