Atletico Madrid take on the visitors Lokomotiv Moscow at “Wanda Metropolitano” in the first-leg clash of the 1/8 final stage of the UEFA Europa League. The match will be played in Madrid on Thursday, March 8th.
In this season Atletico Madrid stick to their usual football style: rock-solid defense with rare counter-attacks and triumphs with under scored goals. At the moment “Los Colchoneros” may fully focus on the UEFA Europa League as the team has already been knocked out from the Copa del Rey while in the LaLiga it is sitting now on the second place without any chances neither to reach Barcelona which are the leaders nor to lose seven points handicap ahead of Real Madrid. Thus, the club has good opportunity to claim for the Eurocup trophy, especially bearing in mind that Diego Simeone’s side has always been good in the Cup tournaments and the play-off stages are a comfortable area for it. Atletico Madrid have won 13 out of 20 home clashes in this season and deserved eight clean sheets in 10 recent tackles conducted at their own turf.
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I assume that Lokomotiv Moscow will tend to turn the reverse fixture played at the home pitch into the decisive clash which means they will try not to fail with a handsome margin in Madrid. And I believe that they are strong enough to achieve it as “Zheleznodorozhniki” have not conceded a single goal in two latest encounters while on the group stage of UEFA Europa League they only conceded four goals in six clashes played. Besides, Yuri Semin is a highly experienced coach which will not leave free space for “Los Colchoneros”.
It looks like due to the higher football class and knowledge Atletico Madrid will gain a favourable result in the upcoming battle.
Prediction for the match: Atletico Madrid to win. Under 3.5 scored goals.