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Atlético Madrid vs. FC Lokomotiv Moscow || UEFA Champions League 2020-21 || Match Prediction

UEFA Champions League 2020-21

Atlético Madrid vs. FC Lokomotiv Moscow – Thu, 26th November

UEFA Champions League 2020-21 Match Prediction     

Atlético Madrid will welcome Lokomotiv Moscow on Thursday at Wanda Metropolitano on matchday 4 of the UEFA Champions League group stage, also knowing that a win could put them through the brink of qualification in the Champions League last 16.

Lokomotiv will head into the fixture with the motive to record the maximum points against this La Liga’s giant which will put them into the second position on Group A points table. The last time they played against each other the match ended in a draw.

Atlético Madrid should be satisfied with a two-point advantage over Lokomotiv at this point in the group, but they are still left with a match against Bayern and then Salzburg.

Lokomotiv will be delighted that despite being in such an exceptionally tough group they are currently still in contention for a last 16 spot. Marko Nikolic’s team haven’t had the most enjoyable season as they’re currently at the eight position and with an eight-point separation from the team leading the Russian Premier League.

Atlético Madrid’s form in all competitions: WWWDWW

Lokomotiv Moscow’s form in all competitions: LLLDLW

We predict that Atletico Madrid would win 2-0 against Lokomotiv Moscow despite its key members not playing as they have tested positive for coronavirus.

Atletico Madrid will win this game.

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After a humiliating defeat against Bayern Munich with a scoreline of 4-0, Diego Simeone might have realised that his club was already playing for the second place behind the 2020 champions. That might have raised the pressure which led to a 3-2 win against Red Bull Salzburg and then a draw against Lokomotiv Moscow.

They might be confident from their 1-0 win against Barcelona during the weekend, as they have accomplished to sustain six clean sheets in their last eight games. Luis Suarez and Lucas Torreira will mostly miss the next match because they recorded positive on coronavirus tests while being on international duty. There wouldn’t be many changes in the squad due to an additional day’s rest they got after the Barcelona clash.

Lokomotiv just ended a six-match winless streak against Arsenal Tula. They have just lost against Bayern 1-2, and the match ended in a draw against Red Bull Salzburg 2-2 as well as against Atlético Madrid 1-1. They’re currently at the third position in Group A. Eder is most likely to be in the squad as a replacement for Fedor Smolov who is currently injured. Despite getting a red card at the weekend, Vedran Corluks – the veteran centre back if still in contention to start the game.

Atlético Madrid’s possible starting lineup: Oblak, Felix, Trippier, Carrasco, Gimenezz, Correa, Savic, Niguez, Lodi, Llorente and Koke

Lokomotiv Moscow’s possible starting lineup: Guilherme, Eder, Cerqueira, Luis, Zhivoglyadov, Miranchuk, Rajkovic, Rybus, Ignatjev, Kulikov and Krychowiak

We predict that Atletico Madrid will win 2-0 against Lokomotiv Moscow because Atletico is much stronger on familiar territory, and we expect Simeone’s team to give us an efficient performance on Wednesday evening.