Atletico Madrid vs Manchester United Prediction and Odds
The heat is on as the Round of 16 commenced in the UEFA Champions last week. It was PSG vs Real Madrid that stole most of the spotlight in the 1st week while all eyes are currently on this intense clash between Atletico Madrid and Manchester United who are playing for the first time against each other.
The hosts haven’t had the best of the seasons so far with inconsistency hampering their progress in La Liga besides failing to string victories in group stage games in the Champions League.
On the other hand, their opponents are clambering to do a better job in Europe this time around with a new manager and a strong squad in place. But recent outings in FA Cup and Premier League should force them to do better here. The first leg is scheduled for 23rd February in the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano at 9 pm.
|Win Probability: 30%||Manchester United||Atletico Madrid||Predicted Winner|
|FcTables||Win Probability: 30%||Win Probability: 30%||Atletico Madrid|
|Betting Expert||Odds: 3.20||Odds: 2.55||Atletico Madrid|
|FiveThirtyEight||Win Probability: 28%||Win Probability: 28%||Atletico Madrid|
Atletico Madrid vs Manchester United Prediction and Odds: Recent form
Atletico Madrid has had a bumpy ride so far and has barely made it to the next round in this edition. They had Liverpool, Milan, and Porto in their group. While they managed to pull off victories against Milan and Porto, the twin losses against Liverpool exposed their chinks in the armory.
On the other hand, they are struggling in the 5th position in La Liga with shocking defeats against Levante, Real Sociedad, and Athletic Club in recent times. Given that they have suffered early exits in Copa Del Rey and Supercopa de Espana, it is a golden opportunity for them to go deep here.
Looking at Man United’s recent form, the one thing that should worry them the most is their underwhelming performance in knockout/key games. Despite topping their group in Europe, they didn’t really dominate the likes of Atalanta, Young Boys, and Villarreal.
In addition to that, they were knocked out of FA Cup by Middlesbrough in penalties. When it comes to Premier League, they are 17 points off the lead and will probably settle for a top 3 finish this time around. With stars like Ronaldo, Pogba, and Fernandes in the fray, this is their best opportunity to win the Champions League.
Atletico Madrid vs Manchester United Prediction and Odds: Head-to-head
The teams are meeting each other for the first time in any competition.
Atletico Madrid vs Manchester United Prediction and Odds: Offensive and Defensive Stats
|Manchester United||Atletico Madrid||Advantage|
The Atletico Madrid attack is heavily reliant on Joao Felix and Luis Suarez to score which has been a headache for the Spanish team. Even though both the strikers managed to find the back of the net against Osasuna, it is important to breach the ManU defense on Wednesday.
Looking at the stats, Luis Suarez has just 11 goals and 2 assists in 36 appearances and has an underwhelming rating of 6.57. His partner Joao Felix has also failed to fire with the Portugal player having just 4 goals and 4 assists in 24 games besides no Man of the Match performance in this season.
The biggest plus for Manchester United has been its attack with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Jardon Sancho and Jesse Lingard scoring on a consistent basis.
Cristiano Ronaldo is as good as he was 10 years ago in terms of his skills and goal-scoring ability. In 32 appearances, he has 20 goals in addition to an 81.2% pass percentage.
His national teammate Bruno Fernandes has continued to carry the team as he did in the previous season. With 9 goals and 11 assists besides 4 Man of the Match awards, he is one of the best playmakers currently.
The Atletico’s mid-field is led by Koke and Llorente in addition to Carrasco who has been performing well in creating opportunities. Koke has scored no goals and has assisted on 2 occasions so far which has given him a rating of 6.66.
Hector Herrera has 1 goal from the start of this season along with creating 0.4 shots on target per game. Llorente’s strengths include dribbling, crossing, and long passes with an assist and 87.5% pass percentage in 27 games along with 1.3 tackles.
Fred is turning out to be the best midfielder currently who likes to tackle and is someone who can dribble. He has 0.7 shots, 2.6 tackles, and 1.1 interceptions per game apart from 83.8% pass accuracy. Scott McTominay has been more of an aggressor in the team who has scored 2 goals and an assist this season. In addition to 2.1 aerial duels, he has contributed 1.4 clears and 2 tackles on average.
The Atletico Madrid’s backline is guarded by youngsters who have to step up when they face ManU attack. Stefan Savic is an important asset for the team has 83.2% pass success, 2.2 aerials won, 1.4 interceptions and 3.4 clears every game in the recent past.
Gimenez is a quality player who intercepts extremely well and is an indirect set-piece threat. He has 88.1% pass accuracy along with an all-important 3.6 clears in every outing giving him a rating of 6.72 so far. Reinaldo Mandava is someone who is pretty versatile for the side playing in every position the side asked him to.
The ManU defense looks formidable with the services of Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw who put on a decent show against Leeds United last weekend.
Harry Maguire is known for his tackles and is their prime defender but hasn’t come up with the goods so far. He has 86.2% pass accuracy, 1 tackle, 0.9 interceptions, and 3.3 clears per game in the recent past.
Victor Lindelof is yet another quality defender in the side who has 87.3% pass success along with 0.7 tackles, 0.8 interceptions and 4.1 clears so far. In addition to this, he has assisted twice in 27 games. He has a rating of 6.67 in the recent past.
Luke Shaw is someone who passes extremely well and is exceptional in aerial duels having a rating of 6.85 in 30 outings.
Atletico Madrid vs Manchester United Prediction and Odds: Predicted Winner
Atletico Madrid is set to host Manchester United at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday night. This will be the first meeting between the two teams. Looking at the team stats, Man United is ahead of Atletico Madrid in all three departments but the host team has been in spectacular form recently. Added to it the home advantage will be helpful for the Madrid side in the game.
The Atletico Madrid vs Manchester United Prediction and odds platforms are also expecting Atletico Madrid to come on top in this tight contest against the English side. Looking at the odds given by FCTables, they have gone on to suggest a 38% chance to the hosts with 2.55 odds whereas the visitors are not too far behind with a 30% chance and odds of 3.20.
As per the odds of Bettingexpert, the hosts have a better chance to grab an important victory with odds of 2.55 whereas the Ragnick men require a big effort to displace the Spanish side. According to FiveThirtyEight, they are expecting Atletico Madrid to emerge victorious with a 48% chance while the visiting team has a chance of 28% to pull off a huge win.