In a new one-off format as the Champions League quarter-finals continue out in Portugal on Thursday night, RB Leipzig and Atletico Madrid will meet at an empty Estádio José Alvalade.
Continuing to shine since a worrying blip when opening 2020, Los Colchoneros stormed towards another top-four finish in La Liga and find themselves in the midst of a glittering 18-match unbeaten run across all competitions and are seen as a potential dark horse in this year’s tournament.
On the flip side, while Leipzig might have also managed to collect a bronze medal finish in the Bundesliga this summer, the Red Bulls managed to win just a pair of their last five domestic contests and have a real reputation as a draw specialist.
In the first meeting between the two sides out in Portugal on Thursday night, we could be in for a low-scoring encounter on paper. With each of Atletico’s last four contests on the bounce seeing under 2.5 goals, a similar outcome in midweek can be found priced at 7/10 with William Hill.
No Werner, no party for Leipzig?
While RB Leipzig might have managed to clinch another top-four finish in the Bundesliga this year, questions still remain as to how the Red Bulls will cope without attacking talisman, Timo Werner.
With it confirmed that the German international has made the move to Premier League outfit Chelsea this summer, Julian Nagelsmann will simply be desperate for his side to match a similar level that saw them breeze past Tottenham prior to the enforced break.
Finishing off the job and landing a 3-0 romp against Jose Mourinho’s side back in March, the Whites recorded an eye-catching 4-0 aggregate win and are seen as an outsider in this year’s tournament.
Unbeaten in their last six Champions League appearances and reaching their first quarter-final in the club’s history, Leipzig’s goal scoring duties could fall on Emil Forsberg’s shoulders out in Portugal.
Already recording four European goals this season, more than Werner had previously managed, the Swedish playmaker once again found the net against Spurs back in March and has recorded all four strikes in as many Champions League appearances.
You might be interested to know that Forsberg is priced at 3/1 with 888Sport to extend on his tally in what is a famous night for he Red Bulls in midweek.
Morata to lead the charge?
While Diego Simeone’s men might still be rocked by the news that Angel Correa and Sime Vrsaljko have both tested positive for coronavirus and will miss Atletico’s trip to Portugal, Los Colchoneros have enjoyed a stunning end to the year.
Skyrocketing into La Liga’s top-four after a worrying start to 2020, the Spanish giants find themselves in the midst of an eye-catching 18-match unbeaten run and some have billed them as a real dark horse this summer.
If Atletico are to build off of their stunning Merseyside turnaround earlier in the year, Simeone could be calling on former Chelsea misfit Alvaro Morate to lead their charge out in Portugal.
Signing off this year’s La Liga campaign with three goals in his final six outings, the Spanish international is the only player in the Spanish capital to reach double digits this season and also leads Atletico’s European tally.
Including finding the net at Anfield back in March, Morata has three Champions League goals to his name and has found the net in back-to-back European matchups on the road.
You might be interested to know that the 27-year-old can be found priced at 7/4 with Bet365 to extend on his tally on Thursday night.