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17:07 EAT 03/01/2018
Atletico Madrid UCL 2017
With Diego Simeone likely to field a competitive side, there is plenty of value in backing Atleti to win by at least two goals

Atletico Madrid begin the year with a Copa Del Rey tie in Catalonia as Diego Simeone's side face one of the two third-tier sides still left in the tournament.

Lleida enjoyed an extraordinary win in the previous round, coming from behind to beat Real Sociedad, and their reward is a tie against one of the favourties for the trophy. 

Match odds 

After a slightly mixed end to 2017, Atleti will be expecting to begin the new year in strong fashion and the side have been boosted by two high-profile arrivals; Spain internationals Diego Costa and Vitolo will surely improve Atletico's threat in the final third, with Costa desperate to play after three months waiting for his move back to the Spanish capital.

Paddy Power price Atletico at 1/5 (1.20) for the win, with Lleida offered at 16/1 (17.00) and the draw available at 5/1 (6.00).

Hosts badly out of form

Despite recording a stunning comeback at the Estadio Anoeta to win 3-2 against Real Sociedad in the last 32, Lleida have been on an extremely poor run in the Segunda B Division.

Indeed, the Catalans have failed to win any of their last nine league matches - a barren spell that stretches back to the 22nd October - and in their last five home games they have managed to score just one goal.

Wednesday night's match at the Camp d'Esports de Lleida will be one of the biggest in the club's history, but Lleida seemingly have little chance of producing an upset. 

Tips and predictions

While Diego Simeone is likely to make changes to the starting line up, the side fielded by the manager should still be strong enough to claim a win, with Costa in line to feature.

Atletico to win with a -1 handicap is priced at 8/11 (1.73) and looks an excellent way to back the visitors for the win. 

Atletico Madrid -1 handicap at 8/11 (1.73) for a 2pt stake with Paddy Power