Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid travel to the Russian Capital to face off against Lokomotiv Moscow in the second leg of their Europa League round of 16 match.
Atletico Madrid hold a huge advantage going into the match having already won the first leg 3-0 at home.
The two clubs are sitting pretty comfortable in their respective leagues. Lokomotiv stay eight points clear at the top of the table while Atletico Madrid look likely to seal second place in La Liga.
The Russian league, in recent years, has been dominated by Zenit, CSKA and Spartak Moscow but this year, Lokomotiv are on the verge of breaking the monopoly. This will guarantee them Champions League football next season.
The team from Moscow won convincingly in their previous league match against Ural with a 2-0 score-sheet. The club’s leading goal scorer Manuel Fernandez but the game to bed, slotting home a penalty to make it 2-0.
No team in the top five European leagues have conceded fewer goals than the mighty Atletico Madrid. After being dumped out of the Champions League in the group stages, Atleti are gunning to salvage their European pride by lifting the Europa League.
The Spanish league might be out of their hands, but they are putting up a fight, beating Celta Vigo 3-0 at the Metropolitano. Antoine Griezmann is the man in-form for Los Colchoneros finding the net eight times in his last four matches.
Head To Head
Prior to the first leg, the two clubs had met only once back in 2007. The match was a thriller and ended with six goals shared between the two teams.
Players To Watch
The midfielder has been prolific in-front of goal scoring six in the league and six in the Europa league as well.
In-form Griezmann didn’t get himself on the score-sheet in Madrid but will be looking to perform at his best to seal a quarter-final spot for Los Colchoneros.
Stefan Savic is the only player who will not be available for the match because of a hamstring injury.
Jefferson Farfan is a huge loss for the side as he has missed four games for the club due to a hip injury. Vladislav Ignatjev, Guilherme, and Ari are also doubtful for the match.
Lokomotiv Moscow vs Atletico Lineups
Lokomotiv Moscow Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Ignatiev (RB) – Pejcinovic – (CB) – Kverkveliya (CB) – Denisov (LB)
Kolomeytsev (RDM) – Denisov (LDM),
Aleksei Miranchuk (RM) – Anton Miranchuk (CM) – Fernandes (LW)
Atletico Madrid Lineup (4-4-2)
Juanfran (LB) – Gimenez (CB) – Godin (CB) – Filipe Luis (RB)
Koke (LM) – Thomas (CM) – Saul (CM) – Correa (RM)
Lokomotiv Moscow vs Atletico Madrid Prediction
With a solid first-leg advantage and smooth sailing in the league, Atletico Madrid will feel confident ahead of the match. The favorites will still put forward a strong set of players just to make sure there is no slip-up.
Lokomotiv will have to give it their all even if they have the home advantage. Atleti are a strong defensive squad managed by a world class manager, and Lokomotiv will need the likes of Fernandez, Miranchuk, and Eder to break the defensive prowess of the visitors.
Our Prediction: Lokomotiv 1-1 Atletico Madrid