Atletico Madrid host this Wednesday, November 22, at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in the Spanish capital. The match is part of the fifth (penultimate) round of the UEFA Champions League group stage. The kickoff is scheduled for 17:45.
The Italians are leaders of the C-key with eight points. The second position is in the hands of Chelsea, with seven. Without a win, the Spanish team are in third place with three points. The flashlight is in the hands of Qarabag, Azerbaijan, with two points.
The recent performance of Atletico Madrid
Atletico de Madrid does not just depend on their results to get the classification. In addition to winning both games, which would allow them to reach nine points, they will still need to hope Chelsea or Roma lose points for Qarabag. This Wednesday, the English visit the team of Azerbaijan.
It is a difficult situation and indicates to the Spaniards that the greatest possibility is even the fight for third place, which would give the team the opportunity to play in the Europa League in the second half of the season.
The hopes are further reduced when the recent Atletico Madrid campaign is analyzed. The team has been undefeated for nine games. However, he won only two of those games. The other seven finished tied.
Included in this list is the scoreless equality of Saturday, November 18, against Real Madrid. The duel paid for the Spanish Championship and kept Atlético in fourth place. The club had 24 points (six wins and six draws). The score is the same as its rival of the capital, but Real takes advantage in the tiebreaker criteria. The difference compared to Barcelona, leader, rose to ten points.
For the confrontation of this Wednesday, coach Diego Simeone should promote the return of Brazilian Felipe Luís on the left-back. The player, recovered from a muscle injury, was on the bench against Real. In a confrontation where the degree of rivalry is lowest, it will probably be listed as the starter.
The current form of Rome
The Italian team does not defend the same unbeaten record of Atletico, however, they have a much better campaign in the last nine rounds. It was seven wins, a draw and a loss in the period.
The most recent success has had even greater significance. On Saturday, the team also had the local classic as a commitment and took the best in the duel against Lazio with a 2-1 victory.
The sixth win followed (one by the Champions League and five by the Italian Serie A) led the Romans to fourth place in the Italian Championship with 30 points (ten wins and two losses). They are five fewer in comparison with Napoli, leader, but Roma has one more match to be held once the commitment against Sampdoria has been postponed due to bad weather.
To be sure, the team seems to have solved a problem that was constant the previous season: the great number of goals conceded. With eight goals, Roma have the least leaked defense of the Italian Championship.
A point that must be placed in the account of coach Eusebio di Francesco. That cost the loss of offensive potential. Owner of an attack that had average close to three goals per game, Roma scored 23 goals in 12 games. However, the balance has produced good results.
In the Champions League, the Romans need just one point from Wednesday’s match to ensure they qualify with a one-day lead. If they lose, a home win against Qarabag on Matchday 6 will secure their place regardless of their rivals’ results.
In front of Atletico, the coach will have at his disposal the main players. The defenders are Rick Karsdorp (a match in the 2017/2018 Italian League season, no goal) and striker Patrik Schick (a game without a goal).
History of the bouts between Atlético de Madrid and Roma
The goalless draw in the Italian capital in the first round marked the first encounter between the teams in continental tournaments.
Roma have no reason to take a chance. He must stand defensively leaving the initiative to seek the attack for the owners of the house and, if he has a chance, will explore the loopholes left in the defense.
The low offensive power of Atletico has caused the team to collect a series of failures in situations like this and indicates equality as the best betting option. Has a price of 3.50 in Bet365. Victory of the constituents yields 1.95 and of the visitors pays 4.33.