Diego Simeone could anticipate a tough test when his team host Champions League debutants Leicester City for the first leg of quarter finals on Wednesday night.
Atletico Madrid had an easy outing against Bayer Leverkusen in the round of 16. The match was decided in the first leg in Germany with a 4-2 win which was finished off with some neat defensive work in the 0-0 draw back home.
The Rojiblancos are unbeaten in their last 8 matches in all competitions with their last defeat dating back to February 2017 at home against Barcelona. The run includes 5 wins and 3 draws and five clean-sheets.
Meanwhile, Leicester City’s Champions League form has been totally opposite to their domestic form. They qualified as group winners surpassing Porto and Kobenhavn to book the round of 16 clash with La Liga outfit Sevilla. They lost the first leg at Seville by a 2-1 margin before turning the tables with a dominant 2-0 win at the King Power stadium.
The Foxes are in blistering form since under their new manager Craig Shakespeare. They notched up six straight wins before losing 4-2 at Everton on Saturday. It will be worth to note down that the Foxes scored at least 2 goals in the 7 matches during post-Ranieri era.
Atletico Madrid vs Leicester: Head-to-head
This is not the first time that these two teams are meeting in a UEFA competitions. They had already met twice and Atletico won both teams by winning 3 of the 4 matches. While Leicester managed a draw at home in their first ever meeting in 1961.
Madrid’s overall record against English Premier League clubs is 9W-9D-5L from 23 matches. At home, they are unbeaten in 10 matches with 5 wins and 5 draws.
Leicester’s only other Spanish League opponent other than Atletico is Sevilla, whom they met in the round of 16 of the current campaign. They lost in all three previous visits to Spain.
Atletico Madrid vs Leicester: Prediction
Atletico Madrid are huge favourites on paper, but this will be a tough test for them. Leicester are playing some fearless football at the moment and look in good scoring form. Especially, Jamie Vardy is the man to back here after scoring 6 goals in his last 8 appearance for the club. It is almost certain that the Foxes will net here. While Madrid could edge a win here, but not by more than a 1 goal margin.
Source: Oscar Suarez