The best football games often involve a clash of styles from two teams that are the best at what they do.
One example of this is when Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona side faced Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan team at the Camp Nou in 2010.
Another example was last week’s first leg fixture where Manchester City failed to break down Atlético Madrid’s low block until Phil Foden came on.
Tonight, the Wanda Metropolitano will host Manchester City in a game that will likely flip that clash of styles on its head.
A goal down to the one football club best equipped in world football to punish any leaks at the back, Atlético Madrid face a unique quandary. Push forward early and try to equalize and leave themselves vulnerable to City’s probing attacks? Or defend the same way they did in the first leg and hope City shoot themselves in the foot again?
Read on below for our match preview where we dissect how the game is likely to go!
Atlético Madrid Vs Manchester City Head-to-Head
The sample size for this fixture is very small. Both sides have met each other just once, with Manchester City winning 1-0.
After Sunday’s blockbuster against Liverpool, Manchester City are still in 1st place in the English Premier League.
Atlético’s loss to RCD Mallorca means they’ve now tumbled to 4th place in the Spanish La Liga with 57 points from 31 games.
Last week, Atlético Madrid came into their game against City with five consecutive wins in all competitions. A week later, it’s a different story as they’ve now lost twice in quick succession. (Form: L-L-W-W-W)
Manchester City’s form has been good over that same period with two draws and three wins. (Form: D-W-W-W-D)
Atlético Madrid Vs Manchester City Team News
Jose Giménez missed the first leg and looks set to miss the second leg as well. The Uruguayan defender faces a late fitness test to assess his readiness for the game. His Manager, Diego Simeone, will be hoping he makes it back in time for the game.
Hector Herrera also missed the last game and is a doubt for this game. Winger/wing-back, Yannick Carrasco is now back from his suspension and will likely start at left wing-back as usual.
Expected Atlético Madrid lineup: Jan Oblak, Felipe, Stefan Savić, Y.Carrasco, Mandava, Koke, Rodrigo De Paul, Marcos Llorente, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Antoine Griezmann, João Félix.
Ruben Dias is still out for Manchester City and will be replaced by John Stones in the Manchester City squad. There are no other notable absences in the City squad, which will be a relief for Manager, Pep Guardiola.
Expected Manchester City Lineup: Ederson, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, João Cancelo, Fernandinho, Bernardo Silva, Kevin de Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish.
Atlético Madrid Vs Manchester City Prediction
Atlético Madrid’s need to attack will play perfectly into Manchester City’s hands and make this a high-scoring game.
Our favorite for winning this match is Manchester City.
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