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12/04/2018 | 8:05 pm

Atletico Madrid preview

Atlético Madrid

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Estádio José Alvalade

12/04/2018 | 8:05 pm

In a sentence: In this Europa League preview we travel to Portugal to see if Sporting can cause a huge upset and overturn a two-goal deficit against Atletico Madrid.

Last time: The result followed all the pre-game Europa League predictions, with Atletico scoring inside a minute before bagging a second before half-time.

This time: Sporting are 4/1 for the win, with Atletico at 4/5 and the draw 23/10.

You might remember: The Spanish side beat their Portuguese counterparts on the way to winning the Europa League in the 2009/10 season. Atletico beat Fulham in that year’s final thanks to a 2-1 win, when Diego Forlan was the hero with both goals.

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Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has five goals in his last six games, including the equaliser against local rivals Real Madrid on Sunday and the second goal against Sporting last week

As football predictions go, Atletico Madrid to qualify for the semi-finals is almost a guarantee. With a comfortable 2-0 lead to take into the second leg, it would take something spectacular to see them crash out now. Following defeat last Thursday, the Sporting president went on the offensive and called out his players for their performance. He labeled his players as “stupid”, only for 19 of the squad to respond and condemn his lack of support.

It did not stop there, as furious with the players’ response, President Bruno De Carvalho went on to claim that all of the players involved were “suspended with immediate effect”. The suspension was later denied by manager Jorge Jesus and they did go on to win their league fixture on Sunday. Not the ideal preparation for this return game and it will only enhance Atletico’s tag as favourites.

Sporting have lost their last two games in the Europa League and with no away goal it almost looks an impossible task for them. After three defeats in their last six games, they are 4/1 to win for a reason, and with all the recent happenings at the club it makes it all the more difficult to add a home win to your football predictions here.

Diego Simone’s team are in good form and are clear favourites to go all the way in this season’s competition. In their two away games so far in the Europa League they have managed nine goals but don’t expect them to overexert themselves. They are strong favourites to win the game at 4/5, and while they may not need to, they won’t want to take any chances.

In terms of a football prediction, Atletico Madrid to qualify is as obvious as they come and you will get a measly 1/80 for the Spanish side to do so. If you’re feeling optimistic that a shock could be on the cards, you can back Sporting to qualify at 22/1.

The away team are big favourites in all of the betting markets and first goalscorer is no different. The obvious pairing of Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa are at the head of the queue at 4/1 and 7/2 respectively, while the closest Sporting offering is Bas Dost at 13/2.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

The draw at half-time and Atletico at full-time is 10/3. Atleti have the necessary experience to manage this game comfortably and cruise through with little to no problems.

2

We fancy:

There have been under 2.5 goals in all of Sporting’s last four games and don’t expect a Diego Simone team to give them any, while Atletico have not scored more than twice in their last four. One of our best free football betting tips for this game is an away win with under 2.5 goals at 21/10. If you fancy increasing those odds you could add under 2.5 goals to be scored to your betslip at 11/20 to create a nice double. 

3

It’s a long shot, but:

It is a long shot for sure, but Sporting to do the unthinkable and qualify is 22/1, while it is 28/1 for them to win over 3.5 goals and a big 50/1 for them to pull off on of the most unlikely football score predictions for this game of 3-0.

Written by Elio Salerno

Elio Salerno is a Peterborough-based family man, Juventus fanatic, football coach and football obsessive. A serial tweeter, Elio counts Alessandro Del Piero’s World Cup 2006 goal against Germany as his favourite in the sport’s history.