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Bayer Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid predictions, betting tips and team news

  • Bayer Leverkusen take on Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16
  • The first leg of this tie takes place in Leverkusen on Tuesday February 21
Atletico Madrid's French forward Antoine Griezmann

Atletico Madrid travel to Germany on Tuesday night for the first leg of this Champions League knock-out clash and we look forward to the game with our prediction, betting tips and team news here.

Bayer Leverkusen are battling to rise up the Bundesliga table and into the European qualification spots for next season. Roger Schmidt's men suffered a stumbling start to the campaign and although they have improved drastically in recent months, they still sit in 9th place, with six points separating them from the coveted top six spots.

In the group stages of the Champions League, the German side were able to overcome CSKA Moscow and Tottenham Hotspur to qualify alongside French principality Monaco, although they did draw four of their six matches in that round. With the home advantage, Schmidt will know that a first leg victory is vital at odds of 5/2 with BetVictor if his side are to stand any serious chance of progression.

Atletico Madrid form

Atletico Madrid may not be able to finish in the top three in La Liga this season. Los Rojiblancos have been battling it out for the title with Barcelona and Real Madrid in recent years but this year they face a battle to finish in the top four and the Champions League as they currently sit in fourth place with just one point separating them from Real Sociedad in fifth.

Leverkusen's Mexican striker Javier Hernandez (Getty Images)
After beating German champions Bayern Munich in the first match of the group stages, it was pretty much plain sailing for Atleti in reaching this stage of the competition as they managed home and away wins over both Russian side Rostov and Dutch outfit PSV Eindhoven. They did lose away to Bayern Munich in their last match, but you can back them to bounce back by winning in Germany this time at 6/5 with Ladbrokes.

Bayer Leverkusen team news

Attacking midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu is the only confirmed absentee for Bayer Leverkusen in this game. The Turkish international is currently serving a four month ban from FIFA after he took a signing on fee to join a Turkish club during his time at Karlsruher before actually joining the club in question. Defender Jonathan Tah is back in training and likely to make a return.

Atletico Madrid team news

There are question marks over the fitness of a few Atletico Madrid players ahead of this clash. The likes of first choice goalkeeper Jan Oblak and key central defender Diego Godin are in a race to be fit in time for this one, with Godin more likely to feature than Oblak. Also doubtful are Tiago and Saul Niguez, whilst experienced full-back Juanfran will definitely miss out.

Recommended bet

We're backing the draw in the first leg of this game. Knowing that the onus is on them to win the tie, we think Atletico will look to stay tight and not concede the lead in the first leg before finishing the job in front of their own supporters at the Vicente Calderon. Los Colcheneros are the stronger of the two teams but after tying in four of their six group stage matches, we fancy Bayer to hold them to a draw at 23/10 with bet365.


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Bayer Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid predictions, betting tips and team news

Atletico Madrid travel to Germany on Tuesday night for the first leg of this Champions League knock-out clash and we look forward to the game with our prediction, betting tips and team news here.

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