Atletico Madrid vs FC Porto Prediction, Champions League Group Phase, Thursday 16 September 2021 – 1NEWS

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Atletico Madrid vs FC Porto Prediction, Champions League Group Phase, Thursday 16 September 2021


Atletico Madrid vs FC Porto Prediction, Champions League Group Phase, Thursday 16 September 2021

Crazybola.com – While they will next face Liverpool and AC Milan, Atletico Madrid will be hoping to start with a win at home to FC Porto in their Group B opener at the Wanda Metropolitano on Thursday (16/9).

Diego Simeone’s men go into this clash having claimed a dramatic 1-2 win over Espanyol in La Liga at the weekend, while Porto drew 1-1 against Primeira Liga champions Sporting Lisbon.

Match Preview

Atletico Madrid qualified directly for the Champions League group stage as favorites in pot 1 after winning La Liga last season, their first since 2014 after beating fierce competition against local club Real Madrid until last weekend.

Diego Simeone’s men have also started their season well. After picking up seven points from their first three La Liga games before the international break, Atletico then snatched a dramatic 1-2 win over Espanyol thanks to Thomas Lemar’s 90+9 minute goal.

The 2021/2022 season marks Atletico Madrid’s ninth successive season in the group stages of the Champions League, but they have failed to get past the last 16 in three of the last four seasons so they will be hoping for a better result this season.

Porto lost their domestic title to Sporting CP during the 2020/2021 season, while their bid to beat the reigning champions over the weekend also failed after a 1-1 draw at Jose Alvalade.

This time The Dragons have won three of their opening five matches in the Portuguese League without defeat, extending their unbeaten run to 15 matches in all competitive fixtures since their first leg defeat to Chelsea in the quarter-finals last year.

Meeting Record

In the previous six meetings, the two teams had a balanced head to head record. Atletico Madrid won twice (2013), FC Porto won twice (2009), and drew twice (2009).

Team News

Stefan Savic is suspended for Atletico Madrid, and that would see Jose Gimenez break into the starting XI. No more missing players for Diego Simeone’s men.

Agustin Marchesin and Marko Grujic are both sidelined for FC Porto, with Diego Costa expected to be believed to be in goal.

Player Estimate

Atletico Madrid XI (3-5-2): Jan Oblak; Mario Hermoso, Felipe, Jose Maria Gimenez; Yannick Carrasco, Thomas Lemar, Marcos Llorente, Koke, Kieran Trippier; Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez

FC Porto XI (4-4-2): Diego Costa; Ivan Mercano, Pepe, Chancel Mbemba, Joao Mario; Luis Diaz, Sergio Oliviera, Mateus Uribe, Otavio; Toni Martinez, Mahdi Taremi

Prediction

Atletico Madrid needed a stoppage-time goal from Thomas Lemar to beat Espanyol 1-2 in La Liga, leaving them sharing the top of the table with Real Madrid and Valencia with 10 points from four games.

FC Porto are still unbeaten this season with three wins from five matches, but two of their draws came on the road, so the trip to the Wanda Metropolitano will be a tough one for them.

Losing Stevan Savic would be a blow to Atletico Madrid’s defence, but Diego Simeone still has plenty of options to field a strong squad and win this game.

Score Prediction: Atletico Madrid 2-0 FC Porto

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