Champions League – Play Offs: Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid game preview, stat and predictions

Liverpool

11 March 2020 live

21:00 UTC

Champions League – Play Offs

Atletico Madrid

 

Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid

After the 2-1 victory against Bournemouth, Liverpool will take on Atletico Madrid for the second leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16. That victory over Bournemouth gave Liverpool their 3rd win in all competitions; WLWLLW. Now, Jurgen Klopp will look to reverse Atletico Madrid’s 1-0 victory over his side in the first leg in order to qualify for the next round of the tournament. He will play his familiar 4-3-3 formation with Mane, Salah and Firmino leading the attack. All three together have scored 6 goals for Liverpool so far in this season’s Champions League tournament.

Liverpool’s James Milner is looking forward to a special night as the Reds try to overturn the deficit result. “The crowd will be right with us, they were with us again today, and it’ll be a special night – it always is, so it’s down to us to turn around a tough result”. The Englishman is expected to feature before the end of the game. It’s now left to see if Liverpool will tap into strength of the home fans as they have done in the past to win and qualify for next round of the tournament.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid remain unbeaten in their last six games in all competitions; WDWWDD. Their last match was a Spanish La Liga game which ended 2-2 against Sevilla. Now they will look to stretch that unbeaten run to seven games in a row when they visit Anfield on Wednesday. Diego Simeone will play a 4-4-2 formation with Joao Felix who has 2 goals in this season’s UEFA Champions League tournament leading the attack along with Morata. Morata also has 2 goals for ATL. Madrid in the tournament and both strikers will be looking to stretch their goal tally when they face Liverpool.

The first leg of this tie ended 1-0 in favor of ATL. Madrid. It was Saul Niguez (4’) who scored the only goal of the game. Liverpool tried but failed to find a reply despite having a ball possession of 73%. They were unable to get a shot on target despite taking 8 shots. Liverpool completed 726 passes while ATL. Madrid completed only 276 passes.

Diego Simeone will try to find an early goal and fall back in defense in the later parts of the game, hoping to catch Liverpool on a deadly counter. Andrew Robertson and Henderson have returned to training and should start on Wednesday against Atl. Madrid. Meanwhile, Diego Costa will be available for the away team.

A victory for Liverpool is predicted at full time.

Venue: Anfield.

Date: 11th March, 2020.

Kick-off: 8PM (UK Time).

Competition: Champions League.

Round: 16.

Match Day: 2.

 

What time is kick off?
The match begins at 21:00.

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