Sam WattLeverkusen v Atletico Madrid, Wednesday November 6, 20:00, BayArena. We are now entering the second half of the Champions League group stage with Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid facing a tricky trip to German outfit Bayer Leverkusen, who are out of form.
Just 11 goals have gone in across Atleti’s last nine matches in all competitions and this is likely to follow a similar trend. Bayer have just one goal in their three group games to date and indeed have just eight in their last seven Bundesliga games, making this one of the best online betting odds of the matchday. 888Sport price it at 11/5.
Going slightly further than the previous bet, for a final score of 0-0 in this encounter is tempting. Only one goal went in during their encounter in Madrid – a drab encounter with few chances for either side. Both sides recent form show that both are goal-shy and this is a game which looks set to have clear-cut opportunities at a premium. 888Sport price a 0-0 draw at 15/2.
Head to Head
This will be the eighth competitive meeting between the two clubs in the past nine years. Atleti have won three encounters, Bayer have triumphed once and there have been three draws.
Atletico Madrid have reached two of the last six finals of this competition but have never lifted the trophy.
Leverkusen have never won the Champions League but reached the 2002 final – when they went down 2-1 against Real Madrid.
Atleti have scored just three goals in their last 11 first halves – and incredibly not conceded at all during that time.
Bayer have never won the Bundesliga, but after winning their opening two games this season, have now just won twice in their past seven outings in the division.
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