Atletico Madrid will host Sporting Lisbon at the Wanda Metropolitano for their showdown in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals. Under the tutelage of Diego Simeone, Los Rojiblancos failed to qualify from the group stages and have to settle for third place in the Champions League and a spot in the Europa League knockout rounds. But, with them knocked out of the Copa Del Rey and nine points adrift of Barcelona in La Liga, this title seems to be their only hope of getting their hands on silverware this season.
Considering this, the Atletis are the favourite ones to win the match thanks to their tactical style and effective attack, that way they will secure home advantage before the return leg in Portugal on April 12. The weekend saw Atletico Madrid beat Deportivo 1-0 at home to make it 12 wins in 14 competitive matches, a run which includes Europa League triumphs over Lokomotiv Moscow.
Atletico Madrid last games: Atletico Madrid – Deportivo (1 – 0); Villareal – Atletico Madrid (2 – 1); Lokomotiv Moscow – Atletico Madrid (1 – 5); Atletico Madrid – Celta de Vigo (3 – 0), Atletico Madrid – Lokomotiv Moscow (3 – 0)
Sporting CP always compete to win their domestic league, but they are almost always beaten by Benfica or Porto. It is an offensive squad, but they haven’t been in great form recently, they lost three of their last six games in all competitions, including a defeat to Braga on Saturday. In fact, away from home Sporting Lisbon have lost five of their last eight competitive games and failed to score in three of them. They will need to show a major improvement if they are to get anything out of their trip to Madrid on Thursday.
Sporting CP last games: Braga – Sporting CP (1 – 0); Sporting CP – Rio Ave (2 – 0); Viktoria Plzeň – Sporting CP (2- 1); Chaves – Sporting CP (1 – 2); Sporting CP – Viktoria Plzeň (2 – 0)
Atletico Madrid starts as favourite thanks to its compact and balanced style, which has allowed it to add good results in the Spanish league and in this competition. Therefore, it is expected that the team manages the times and attack at various times of the 90 minutes of play. Considering everything said and even when the Portuguese are competitive between the lines, we believe that Atletico Madrid can win by a matter of hierarchy individual and collective. This week, there are also other matches that are a great opportunity to make money, check the most trusted tipsters , and let’s start betting.