Atletico Madrid and PSG will have totally the opposite tasks this midweek. The Spanish powerhouse travels to Germany to meet Bayer Leverkusen, and they can’t allow slipping here. Otherwise, Juve is bound to get the top spot in their group. Meanwhile, PSG awaits Club Brugge, whom they smashed in Belgium. The French champions are enjoying a nice time in the UCL competition this season, and want to keep it that way.
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Atletico Madrid
This game comes in the worst possible moment for the hosts, who have just one win over the recent seven matches. And even that was against Paderborn in DFB Pokal, which isn’t such an attractive competition in Germany. Bayer is sitting at the last spot in Group D without a single point in three matches, and just one goal scored so far. So, this is the crucial contest for this team and his international ambition. If they don’t win, or at least snatch one point, reaching the Europa League would become one hell of a task. Having in mind that they lost the first UCL fixture at home, this too will be tough.
On the other side, Atletico hasn’t felt the taste of defeat in 11 straight games. However, they aren’t very happy about it, particularly in the last few weeks. The Madridians recorded four draws over the previous 6 events, all of them in La Liga, and that is something which wasn’t planned. Joao Felix’s injury and absence have been bothering Simeone’s attack, and that part of the team simply couldn’t put up a decent performance. Even against Leverkusen, the red and whites struggled at Wanda Metropolitan. All of the latest 10 encounters Atletico participated in ended with under 2.5 goals.
Even though they aren’t posting expected results, Atletico is a massive favorite here. Diego Simeone and his team know how to play games like the upcoming one, which is why we propose betting on their victory in Germany. BetXChange offers 1.54 for that, which is in our opinion the steal of the day.
PSG vs Club Brugge
Many believe that this match might be a very unpleasant experience for the Belgian team. The Saints lost against Dijon this Friday, after leading at the half, and now someone has to pay for that. The first team coming to Paris after that is Brugge, which could be disastrous for these guys. We saw the power of Tuchel’s boys two weeks ago, once they packed five goals without too many problems. Their motive to redeem because of a loss against the last-placed team of Ligue 1 could bring a lot of troubles to the Belgians. Five PSG’s games before this one concluded with three or more goals, with four having four or more scores.
Brugge is doing good in the domestic league, and if weren’t for a draw against Galatasaray at home, things would be even better here. The team showed a substantial amount of quality when playing against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu. Back then, Club Brugge had a two-goal advantage but couldn’t preserve that edge. Those goals against Los Blancos were the only ones they’ve allowed on the road in the last five contests.
We don’t have to be rocket scientists to see that the hosts are an absolute favorite in this one, and that anything else but a convincing win with a lot of goals would be a surprise. Therefore, over 1.5 goals in the first halftime are our primary choice. Odds on that are 0.91