Round of 16
|Date & Time||Thursday March 8, 2018, 2:00 PM (EST)|
Atletico Madrid (1/4) Draw (11/2) Lokomotiv Moscow (18/1)
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Lokomotiv Moscow makes the trip to the Spanish capital where they will be taking on Atletico Madrid in the round of 16 first leg game in the Europa League. This game is important for both sides since winning will give a great chance of qualification to the quarterfinals.
Lokomotiv Moscow will know that if they don’t get smashed in this game, they have every chance of qualifying since Moscow is a hard place to visit for any Spanish side. As far as overall talent is concerned, Lokomotiv Moscow are not even close to Atletico Madrid. That being said, a defensive tactic has worked for teams against Atletico Madrid in the past and I am expecting the Russian side to play in a similar manner.
As far as Atletico Madrid are concerned, they will look to kill this tie at home. The Spanish side are much better than their opposition and they will want to leave nothing to chance for when they travel to Moscow. The home side is filled with great talent and they should win comfortably at home if they play well. The manager will want to do well in this tournament since the Europa League is the only trophy they have a real chance of winning following their loss of FC Barcelona on the weekend.
I think Atletico Madrid will win this game and I think that they will win it easily. As far as betting is concerned, I don’t think that we are getting a good enough price to place a bet on the home side to win. The best bet is the over 2.5 goals. I think that Atletico Madrid will score 3 goals on their own so this should be a safe bet.