RB Leipzig vs. Atletico Madrid 8/13/20 UEFA Champions League Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
8/13/20 3 pm
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RB Leipzig and Atletico Madrid are playing in the Champions League Quarterfinals at Jose Alvalade in Portugal.
Leipzig is a fantastic team with a lot of talented players, and even though they were kind of inconsistent in Bundesliga since the restart, Leipzig ended the season in third place with 66 points. The last competitive game for Leipzig was back in late June, and the friendly game they played against Wolfsburg 2 weeks ago ended in a 1-1 draw. Leipzig ended the group stage in the Champions League in first place with 11 points, while they knocked out Tottenham in the Round of 16 before the season was paused. Sabitzer, Werner, and Forsberg each scored 4 goals for Leipzig in the Champions League this season, while Sabitzer and Werner both added 2 assists. Poulsen and Konate are both injured, and none of them will play in this match. Sabitzer is in danger of being suspended if he concedes another yellow card. I like Leipzig, but most of the people in Germany don’t because they are one of only a few privately owned clubs, but to me, that is not important. Leipzig is a proper team with both head and tail, and they can beat anyone who comes in front of them. With a little bit of luck, Leipzig could end up playing in the finals of the Champions League.
Atletico Madrid has been fantastic after the restart, and they haven’t lost a game since late February, but they have been shaken earlier this week with news that two players from the team are positive to Covid-19, those players are Correa and Vrsaljko. In LaLiga, Atletico has ended the season in 3rd place with 70 points, same as Sevilla in 4th, but with better goal differential. We all know that Atletico isn’t an overly offensive team, and they have scored only 51 goals this season, but their defense on the other hand has been the second-best in LaLiga with only 27 conceded goals. Atletico Madrid won the second place in the Champions League group stage while knocking out last season’s champion Liverpool in the Round of 16. Vrsaljko and Correa are the only two players that will miss this match, while Lodi is in danger of being suspended because of the yellow cards. Morata is Atletico’s leading goalscorer in the Champions League with 3 goals, while Llorente and Felix both added 2 goals. Atletico is a defensive team, probably the best in the world, but Atletico’s coach is also a great tactician, and as the Champions League is being played on a 1-game knockout this season, this is the perfect opportunity for Atletico Madrid to win the title. They will certainly need some offense, but they have proven that they can score goals if needed.
Atletico is a slight favorite here, and they will wait for their opportunities on the counterattacks, but I wouldn’t write Leipzig off just yet. Leipzig can play fantastic soccer, and they have shown us that soccer numerous times in Bundesliga. With all of that being said, I think I will side with Leipzig in this one because they are the better offensive team.