Betting. Bayer Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid [21.02.17] : déjà vu in 2015

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Betting. Bayer Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid [21.02.17] :  déjà vu in 2015

Champions League

Round of 16, first leg

21.02.2017

Bet: Total Goals under 2,25

Despite some optimistic sports betting predictions, after the first 21 matches in the Bundesliga Bayer Leverkusen sit only on the 8th position – 7 points behind the top-4. After the turn of the year Roger Schmidt’s side got 3 wins along with 2 losses. In addition, they were not quite impressive in the Champions League. Leverkusen managed to get through the group stage, but they had only 2 victories and 4 draws. So the betting companies don’t believe Leverkusen have chances to progress further.

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Atletico Madrid are also far from meeting sports betting experts’ preseason expectations. Diego Simeone’s team are out of La Liga top-3. They also were eliminated from the Copa del Rey semi-final. However, Los Colchoneros managed to finish atop their quartet at the Champions League group stage. So they are considered to be a favorite of this Spanish-German clash on the betting markets.

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While choosing a bet you should take into account the fact that two years ago Leverkusen and Madrid have already met in the Champions League Round of 16. At that time Simeone’s side overcame their opponent in the penalty shoot-out after two reciprocal 1-0 wins. This time even with their inconsistency, Leverkusen can create some problems to the Spanish team, especially while playing at home. The betting experts remind that Bayer will miss Calhanoglu and Tah while Atletico will play without Tiago, Fernandez and Juanfran. Oblak and Godin are still doubts, but there is a chance for them to be fit.

The bookmakers are sure Atletico Madrid will get past Bayer Leverkusen: 1,28 against 3,67. However, they don’t name a clear favorite of the first leg: Bayer – 3,15. Draw – 3,25, Atletico – 2,45. As Leverkusen had 4 draws at the group stage, they may well hold Atletico to a draw at home, so it’s worth backing the draw here. Besides, you can bet on the “Total Goals under 2,25” (1,73). If you believe in the Spanish Team there is a good bet “Madrid or Draw and Total Goals under 3,5” (1,66).