Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid. Preview and Prediction. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats and more
Liverpool FC welcome Atletico Madrid to their home ground on Wednesday 3 November in the fourth round of the Champions League group stage. The Group B encounter at Anfield Stadium kicks off at 01:30 IST (4 Nov in India).
At the moment, Liverpool are at the top of Group B with maximum points, Atletico and Porto have four points each and AC Milan are still without a point. While the Merseysiders are almost guaranteed a play-off place, Madrid need to win to get closer to it.
Here, we’ve compiled all the information you need to know to help you get an idea of what the game will look like.
Liverpool News & Current Form:
Last year, Liverpool lost the league title – this was all caused by an injury crisis, compounded with the euphoria of their recent EPL success that threw the Reds off course. The start of the new league season has signalled their fiercest intentions in the battle for the title, and the results have already proved it.
After two successive big victories over Watford (5-0) and Manchester United (5-0), the Merseysiders dropped points to Brighton (2-2). It is worth noting that the Reds are unbeaten the whole season so far, with 22 points bringing them to second place in the standings.
Keita, Milner, Elliott, Kelleher and Fabinho, who has a knee injury, are unavailable today.
Atletico Madrid News & Current Form:
Last year, Atlético de Madrid finally claimed the long-awaited Spanish league title, which also brought them into the Champions League. In Europe’s top club competition, the Indians got off to a good start with a 0-0 home draw against Porto, followed by a 2-1 away win over AC Milan.
The third leg saw their first defeat of the season, an unexpected 2-3 home defeat to their upcoming opponents. Remarkably, Diego Simeone‘s lauded impenetrable defence seems to be coming apart this year.
After 11 games in the Spanish league, the Spaniards have six wins and four draws, which equates to 22 points and fourth position in the table. However, the gap to the leader is just three points, with one game to spare. After a 2-2 draw with Levante, the Red and Whites thrashed Betis 3-0 at home.
Lemar, Llorente, Savic, Šaponjić and Kondogbia will not be available today.
Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid Head-To-Head Record:
In total, the teams have officially played 9 matches.
Liverpool levelled with Atletico in the last match, and at Anfield there is a huge chance of taking the lead in the history of head-to-head encounters as well.
Liverpool last matches: D-W-W-W-W-D
Atletico Madrid last matches: W-W-L-D-D-W
Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid Predicted XI:
Liverpool possible starting lineup: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Jones, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Jota, Mane
Atletico Madrid possible starting lineup: Oblak; Felipe, Gimenez, Hermoso; Trippier, De Paul, Koke, Carrasco; Felix, Suarez, Correa
Statistical preview of the match Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid:
- Liverpool have scored at least 3 goals in their last 3 UCL matches – the Reds won all of them.
- 10 goals were scored in the last two games between the teams.
- In three of their last four matches, both sides managed to score.
- Liverpool have surprisingly been inconsistent at home this season with three wins and three draws in all competitions.
- Recently, the Mattresses suffer from defensive problems, conceding at least two goals in three of their previous four games.
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Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid Prediction:
All-conquering Liverpool unexpectedly drew at home to Brighton in the last round of the English Premier League. However, this should not put the Reds off their winning ways. Klopp’s side have been too potent this season. The 5-0 thrashing of Man Utd is nothing short of spectacular. Atletico are doing well in the Spanish league too, but the Champions League is still in limbo – a pale nil draw against Porto with the minimal victory over AC Milan followed by a defeat by Liverpool mean that the Spaniards will have big problems reaching the play-offs.
Liverpool want to solve this progression problem as quickly as possible for the sake of peace of mind. In addition, Atletico, like Simeone, have never beaten the Reds at Anfield, so the verdict is clear – the Merseysides to win and reach the Champions League last eight early.
Also, note how Liverpool were the first to score early in the first half against Brighton, Manchester United, Atletico and also Milan – remember how Liverpool took 11 shots on goal in the first 15 minutes that eventually led to a goal in that match. We expect this trend to continue in the upcoming encounter.
Parimatch News staff prediction:
We say: Liverpool to score in the First half and to Win the match.