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    22/02/2018 Kick Off:  6:00 pm Wanda Metropolitano V Predicted Score:2 - 0

    Away F.C. Copenhagen

      Match Summary

      1 Look out for:

      Former Sevilla man Vitolo has had to wait for his turn to play for Atletico, as their transfer ban delayed his debut until January 2018.

      He has had to feed off scraps since starting life at the club, but he is likely to start on Thursday, and after a goal scoring display in Denmark.

      He will be itching to make an impact and secure regular football, and the Spanish international is 11/2 to score first.

      2 We fancy:

      Atletico look to be home and dry in terms of qualification, but Simeone will not allow them to take their foot off the gas, particularly in front of their home fans.

      They have been the champions of the 1-0 win in 2018, with three single goal victories sinccce the turn of the year.

      However their four goals against Copenhagen in the first leg, and two against Bilbao at the weekend, show a slightly more attacking edge coming to the fore – with that in mind they are 9/2 to win 2-0.

      3 It's a long shot, but…

      With French international Griezmann likely to be rested for this game, even more focus will fall onto Diego Costa.

      The ex Chelsea man is enjoying his second spell  at the club, despite his debut being delayed alongside Vitolo, and he has four goals in eight appearances in all competitions.

      He netted at the weekend against Athletic Bilbao, and he is 10/ to score two or more against Copenhagen.

      Team News

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      Atlético Madrid's Last Six:

        Won: 5 Drawn: 0 Lost: 1

        With Atletico in a strong position in La Liga, currently in second place, seven points behind Barcelona, Simeone make take this as an opportunity to rotate his squad.

        Augusto Fernandez, Nicolas Gaitan, Miguel Moya and Vitolo could all be in line to start.

        F.C. Copenhagen's Last Six:

          Won: 2 Drawn: 1 Lost: 3

          Copenhagen have no fresh injury worries as they prepare to head to the Wanda Metropolitano.

          Solbakken opted to rest striker Viktor Fischer, who scored in the first leg, for the weekend game against FC Midtjylland, but he should fit to start on Thursday.

          Atlético Madrid vs F.C. Copenhagen Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

          Atletico Madrid might rest Antoine Griezmann but he’ll be a danger if he does feature

          Atletico sent out a strong statement with their performance in the first leg with an excellent performance and result that did not flatter them. They have already been earmarked as potential winner if this season’s Europa League, following their exit from the Champions League, and so far they look to be a good option.

          Given the three away goals they have on Copenhagen, qualification for the next round should be a formality, priced at a ridiculous 1/1000.

          They have been strong at home this season, only losing to Chelsea and Sevilla at home all season, and they should extend that run with a home win on Thursday night, priced at 1/4.

          Copenhagen were unfortunate to draw a side like Atletico at this stage, as they could have gone on further with a kinder draw in the last 32.

          Goals could be an issue for the Danish side as Atletico have the best defensive record in La Liga this season, conceding just nine goals, and they have conceded just three goals in their lat five home games.

          With that in mind, an Atletico to win to nil bet is priced at an interesting 8/11.

          Predicted Score: Atlético Madrid 2 - 0 F.C. Copenhagen

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