Betting Tip: Atletico Madrid vs Sporting Lisbon
Former Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid take on Sporting Lisbon in the quarter final of the Europa League on Thursday evening, with the Spanish side looking to take advantage of their home advantage by registering a first leg victory. However, with their opponents having performed well in Europe so far this season, it promises to be a tight affair in the Spanish capital.
Europa League – Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid – Thursday 5th April – 20:05 UK Time
Atletico Madrid vs Sporting Lisbon Match Preview
Having both failed to make it out of the group stage of this seasons Champions League, both Atletico Madrid and Sporting will be hoping to make amends in their Europa League campaigns. Having been one of European footballs biggest names in recent years, it is undoubtedly Atletico who are the favourites for victory on Thursday evening, however Sporting have demonstrated that they are a match for most teams so far this season. For those still unsure of who to back ahead of kick-off, be sure to check out our top betting tip below. However, let’s first take a closer look at the two teams, starting with the home side.
Atletico Madrid LisbonTeam News & Form
Atletico come into the tie off the back of a narrow victory over Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga, with Diego Simeone’s side remaining in second position in the standings. The likes of Diego Costa and Saul Niguez help to make the hosts a hugely difficult team to beat, however French attacker Antoine Griezmann is set to miss out through injury. Atletico defeated Lokomotiv Moscow 8-1 on aggregate in order to reach this stage of the competition.
Sporting Lisbon Team News & Form
Sporting come into the match off the back of a disappointing defeat away at rivals Braga in the Portuguese top-flight, with manager Jorge Jesus undoubtedly looking for a big response from his team. Dutch striker Das Bost is likely to offer a significant goalscoring threat for the visitors, while the likes of Gelson Martins and Marcos Acuna will look to provide creativity in midfield. The Portuguese side made this stage of the competition despite losing to Plzen in the second leg of their Round of 16 tie.
Atletico Madrid vs Sporting Lisbon Head to Head
The two teams have met just twice in the past, with both matches ending in draws. The two encounters came back in 2010, with Atletico qualifying for the quarter finals of the Europa League after recording a 2-2 draw in Portugal, having played out a goalless draw in the home leg. However, with the duo having not met for eight years, few conclusions can be made in terms of their head-to-head record.
Atletico Madrid vs Sporting Lisbon Betting Odds and Predictions
Given their home status and their performances so far this season, it comes as little surprise that it is Atletico Madrid who are the firm favourites for victory this week. The home side can be backed for victory at best odds of 3/10 with bookmaker William Hill, while those looking to bet on a surprise success for Sporting can get a price of 10/1 on the same platform. Meanwhile, a draw between the two is available at odds of 4/1 with Paddy Power.
Top Atletico Madrid vs Sporting Lisbon Betting Tip
However, our top betting tip for the match is to bet there being under 2.5 goals during the 90 minutes this week, with odds of 19/20 available at William Hill.