Leipzig clash with Atletico Madrid in this heavyweight European tie for a place in the Champions League Semi Finals. Ryan Fitzgerald-Nolan tips this game, having landed all tips in his last two Europa League previews.
Who is playing?
RB Leipzig vs Atletico de Madrid
What competition are RB Leipzig and Atletico Madrid playing in?
UEFA Champions League Quarter Final
What time is kick off between RB Leipzig and Atletico Madrid?
20:00 GMT on Thursday 13th August 2020
Which stadium is hosting RB Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid?
Estadio Jose Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal
What channel is Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid on?
BT Sport 1
RB Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid Summary
With either side eighth and fifth respective tournament favourites, both will fancy their chances on Thursday before facing the cream of European football. Neither the Germans nor Spaniards are unfamiliar with scalps. Both sides progressed via eliminating both of last year’s finalists (Leipzig vs Spurs, Atletico vs Liverpool).
The contrast in footballing philosophies will make for scintillating viewing, with Diego Simeone’s defend-at-all-costs tactics holding off Leipzig’s quick passing and pace in behind the lines. It will weaken the latter after Timo Werner’s departure for Chelsea.
Simeone’s selection headaches instead fall elsewhere on the pitch after two players tested positive for Coronavirus. The winners of the tie, where both teams finished third best in their divisions, will play one of Atalanta or Paris Saint Germain.
RB Leipzig Team News and Form
Leipzig’s charge to the helm of German football was halted effectively after Bayern’s inspired appointment of Hansi Flick as head coach, falling away from the title race not long after the festive period.
Julian Nagelsmann is one to buck the trend, however, as one of Europe’s most promising coaches, he has guided the Saxony side to their best finish in Europe already. In what has only been their second Champions League campaign, a win percentage of 63% and a top of the group finish will garner the attention of all remaining clubs in the competition.
The aforementioned absence of former star striker Timo Werner, who chose not to take part in the rest of Leipzig’s push for silverware, delivered a parting blow to the club and fanbase in doing so. Striker Yussuf Poulsen will look to be in contention, but Ibrahima Konate will miss out with a recurring hip issue, in a side that has not played since June 27.
Atletico Madrid Team News and Form
Confidence, and maybe even ‘Cojones’ seems to be the sticking word for Los Rojiblancos at present, who are on eye-raising 18 match unbeaten run, spanning before lockdown. The resilience shown in the match against Liverpool that got them here was said to have been the primary source of inspiration for the amazing showing in the season’s rest, according to manager Diego Simeone.
The apparent frustration that got the better of the reigning European champions all the way back in March could prove to be the winning formula for conquering the continent this time out. This is now Atletico’s fifth last eight appearance in seven seasons, and with the determination on display this season you wouldn’t bet against Simeone and co. to be playing come 23 August in Lisbon.
The news of two positive Covid-19 cases in Angel Correa and Sime Vrsaljko left Simeone and UEFA alike with much to think about going into the game, and obviously both will miss out and isolate. The rest of the squad are fit and available for the quarter final clash.
Head to Head
Leipzig Last 5 Matches (All competitions)
- Wolfsburg (H) 1-1 Friendly draw
- Augsburg (A) 1-2 Bundesliga win
- Borussia Dortmund (H) 0-2 Bundesliga loss
- Fortuna Dusseldorf (H) 2-2 Bundesliga draw
- Hoffenheim (A) 0-2 Bundesliga win
Atletico Madrid Last 5 Matches (All competitions)
- Real Sociedad (H) 1-1 La Liga draw
- Getafe (A) 0-2 La Liga win
- Real Betis (H) 1-0 La Liga win
- Celta Vigo (A) 1-1 La Liga draw
- Real Mallorca (H) 3-0 La Liga win
Leipzig Top Goalscorers:
- Emil Forsberg (5 Bundesliga goals + 4 Champions League goals) – With Timo Werner no longer a Leipzig player, the goals will need to come from elsewhere. The Swedish attacker has four Champions League goals this season, scoring against the likes of Spurs and fellow quarter finalists Lyon.
- Marcel Sabitzer (9 Bundesliga goals + 4 Champions League goals) – Leipzig’s midfield lieutenant has not been shy in front of goal this term, bettering his season tally by ten from last season.
Atletico Madrid Top Goalscorers:
- Alvaro Morata (12 La Liga goals + 3 Champions League goals) – The big target man has led the charge for Atletico since he returned, confirming he will be at the Wanda Metropolitano for the next few seasons after joining permanently.
- Joao Felix (6 La Liga goals + 2 Champions League goals) – Glimmers of world class ability have been shown in parts for the young Portuguese, but is yet to start strongly and justify the hefty price tag he was bought in for.
- Leipzig have won seven of their 14 UEFA Champions League fixtures (D3 L4).
- Leipzig’s record outside Germany in this season’s competition is therefore W3 D1; they had previously won only three of their 12 European away matches (D4 L5).
- Atlético have lost lost just five of their last 17 European fixtures outside Madrid, winning seven, although four defeats have come in their last seven matches (W2 D1).
- Despite defeats on Matchday 4 and 5 this season, Atlético have lost only five of their last 30 matches in continental competition (W19 D6).
- Atlético’s overall record against German clubs is W21 D7 L16, although this season’s loss at Leverkusen made it five defeats in their last six matches against Bundesliga clubs outside Spain.
This is the first time Leipzig and Atletico Madrid are facing each other.
Ryan’s Betting Tips
Only once has either side failed to score in a game since lockdown (Leipzig 0-2 Borussia Dortmund). Over 1.5 goals is 4/9* with Mark Jarvis
This is Leipzig’s first venture into the knockout stages proper in the Champions League, while Atletico have reached the quarter finals 5 times in the last seven years, including two runs to the final. Previous experience and a Simeone tactical masterclass should prevail here. Atletico Madrid To Qualify is 4/6* with Mark Jarvis.
Los Rojiblancos have scored over 2.5 goals once in their last nine games, losing none of them. Atletico Madrid + Under 3.5 goals is 9/5* with Mark Jarvis.
*Odds as of the time of writing (Tuesday 11th August) and subject to change.
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