Atletico Madrid vs. Porto Prediction, Tips and Odds – Sep. 07, 2022, 21:00 CET
On Wednesday, eight matches of the first round of the Champions League will be played in groups A, B, C and D. The players of Atletico Madrid welcome Porto in the first match, and the start of the match at the Metropolitano stadium is scheduled at 21:00.
It is interesting that these two teams played in the same group last year as well. Madrid secured passage to the next stage by winning in Portugal in the last round with goals from Correa in the 90th minute and De Paula in the 92nd minute.
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Diego Simeone’s chosen ones are oscillating at the beginning of the new competitive year. In the first four matches of LaLiga, they won only seven points and have evident problems with efficiency. They scored only five goals, despite still having a very high-quality attack.
Although they had a weak start in the domestic championship, the players of Atlético have a lot of experience playing in the elite European competition. In the last three seasons, they reached the quarterfinals twice, and the core of the team is the same this season as well.
Coach Diego Simeone has problems with injuries. Felipe, Stefan Savić and Sergio Reguilon will not play against Porto, while Matheus Cunha, Thomas Lemar and Jan Oblak are questionable. Despite these absences, the Argentinian coach has a very strong roster at his disposal.
Porto players are currently in third place in the Portuguese championship and their form is still not at the current level. The previous weekend they beat Gil Vicente 2-0, they didn’t give up too much in that match, so they travel to the Spanish capital prepared.
Porto has several players who excellently opened the new season. Experienced striker Mehdi Taremi stood out the most, he has already scored three goals and recorded one assist in the Portuguese championship, so he is the biggest threat to the opponent’s defensive line.
Coach Sergio Conceicao will not be able to count on Marko Grujić and Wilson Manafa in this clash.
As we already mentioned, these two teams met in the group stage of the Champions League last season. There was no winner in Madrid 0-0, while Atletico won 3-1 in Portugal.
Atletico Madrid (3-5-2): Grbić; Reinildo, Witsel, Gimenez; Carrasco, Lemar, Koke, Llorente, Molina; Felix, Morata
Porto (4-3-1-2): Costa; Sanusi, Marcano, Pepe, Mario; Costa, Uribe, Otavio; Pepe; Taremi, Evanilson
07.09.2022. 21:00 CET
Pick: Atletico Madrid To Win
Although the players of Atletico Madrid started the new season more slowly, we still believe in the great experience and quality of their players. That’s why we think they are the favorites in this clash and will get three points.