UEFA Champions League: Atletico Madrid vs Bayern Munich preview

A rematch of last season's Champions League semi-final will take place on Wednesday at Vicente Calderon as Atletico Madrid host Bayern Munich. Last season Atletico Madrid upset the odds by overcoming Bayern to reach the Champions League final, a 1-0 victory in Spain was followed by a 2-1 win for Bayern and Atletico pulled through on away goals. It will be a clash between Atletico's formidable defence with just two goals conceded this season and Bayern's overwhelming attack with 20 goals scored in the last six competitive matches.

Atletico are still unbeaten after seven matches in all competitions this season. It's true that they had a slow start in the Primera Liga with two consecutive draws, but then they secured four wins in all competitions and a creditable 1-1 draw at Camp Nou against Barcelona. Their Champions League campaign started with a 1-0 success at PSV Eindhoven, while last weekend they squeezed past Deportivo La Coruna 1-0. Moya, Alessio Cerci, Tiago, Augusto Fernandez and Gimenez are injured.

Bayern Munich had a perfect start to the season, eight wins out of eight games in all competitions. Last weekend they only managed a 1-0 victory at Hamburg, their first win of the season with a difference of less than two goals. They kicked off the Champions League campaign with a 5-0 thumping of Russian side FK Rostov. Mats Hummels picked up an injury during the Hamburg match and head coach Carlo Ancelotti will most likely choose not to risk him, while Holger Badstuber and Douglas Costa are injured as well.

Probable line-ups:

Atletico: Oblak - Juanfran, Savic, Godin, Luis - Gaitan, Gabi, Koke, Niguez - Gameiro, Griezmann

Bayern: Neuer - Lahm, Martinez, Boateng, Alaba - Kimmich, Alonso, Vidal - Muller, Lewandowski, Ribery

My prediction: 1-1 draw.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Atletico win - 3.00
Draw - 3.20
Bayern win - 2.63

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Members Comments

  • Bulgaria sharpe


    It was one another success for Atletico against Bayern after last year semifinal like Johnny mentioned in his preview.
    Diego Simeone really continues to create a miracles with his team and I wonder why he's still in this club?
    Does really the European grands don't see his manager's talent? And there are so many great teams in Europe struggling to find the right manager at the moment appointing ex greats like Mourinho for example ; P

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