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The battle for European supremacy is all set to resume, as Manchester City hosts Atletico Madrid for a mid-week clash, in what will be the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals.
Manchester City starts this game as the favorite according to most football betting sites, but it has seen a slight dip in form in recent weeks. The club made its way into the quarterfinals by defeating Sporting CP with an aggregate score of 5-0. But all those goals were scored in the first leg, and the Citizens were held to a goalless draw in the second leg.
Even in the Premier League, Manchester City has dropped points in 2 of its last 4 games, and as a result, its lead over second-placed Liverpool has now been reduced to just 1 point. It did however manage to beat Southampton in the FA Cup quarterfinals by a convincing margin of 4-1and will be facing Liverpool in the semis later this month.
Atletico Madrid advanced to the quarterfinals by beating Manchester United by an aggregate score of 2-1, scoring once in both legs. The reigning Spanish champions have struggled this season, and are barely hanging on to their top-4 spot in La Liga by a margin of just 4 points. Talking about its recent performances, the fans will take solace from the fact that Atletico is undefeated in its last 7 games, and is on a 5 match winning streak in games across competitions.
Match prediction and football betting tips for Manchester City F. C. vs Atletico Madrid UEFA Champions League 2021-22. The match is going to be played at the City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, on 5th April 2022.
Both Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone have polar opposite styles of coaching. While one has mastered the art of attack, the other has shored up his team’s defenses. Both are known for their hands-on style of coaching, and the ability to adapt according to the evolving situation on the field.
The hosts will be missing out on Reuben Dias, and have an otherwise healthy squad to choose from. The visitors are likely to miss out on Hector Herrera, who is suffering from a hamstring injury, while Joao Felix is doubtful.
With both teams aiming to lift the coveted trophy for the first time ever, this promises to be an engaging encounter. However, we predict that it is the hosts who hold the advantage.
Bet on Manchester City to win.
Both the teams have pretty strong defenses and almost never give up easy goals. Their recent form has also been better at preventing goals even as they struggle to score freely themselves. While Manchester City has kept a clean sheet in 7 of its last 10 games, Atletico has not allowed the opposition to score in its last 2 games.
4 of the last 6 games involving Atletico had less than 2.5 goals, and the same has been the case with its opponents. It is, therefore, safe to predict that this will be a low-scoring match.