Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid Prediction and Betting Preview, 11 Mar 2020

The Match Is Over. Score: 1-0 (2-3)
Liverpool are in desperate need of another classic European night at Anfield when they play host to Atletico Madrid this Wednesday, looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg.
Match status: 2019-20 Champions League Round of 16
Kick-off:
Venue: Anfield (Liverpool)
With a quarter-final place to play for, the defending champions will need to be on top form to overcome a stubborn Atletico side as the Reds seek a third successive Champions League final appearance.

A return to winning ways at the weekend will buoy the troops – as will their 25-point Premier League lead over Manchester City – but Diego Simeone's side promise to be a completely different proposition than weekend opponents Bournemouth.

The last European knockout tie played at Anfield created one of the competition's most iconic moments, Liverpool beating Barcelona 4-0 in miraculous circumstances on their way to a sixth European Cup.

While Atletico will be stern and stubborn opposition on Merseyside midweek, the Spanish side's preparations for this crucial clash were far from ideal.

Successive La Liga draws against Espanyol and Sevilla have left Simeone's side scrambling for Champions League qualification, currently sat fifth and a whopping 13 points off league leaders Barcelona.

Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid Team News

Anfield needs no extra hype when it comes to European nights, and it promises to be a cauldron on Wednesday when Atletico, whose gamesmanship in the first leg irked the Liverpool fans and players alike, come to town.

The Spanish outfit have been masters of quietening crowds and stifling opposition over the years, and they did exactly that to Liverpool in the first leg when a vintage Diego Simeone display saw them prevent the Reds from having a single shot on target after Saul Niguez had given them a fourth-minute lead to protect.

Not many teams are more adept at holding on to a lead than Atletico and that is exactly what they will be expected to try to do on Wednesday night too.

However, they will also know that keeping Liverpool at bay for 90 minutes at Anfield is arguably the toughest challenge in world football right now, while the lure of a priceless away goal could be enough to tempt them away from battening down the hatches completely, at least initially.

For Liverpool, the challenge will be to break down one of the most stubborn defences around. On paper that task looks simpler than their last home Champions League knockout game - the unforgettable 4-0 semi-final comeback win over Barcelona last season - but in its way it could prove to be even tougher.

It is a Liverpool attack which has not been firing on all cylinders lately, failing to score in three of their last five games, all of which ended in defeat after the Atletico loss sparked a dramatic slump in their previously relentless form.

Some of those results and performances can perhaps be put down to complacency with the Premier League title all-but sewn up, but that will certainly not be the case on Wednesday night in what promises to be such a highly-charged game.

The Reds could even be crowned English champions before they next play in the Premier League should Manchester City lose their next two games, although despite moving to within six points of the title at the weekend, their focus will be firmly on Atletico now.

Injured or Suspended Players

Liverpool: Clyne, Shaqiri, Larouci, Alisson, Henderson and Robertson.

Atletico Madrid: Renan Lodi, Lemar and Morata.

Pre-Match Odds

Liverpool: 1.605
Draw: 4.02
Atletico Madrid: 6.9

All odds are with 1xBet and are subject to change.

Who will win the match?

Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid Predictions

This promises to be a fascinating contest; two European knockout specialists from recent times going head to head, with the defence-minded Atletico looking to keep Liverpool's attack at bay.

The most important thing for Liverpool will be to score the first goal, while they will need to improve defensively if they are to avoid conceding a costly away goal at any point. However, this is a team which has risen to the big occasion on numerous occasions under Klopp and, given their record at Anfield compared to Atletico's record on the road, we are backing Liverpool to progress.
Main Match Predictions:
Home Win @ 1.61
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Correct Score:
Liverpool 2-0 Atletico Madrid @ 7.00
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