2019-20 UEFA Champions League – Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool Preview: Match Analysis & Prediction

THE PREDICTION

This promises to be a fascinating clash at the Wanda Metropolitano as Diego Simeone’s Atletico meet Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. Atletico have allowed just six goals on home soil in La Liga so far this season and will be determined to keep things tight ahead of a return leg at Anfield. Simeone will know that his side cannot afford to let this match open up and while he would love a first-leg advantage, he will not be phased by going to England with a goalless draw under their belts. Liverpool will ask plenty of questions with their star attacking trio but they too are strong defensively and that should lead to a low-scoring affair. First-leg matches in the Champions League knockout phase are so often cagey affairs, and this one promises to follow suit. The fact that Atletico’s attack is decimated by injuries to Joao Felix and Diego Costa means that keeping things tight at the back is their only real route to success here and they have the defensively solidity to halt the Liverpool juggernaut and keep this very low scoring.

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