UEFA Champions League 2021-22: Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool. Preview and Prediction. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats and more

Atletico Madrid, Liverpool
The team from Liverpool are now on a good run and are flying to Europe to claim another victory, but what have the Spaniards prepared for them?

Atletico Madrid will host Liverpool FC in the 3rd round of the Champions League group stage. The match will take place on October 19 in Madrid, beginning at 00:30 IST (Oct 20). 

Club football is back after the international break, the domestic championship matches have already been played this weekend – next up is the Champions League. Atletico Madrid and Liverpool are set to clash at the formidable Wanda Metropolitano. The opponents are considered the main contenders to advance from the group, with Porto and Milan struggling to compete.

Atletico have picked up four points in the first two rounds – a draw against Porto and a win over AC Milan. Liverpool have six points thanks to victories over the Portuguese and Italians.

Here, we’ve compiled all the information you need to know to help you get an idea of what the game will look like.

Atletico Madrid News & Current Form:

In their 8 previous campaigns in the group stage of the Champions League, Atletico have failed to reach the tournament’s play-offs only once. Over the last three seasons, however, Madrid have finished second in their quartet.

In the Champions League, Simeone’s side play rather defensive low-scoring football: in the first leg, the Spaniards drew at home to Porto (0-0) in mid-September, and in the second leg, they beat AC Milan (2-1), netting twice in the final minutes.

In the latest La Liga encounter, Atlético de Madrid beat Barcelona 2-0 at home on 2 October, and the last tour match against Granada had to be postponed due to the national team games in South America.

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Atletico are quite do not produce much in attack, but, as always, they play smart defensively (7 conceded goals in all competitions).

It is worth noting that striker Luis Suárez is now in top form. The Uruguayan scored four goals in the last four games.

In the upcoming match against Liverpool, the hosts will play without centre-back Stefan Savić and forward Matheus Cunha.

Liverpool News & Current Form:

Liverpool FC remain the main contenders to win in the UCL group quartet. The English club have finished at the top of the group in three of the previous four seasons.

The Merseysiders started with a 3-2 home win over AC Milan and then crushed Porto 5-1 away in the second leg.

In their last Premier League games, Jurgen Klopp’s side shared the points at home with Man City (2-2), while the away game against Watford (0-5) was not allowed to be rescheduled (unlike the case of the opponents), so it was played without Alisson and Fabinho, who went straight to Madrid.

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After 8 rounds of the EPL, the Reds are second in the table with 18 points, one point behind Chelsea. The goal difference is 22-6, with Salah, who is in superb form, having 7 goals to his credit, followed by Sadio Mane with 5. Harvey Elliott is unavailable for the game, with John and Tiago in doubt.

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool Head-To-Head Record: 

In total, the teams have played officially 8 matches.

Atletico MadridDrawLiverpool

In 2020, the teams met in the 1/8 finals of the Champions League. Atlético won at home 1-0 and achieved a 3-2 away victory in extra time.

Atletico Madrid last matches: D-D-W-L-W-W

Liverpool last matches: W-W-D-W-D-W

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool Predicted XI: 

Atletico Madrid Predicted XI (3-5-2): Jan Oblak; Mario Hermoso, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Felipe; Kieran Trippier, Yannick Carrasco, Rodrigo De Paul, Koke, Thomas Lemar; Joao Felix, Luis Suarez

Liverpool Predicted XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Andrew Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Trent Alexander-Arnold; Fabinho, James Milner, Jordan Henderson; Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah

Statistical preview of the match Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool:

  • Liverpool have not lost a single match this season.
  • Liverpool have scored at least 2 goals in their last 6 matches.
  • Atletico have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 5 matches against Liverpool in all competitions.

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Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool Prediction: 

Atletico are having trouble producing goals. It is not a certainty that the English club’s defence will be cracked. Also, the Spaniards are good at defending, but it is not enough to be good at defending against a side like Liverpool to win. The Merseysiders have scored at least two goals in eight games in all competitions. Mohamed Salah is one of the best forwards right now – you can be sure he will have his chances. Moreover, the Reds are unbeaten this season so far. It will be difficult for Diego Simeone this time, even at home. 

The Egyptian celebrates his goal against Watford

The Egyptian celebrates his goal against Watford

However, given the results of the 1/8 finals of 2019-20 campaign, the head coach seems to know how to cope with Jurgen Klopp`s boys as well as the Spaniards have had more time to rest and prepare before the match. Also, their main attacking force, in-form Luis Suárez, managed to score 4 games in a row, now he is posing a serious threat.

Liverpool will therefore face decent resistance that could result in a draw.

Parimatch News staff prediction: 

We say: Liverpool or draw and both teams to score.