Atletico Madrid vs Porto predictions and match preview for Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League fixture. Read on for the head-to-head, team news, predicted lineups and fantasy football picks as Atleti kick off their UCL campaign.
|Wednesday 15th September 2021
|21:00 (local time)
|UEFA Champions League Group Stage
Atletico Madrid vs Porto Preview
Atletico Madrid’s Champions League campaign kicks off against Porto at the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday evening. As champions of Spain, Diego Simeone’s side in theory had the advantage of being top seeds in the draw, but it wasn’t favourable to them with Liverpool and Milan completing what is a tough group.
That makes it all the more important that they start with a win here in what is on paper one of their “easier” group fixtures. Atleti have made a pretty strong start to the season in terms of results with 10 points from 4 games in LaLiga so far but again they’ve had to battle hard for every point with a number of late goals decisive, as was so often the case last season. That was the situation once more at the RCDE Stadium on Saturday as Atleti scored a 99th minute winner through the increasingly impressive Thomas Lemar.
Diego Simeone’s side do have something of a point to prove in this competition though. Their exit last season was as tame as we’ve seen from Simeone’s Atleti in Europe as they were well beaten by eventual winners Chelsea over two legs. They weren’t helped by their inability to play at home in that tie and while it won’t be full, the noise of the Wanda Metropolitano on a European night should help spur them on here.
As for Porto, they make the short trip across Iberia with plenty of recent pedigree in this competition. They went one better than Atleti last season, reaching the Quarter-Finals where they also lost to Chelsea. Prior to that though, they’d comfortably qualified from their group winning 4 of their 6 matches before shocking Juventus in the last 16 and it’s clear that they are capable of doing more than merely making up the numbers in this group.
They only lost twice in the Portuguese League last season although it wasn’t enough to win the title as Sporting pipped them to 1st place by 5 points. The two sides met in crunch game on Saturday with Porto coming from behind to draw 1-1 in Lisbon thanks to Luis Diaz’s goal. However both sides are already playing catch-up on Benfica who have made the brightest start in Portugal this season.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Atleti Wins, 2 Porto Wins, 2 Draws.
- The sides last met in the 2013/14 season with Atleti winning both UCL group games.
- However Porto enjoyed the better of four Champions League meetings in 2009.
- Porto advanced on away goals from a Last 16 tie before winning both group games to nil the following season.
Stefan Savic is suspended having seen red in the defeat to Chelsea in last year’s competition. Otherwise Atleti are expected to be at full strength.
Agustin Marchesin and Marko Grujic are out injured for the away team.
Predicted Atleti Starting Lineup:
Oblak – Hermoso, Felipe, Gimenez – Carrasco, De Paul, Llorente, Koke, Trippier – Griezmann, Suarez (3-5-2)
Predicted Porto Starting Lineup:
Costa – Marcano, Pepe, Mbemba, Mario – Diaz, Oliveira, Uribe, Otavio – Martinez, Taremi (4-4-2)
Atletico Madrid vs Porto Predictions
Score Prediction: Atletico Madrid 2-1 Porto
2-1 is the new 1-0 for Atletico Madrid, or so it would seem, with Diego Simeone’s side not quite the clean sheet specialists of yesteryear. They are still pretty solid defensively though and the array of attacking options they now have gives Cholo the luxury of being able to bring quality off the bench and that could again be decisive here for a team specialising in the art of winning games late on.