Atlético Madrid vs. Manchester City: Guardiola's Side Hold a Slender Advantage

April 11, 2022
Benson Chikezie

UEFA Champions League 2021/2022.
Playoffs: Quarterfinals, 2nd Leg.
Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid.

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The Wanda Metropolitano will play host to the UEFA Champions League quarter-final meeting between Atlético Madrid and Manchester City as the Spanish outfit aim to overturn a 1–0 deficit. The match is scheduled to kick off at 00:30 IST on the 14th of April, 2022, and is only the second meeting between these two teams.

City will take a slender lead to Madrid, as Atlético Madrid were accused of playing negative football after putting almost 11 men behind the ball on Tuesday night. Both teams know there is all to play for in Madrid, as a 1–0 lead is hardly sufficient to decide games like these, especially with the abolishment of the away goal rule.

Teams Status

Here is the latest form and team news from both sides:

Atlético Madrid Form and Team News

Atlético Madrid have slumped to two straight defeats for the first time since January, losing to Mallorca over the weekend after falling to Manchester City during the week. Simeone’s side had been otherwise solid before those two losses, winning 7 and drawing 1 out of 8 straight games.

In Europe, they swept past Manchester United in the Round of 16, winning 2–1 on aggregate, and they face yet another Manchester club on Thursday, albeit with a different style of play. Antoine Griezmann is their most lethal goalscorer with 4 goals and 2 assists.

Jose Maria Herera, Hector Herera, and Angel Correa are out with injuries and may not play a part against Manchester City.

Manchester City Form and Team News

Guardiola’s men face a showdown meeting with Liverpool on Sunday before traveling to Madrid to chase their first Champions League title. They have approached the business end of the season in fine form, with 7 wins, 2 draws, and 1 loss in their last 10 games.

City dispatched Sporting Lisbon 5–0 on aggregate in the Round of 16 and quickly took a foothold in the quarter-final tie, with a 1–0 lead against a defensive-minded Atlético Madrid. With players like Riyad Mahrez, who has 6 goals and 1 assist, they have a strong chance of progressing over their Spanish counterparts.

Ruben Dias and Cole Palmer are the only players sidelined with injuries for City, and they may not be part of the trip to Madrid.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

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As expected, Manchester City are favourites to win the second leg of their quarterfinal meeting with Atlético Madrid. City triumphed in the first leg even after struggling to break down a disciplined Atlético Madrid defense. On the sportsbook, the odds for an Atlético Madrid victory stand at 4.60, a draw is at 3.60, and a win for City is at 1.80.

On the Paripesa sportsbook, the odds for all three outcomes are 4.74, 3.74, and 1.858, respectively. The Parimatch sportsbook places City to win at 1.81 odds, a draw at 3.70 odds, and a home win at 4.70 odds.

Tipster’s Angle

Diego Simeone’s men approached the first leg looking for a draw but failed to achieve the intended result. They lost again against Mallorca in La Liga and may be short of confidence going up against a strong Manchester City side.

Manchester City face Liverpool this Sunday; before their trip to Atlético Madrid, they will be visibly stretched. Guardiola’s charges are searching for a maiden Champions League trophy, so we expect a tight contest on the night. Here are our tips for this fixture:

Tip: Manchester City to Win Either Half @ 1.47

City have shown their strength against top opposition, especially teams that sit back like Atlético Madrid. They will aim to solidify their hold on the tie with an early goal or a dominant display in either half. City to win either half is available on the Melbet sportsbook at 1.47 odds.

Tip: Over 1.5 Goals @ 1.31

The first leg ended in a 1–0 victory, a game where the Spanish side failed to muster up any real attacking threat. They will come out flying this time around, knowing that a draw will do them no good. City are not the team to sit back, so we expect an open encounter with chances in fair supply at both ends of the pitch. Over 1.5 goals is available on the Paripesa sportsbook at 1.31 odds.


Atlético Madrid will come up against Manchester City for just the second time in their history, and the game holds much importance to either side. City is chasing a maiden UCL title, while Atlético Madrid’s only realistic chance to win a trophy lies in the Champions League. We expect an entertaining night of Champions League football.

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