Atletico Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen
Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano Stadium
Betting Odds: Atletico 1.65; Draw 3.75 ; Bayer 5.50
Probability of Win: Atletico 59%; Draw 25% ; Bayer 16%
Injury Concern: Félix (ankle), Savić (hamstring), Vrsaljko (knee)
Predicted XI: Oblak; Trippier, JM Giménez, Hermoso, Lodi; Koke, Thomas, Saúl Ñíguez, Correa; Costa, Morata
Diego Simeone’s side are currently second in the table on four points, while Leverkusen are fourth having lost both of their group matches to Lokomotiv Moscow and Juventus. Another win on Tuesday night would place the Spanish outfit in a strong position, but their form in recent weeks has not been convincing. Indeed, while only one defeat represents a successful start to the season, Atletico have only won one of their last six in the league, posting four draws in the process.
Atletico Madrid will be looking to move onto seven points in Group D when they welcome Bayer Leverkusen to the Wanda Metropolitano in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Atletico have made a positive start to their 2019-20 Champions League campaign, picking up four points from their two fixtures thus far. Simeone’s team started with a 2-2 draw at home to Juventus on September 18 before recording a 2-0 victory away to Lokomotiv Moscow last time out.
Injury Concern: Bailey (thigh), Aránguiz (foot), Sinkgraven (thigh), Wendell (thigh)
Predicted XI: Hrádecký; L Bender, Tah, S Bender; Baumgartlinger, Demirbay; Bellarabi, Havertz, Amiri, Volland; Alario
Die Werkself have reached the last 16 or further in seven of their previous eight Champions League campaigns, which is an indication of their standing in the competition. That said, the German side have only won two of their last 15 Champions League matches, which will be a concern ahead of this clash.
Leverkusen, though, will enter the match off the back of a poor run of results. Peter Bosz’s side are without a win in any competition since the end of September, losing two of their last three matches.
Friday’s defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga was the second time that they had lost 3-0 in their last three matches, having also been on the wrong end of the same scoreline when they traveled to Juve in the Champions League on October 1.
As mentioned, Leverkusen are yet to pick up a point in Group D, having also lost at home to Lokomotiv Moscow on September 18. If they have ambitions of qualifying for the round of 16, the German side now face back-to-back games against Atletico and will have to pick up a couple of positive results.