08 mar WWW.BETISLIFE.COM – UEFA – EUROPA LEAGUE – ATLETICO MADRID – LOKOMOTIV MOSKA
TIP : ATLETICO MADRID WIN & BOTH TEAM TO SCORE NO Odds 1,60
Atletico Madrid’s winning streak came to an abrupt end on Sunday when they visited the Camp Nou, but a 1-0 loss to La Liga leaders Barcelona is nothing to be particularly ashamed of. The fact that they had won their previous eight competitive games means they are still in fine form coming into this game.
Two of these victories were in the Europa League as they picked up a 5-1 aggregate win over Copenhagen, and while the disappointment of finishing 3rd in their Champions League group is still present, they will now be aiming to win the Europa League.
Lokomotiv Moscow also enjoyed a very successful Europa League tie in the last round, beating Nice 4-2 on aggregate, including a 3-2 win away from home. That marked the end of the long Russian winter break, and since that game they have returned to action in the league with a goalless draw against Spartak Moscow.
Lokomotiv haven’t been overly convincing in the rest of their Europa League campaign though. They may have qualified from their group, but they failed to beat Sheriff Tiraspol in both of their group games and drew 0-0 away to Copenhagen. Fortunately for them they found their form in the latter stages, but this sort of performance will be a worry coming into a two legged tie against Atletico Madrid.
Atletico Madrid have long been known as a defensive force under Diego Simeone, and this season is no exception. At home they have won their last five games in a row and have kept a clean sheet throughout, with the last goal they conceded at the Wanda Metropolitano coming in mid-January.
The hosts have kept a clean sheet in 11 of their last 14 competitive home games, and all but one of their last 11 victories at home have been to nil. This makes an Atletico Madrid Win to Nil bet look a good option, but considering they have scored fewer than three goals in ten of their last 14 at home, we’re also backing Atletico Madrid to Win and Under 2.5 Goals alongside a 2-0 correct score predictions.
We’re also backing Antoine Griezmann to find the net on Thursday. The French forward scored four goals in his last home game and leads Atletico Madrid’s scoring charts with 18 goals in La Liga, the Europa League, and the Champions League.