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As the knockout stages of the Champions League 2021-22 enters their second week, Manchester United will travel to Spain, to take on Atletico Madrid in first of the two legs in the round of 16.
Manchester United, which is not in the best of forms this season, has managed to finish on the top of the table in Group F during the group stages of the Champions League. After suffering a shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of Young Boys in the first game, Manchester United went on to collect 3 wins and 2 draws from the next 5 games to finish ahead of Villarreal.
The club, barring a humiliating 7-8 loss by the way of penalties in the FA Cup to Middlesbrough, has put up pretty consistent performances of late. In the last outing, the Red Devils scored an easy 2-0 win over Brighton at home in the Premier League, and have now entered the top 4, albeit with a 1 point lead.
Atletico Madrid, who are the reigning Spanish Champions, have not been in the best of forms. During the group stages of the Champions League, it finished second in Group B. The team lost 3 games and managed to win just two, barely scraping through with a two-point lead. In La Liga, Atletico is trailing its neighbors Real Madrid, who are at the top, by a good 13 points, with no realistic hope of repeating last season’s performance.
They have also crashed out of the Supercopa de Espana and Copa del Rey. Atletico has lost 1-0 to Levante in its most recent outing, suffering a second loss in its last 3 games.
Match prediction and betting tips for Atletico Madrid vs Manchester United F. C. UEFA Champions League 2021-22. The match is going to be played at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, on 23rd February 2022.
Both the opponents are not in their best of forms and are fighting hard to turn a corner. The season has been particularly difficult for Manchester United, which had hoped for a stellar show after bringing in Cristiano Ronaldo. While Ralf Rangnick has instilled some confidence within the team, a lot of work still remains to be done. The visitors will be playing without Raphael Varane, Eric Bailly, Edinson Cavani, and Nemanja Matic, and are likely to go ahead with a 1-3-4-2 formation.
The hosts could be playing without Daniel Wass, Antoine Griezmann, and Carrasco, with a 2-4-4 formation.
Both the teams have pretty strong offenses, and both are likely to hit the net at least once during the course of the game. However, playing at home, we expect Atletico to gain an early advantage in the first leg.
Bet on Atletico Madrid to win.
Manchester United has conceded goals in four out of its previous five matches while Atletico Madrid has conceded goals in three out of its previous five. Both teams have also managed to score in four out of their previous five matches each. We think there are enough defensive errors likely from both sides that we could see at least one goal each from both ends.