Lokomotiv Moscow v Atletico Madrid Betting Preview | 15th March

Lokomotiv Moscow v Atletico Madrid Betting Preview 15th March

In our Lokomotiv Moscow v Atletico Madrid betting preview we look at team news, potential line-ups, stats & facts, head-to-head, popular bets and more for Thursday’s Europa League 2nd leg.

Lokomotiv Moscow v Atletico Madrid Betting Preview

Date: 15/03/2018

Time: 16:00

Venue: RZD Arena

Channel: BT Sport 2

After a much deserved 3-0 win in the first leg, Atleti will be looking to secure passage to the Europa League quarter finals with the minimal of fuss. Dogged and determined performances have become somewhat of a trademark under Diego Simeone, and it is difficult to see this being any different. Injuries to important players, as well as the sales of Nicolas Gaitan and Yannick Carrasco to Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang, has removed any selection headaches for the Argentine. With a big away game versus top 6 hopefuls Villarreal on Sunday, it is likely that Simeone will opt for a pragmatic approach to conserve energy and limit the possibility of injuries.

After a poor showing at the Wanda Metropolitan, Yuri Semin will be looking for a reaction from his side. A positive result at FC Ural on Monday may provide the blueprint for the Russian’s coming into this Thursday’s decider. A deviation away from the five at the back that was utilised in the first leg will be welcomed by supporters, allowing twin brothers Aleksei and Anton Miranchuk to play in more advanced areas.

Despite a much improved result in the Russian Premier League, it is difficult to see how Semin’s men will go about scoring – never mind overturning the deficit – against the combative Madrilenos. There seems to be value in lower scoring markets, as well as a Draw at Half Time with Atletico taking the tie late on.

Team News

Atletico come into the second leg with injuries to Oblak, Gameiro, Savic and Costa. Whilst Lokomotiv will attempt to overturn the three goal deficit with the help of Farfan, Ignatjev, Guilherme and Ari.

Potential Lokomotiv Moscow Starting XI: Kochenkov, Rybus, Kverkvelia, Corluka, Lysov, Denisov, Kolomejtsev, Fernandes, Al. Miranchuk, An. Miranchuk, Eder.

Potential Atletico Madrid Starting XI: Werner, Juanfran, Giminez, Godin, Luis, Koke, Thomas, Saul, Vitolo, Griezmann, Torres.

Head To Head

  • Athletico’s 3-0 win last time out was the first competitive meeting between the two clubs.

Stats & Facts

  • Lokomotiv Moscow have won 4 of their last 5 Europa League games.
  • Atletico Madrid have scored first in 6 out of their last 7 games.

Betting Odds

  • Lokomotiv Moscow 31/10
  • Draw 123/50
  • Atletico Madrid 107/100

Popular Bets

  • Atletico to score first 3/4
  • Under 2.5 goals 69/100
  • Atletico to win 1-0 28/5

Josh’s Picks

  • Atletico to win to nil 11/5
  • Draw HT/Atletico FT 43/10