Leicester City conceded just a single goal at the Vicente Calderon last week and as such they remain very much in contention for a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, however their narrow 1-0 defeat glosses over the fact that they were completely outclassed in the Spanish capital. The hosts dominated from the outset and it was only down to some stubborn defending that the visitors weren’t subjected to a thorough mauling.
Atletico boss Diego Simeone won’t be making any changes to Atletico’s approach at the King Power Stadium tonight and he will be confident that his men can find a way past a depleted Foxes outfit. Leicester will be missing the services of centre-backs Robert Huth and Wes Morgan while Wilfried N’Didi is doubtful following an injury sustained in the draw with Crystal Palace. Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez will make the starting line-up, however the former couldn’t muster a single shot on goal in the first leg and Atletico will be looking to ensure that this remains the same tonight.
The visitors are undeniably a level above the Foxes and this should enable them to completely control the second leg. Craig Shakespeare’s side will look to score on the break but one feels that this will be a ‘Backs to the wall’ affair and it is unlikely that the hosts will manage to keep the likes of Antoine Griezmann at bay for the full match. A goal from the French striker was the only difference between the sides in Madrid and he can probably be relied upon to make a difference tonight, whether or not he registers a goal.
Should the visitors take the lead then they will likely close the match out and shut up shop. Simeone will be in no doubt that a 1-0 scoreline early tonight will likely be enough given that his men are adept at holding onto slender margins. Atletico have suffered just a single defeat in this season’s Champions League and all-but-two of these games have ended with under 2.5 goals. We expect a similar scenario tonight.