Recent History Points To Cards Galore During Atletico v Bayer

Atletico Madrid take a 4-2 lead into the second leg of their Champions League last-sixteen tie with Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday night and the Spanish side are expected to enjoy the better of another spicy affair at the Vicente Calderon....

  • Atletico are unbeaten in 7 home games against German teams - Won 6, Drawn 1
  • There has been an average of 9 cards per game in the last three meetings between Atletico and Bayer (26 yellow cards and one red card in total)

Wednesday 15th March - 7.45pm OddsWon/LostBet
Atletico Madrid v Bayer Leverkusen    
Tips Over 55 bookings points    Best Bet @ 13 / 8  

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The Story So Far

The first leg in Germany went against the grain as both teams produced some quite abysmal defending at the Bay Arena but it is Atletico who are now firm favourites to qualify, having previously knocked Bayer out on penalties during the 2014/2015 Champions League campaign.

Twice runners up in the past three years, Atletico are a formidable proposition in Europe and their exceptional home record ensures they are worthy 4/6 favourites (Sky Bet) for Wednesday.

Diego Simeone's men have won 28 of their past 33 European games at home (drawn three, lost two) and they have won the last eight in a row, conceding just one goal - Atletico are 2/1 to win to nil (Bet Victor).
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Goal Markets

Atletico, who are without the suspended Filipe Luis and Gabi, haven't been quite so strong defensively this year though and Bayer can take heart from the fact that they have scored in 15 of their 16 away games this season, with both teams scoring in 13 of those.

Both teams to score can be backed at 4/5 (Paddy Power) and it seems certain that Atletico will score at least one against the out-of-sorts German outfit.

Bayer have conceded thirteen goals during a four-match winless run and they have a new manager at the helm as Tayfun Korkut is in charge after Roger Schmidt was sacked on 5th March.

Head-To-Head

Korkut faces a tough task in trying to turn this tie around and he could oversee a highly-charged affair as the last three Atletico Madrid v Bayer Leverkusen matches have witnessed an eye-watering 26 yellow cards and one red card (nine cards per game on average).

Over 55 bookings points is a stand-out bet for Wednesday (13/8 with Sky Bet) and Russian referee, Sergey Karasev, who has brandished 25 yellows and three reds in his past seven matches, could be in for a busy night.

Ultimately, Atletico's greater quality should count for plenty and they can hit Bayer on the break, with the pace of Antoine Griezmann likely to prove devastating. Griezmann has scored six goals in his last seven outings, as well as four in four Champions League games, and he is 7/2 to be first goalscorer (Bet Victor).
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Posted: Tuesday, 14th March 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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