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NairaBet Preview: Atletico Madrid v Lokomotiv Moscow: Back Atleti to win to nil

11:17 EAT 07/03/2018
Diego Costa Atletico Madrid
The men in red and white might have suffered a narrow defeat in Barcelona at the weekend but will be expected to bounce back on European duty

2012 Europa League champions Atletico Madrid will be up against Lokomotiv Moscow in the first leg round of 16 at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Los Rojiblancos saw the chance to close the gap on Primera Division leaders Barcelona vanish as they lost 1-0 to the Catalan Giants at the Camp Nou on Saturday afternoon.

Having won Europe’s second tier tournament six years ago and gone past FC Copenhagen 5-1 on aggregate in the previous round, Diego Simeone’s side are favourites with NairaBet at odds of (1.25).

The Red-Greens got the better of French outfit Nice to make it to this round. They topped Group F and also currently hold a seven-point lead over FC Krasnodar in the Russian Premier League.

Regardless of their fine form, Yuri Semin’s men remain underdogs in their trip to Spain at odds of (17.75).

A draw is offered at (6.50) with the same betting firm.

Prior to the Barcelona defeat, Atleti had gone eight games on the bounce with victories. Lokomotiv shouldn’t cause any trouble for them on their turf and are tipped to either win or draw at odds of (1.03).

Simeone’s charges have won their last five games at the Metropolitano, keeping clean sheets in all of them. They certainly look good to keep another one at odds of (1.40).

Of Atletico Madrid’s last 11 competitive home games, only once did they not win to nil. Putting into context how solid defensively they’ve been, YES is quoted at (1.55).

The Spanish capital club are known to be very rigid and as such don’t score too many goals. 10 of their last 14 home games in all competitions has seen less than three goals and it’s a certain outcome with NairaBet at odds of (1.35) that it will go that way once again on Thursday night.