Bayer vs Atletico Madrid Champions League Predictions

Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt
Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid Champions League
Bayer vs Atletico Madrid Champions League

The match is over.
Score: 2-1.

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.

Predictions

Bayer Leverkusen have endured a miserable campaign to date in Europe – losing all three matches including a 1-0 loss at Atleti a fortnight ago.

Peter Bosz’s side are also under pressure with poor domestic form, collecting just 15 points in their opening nine Bundesliga matches – sitting ninth in the standings.

Atleti are well placed to advance into the last 16 with seven points from their opening three games, and a victory here would likely seal their progress officially.

Diego Simeone’s side are struggling to win in La Liga though even though they sit fourth, they have just five wins from their opening 11 league games.

The visitors will be favourites to win here despite not possessing home advantage, as they hold superior form and quality over Bayer.

The away side are favourites to win this game although it may not be comfortable – a 0-0 draw may be the most likely outcome.

Betting Tips

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.

Statistics

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.

Stats

  • 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.
Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt

Football manager is my life, but have taken up writing to help put all that knowledge playing the game to good use. Follow me for all things European football and gain unexpected knowledge about players and teams you didn't know before. When not playing football manager, I take a break to play with my Sunday League team.

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