Liverpool FC vs Atletico Madrid

Liverpool Odds Against Atletico Madrid

The UEFA Champions League returns this week with several high-profile matchups. One of those is the reigning European champions Liverpool looking to overcome a 1-0 deficit at home against Atletico Madrid.

Liverpool lost their unbeaten streak in the Premier League after an embarrassing 3-0 defeat and crashed out of the FA Cup with a 2-0 loss to Chelsea. The loss in Madrid was the beginning of Liverpool’s three-match losing where they failed to score in each of those games.

It isn’t the first time Liverpool have had to come back from behind in a European tie, just re-watch their 4-0 win over Barcelona last year where Liverpool pretty much completed one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the Champions League.

However, in Atletico, you have a different animal. No team plays like Atletico Madrid in Europe, a rigid, disciplined approach that’s been core to their identity since the arrival of manager Diego Simeone since 2011. Under Simeone, Atletico has never lost a European home tie and they continued that streak with their 1-0 win over Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Liverpool returned to winning ways at the right time, with a 2-1 win over Bournemouth in the league where three more wins are needed for Liverpool to clinch their first-ever Premier League title. It wasn’t a comfortable win by a long shot with Bournemouth unlucky to equalize at 90 minutes after Callum Wilson missed a guilt edge chance.

How the Liverpool Odds Stack Up Against a European Powerhouse

While they may not be in the best of form, a European tie at Anfield will always be a daunting task for any opposition, including Atletico who are unbeaten in their last three league games since beating Liverpool. 

They now sit in fifth in La Liga, one point behind fourth-placed Getafe and two behind third-placed Sevilla. Their 3-1 win over Villarreal marked the return of their most expensive signing Joao Felix, who netted on his return. 

Atletico can’t rest on their laurels when they head to Anfield next Wednesday since they were in a similar position last year. 

Atletico beat Juventus 2-0 at home in the round of 16 last year before being beaten 3-0 in Turin via a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick that eliminated Atletico from the competition. 

Sportsbooks odds on Liverpool qualifying for the quarter-finals opens at +105, making them underdogs. Odds on Atletico making the quarter-finals opens at -143, according to sportsbooks. Odds on the game heading to extra-time opens at +1400. 

Can Liverpool do the Double? 

The Premier League is effectively done. After Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Bournemouth, the league leaders need just three wins to clinch their first Premier League title and will do so in astonishing fashion. 

Their priorities turn towards the UEFA Champions League this week where they stand 1-0 down in the second leg of their knockout stages tie against Atletico Madrid. 

Liverpool has made it to back to back Champions League finals, winning one of them and can be the first team since Real Madrid to make it to three consecutive Champions League finals. 

Liverpool are fully fit and a European tie at Anfield is a special one and the Reds will be looking to create another special night under the floodlights.