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Atlético Madrid

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Wanda Metropolitano

22/02/2018 | 6:00 pm

F.C. Copenhagen

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Wanda Metropolitano

22/02/2018 | 6:00 pm

In a sentence: Atletico Madrid host FC Copenhagen on Thursday night, with Diego Simeone’s side already having one foot in the Europa League last 16.

Last time: The Spanish side comfortably saw off Copenhagen 4-1 in Denmark in the first leg a week ago, with goal from Saul Niguez, Kevin Gameiro, Antoine Griezmann and Vitolo.

This time: Copenhagen have something of mountain to climb to turn this tie around, with an away win priced at 12/1 and a home victory at 2/9.

You might remember: Former Wolves boss Stale Solbakken who is now in his second spell in charge of FC Copenhagen.

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Betting Tips & 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.

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.

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Written by Feargal Brennan

Feargal Brennan is a long-suffering Everton fan who turned to European football for respite from the Toffees’ struggles. A frequent radio contributor, Feargal writes on football and betting and is an expert in how to cope when you support a forever frustrating football team.