Match date: 12 Apr 2017
| Sport: Football
| Competition: UEFA Champions League
| Stake: 8/10
| Pick: 1 (-1.5 AH)
| Match result:
1-0 - Lost
Atletico Madrid are among strongest teams in Europe in last few years, they reached two finals in last three seasons and that tells us enough how series they are, this year they don't have a chance to win the title in Spain, they are at third spot with ten points less than leaders Real Madrid but i'm pretty sure that will at least manage to retain that position and win direct placement into Champions league group stage for the next season, from Spanish Cup were eliminated by Barcelona and only in champions league are still in race for trophy, they reached knockout stage after ending at first spot in their group above Bayern Munich, in 1/8 finals eliminated German Leverkusen without much problems while in quarter finals first leg are welcoming English Leicester tonight. Hosts are clear favorites, they are in good form, in last 20 matches suffered only two defeats, both were against Barcelona with one goal difference and now i believe that will manage to set up another positive result and take advantage here before rematch in England. They are much more experienced than guests and i believe that will manage to defeat Leicester which despite are in good form simple don't have much chances to confront to such a strong team. In previous round hosts divided points in city derby with Real Madrid , they showed great defensive skills so far and i just doubt that will concede a goal tonight, so far showed decent goals scoring skills and i'm sure that will score some goals in this game in front of their crowd. Coach Diego Simeone can't count on injured goalkeeper Moya (9/0), defender Vrsaljko (14/0), midfielders Tiago (9/1), Fernandez (3/0) and forward Gameiro (26/10).
Leicester on the other side lived their dream in previous season while in this one simple didn't managed to continue in same manner, as title defenders they really disappointed and at one moment were very close to a relegation zone, they showed improving and managed to climb up at the table in English Premier league thanks to a series of five victories. They didn't had some very strong group in Champions league and ended at leading spot, only serious opponent was Porto but they were good in duels in them, in previous round in Champions league they managed to eliminated Spanish Sevilla, after being defeated in Spain they managed to achieve great victory at home and won progress into next round, however i simple don't believe that can repeat same result against Atletico. Foxes were defeated in previous round of Premier league by Everton with two goals margin and were outplayed so their series of six consecutive victories has ended, that wasn't good before this match and to at least avoid defeat here must show some outstanding performances which i doubt that will be the case. For Leicester this is first season in champions league in history and so far achieved very good results but i'm sure that their European journey will end here, hosts are strong side and in my opinion Foxes don't have much chances to avoid defeat tonight. Defenders Wague (0/0), Wes Morgan (27/1) and midfielder Mendy (4/0) are injured while defender Wilfried Ndidi (10/1) is in doubt due to a minor injury.
Atletico Madrid are big favorites for this match, they must win here in order to avoid pressure in rematch, they mustn't underestimate hosts which surprised in last round, however Atletico seems just to strong for them and everything except victory of hosts here would be a big surprise.