Porto vs Atletico Madrid predictions and match preview for Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League fixture. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Diego Simeone’s men face a decisive date in Portugal.
|Tuesday 7th December 2021
|21:00 (local time)
|Estádio do Dragão
|UEFA Champions League Group Stage
Porto vs Atletico Madrid Preview
It’s crunch-time for Atletico Madrid in what has been a very difficult Champions League campaign to date. With just 4 points on the board after 5 games, they are somewhat fortunate to be going into their final game still with a chance of securing qualification. They must win in Porto if they want to be playing UCL knockout stage football in the new year and even that would most likely be dependent on runaway group leaders Liverpool getting a result in Milan.
Atletico Madrid can only worry about taking care of their own business and that won’t be easy. Diego Simeone’s side come into the game on the back of a fresh low in the form of a shock 2-1 home defeat against Mallorca at the weekend. Take Kubo’s 91st minute winner left a lot of soul-searching to be done at the Wanda Metropolitano.
That was their fifth defeat of the season already in all competitions. Atleti have lost their last 3 in the Champions League with back-to-back defeats against Liverpool followed by a bitterly disappointing 1-0 home defeat against Milan where Simeone appeared to get his tactics wrong and pay the price for an overly cautious approach.
You have to wonder what has happened to last season’s Spanish champions as they look a shadow of their former selves or indeed any previous version of Cholo’s Atleti. Just 4 wins from 11 home fixtures this term and only 1 clean sheet in their last 6 outings aren’t the kind of stats you associate with them and there is no margin for error heading into this game.
Atleti did keep a clean sheet when they last met Porto but a goalless draw in Madrid represented a strong start for the Portuguese side to this group. They subsequently lost both games against Liverpool, conceding 7 in the process, but 4 points from their 2 meetings with Milan leaves them 2nd in this group and with matters in their own hands heading into the final matchday.
Unbeaten and top of the Portuguese League, Porto haven’t been as convincing in Europe with just 3 goals scored in this group. They won’t be confident of the victory they need to guarantee qualification but may fancy their chances of keeping it tight and awaiting word of developments from the San Siro before really rolling the dice. Should Milan fail to beat Liverpool, Porto would progress with a draw and that could make it a frustrating night for the Spanish club.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Porto Wins, 2 Atleti Wins, 2 Draws.
- The sides drew 0-0 in Madrid on matchday 1 in this group.
- The previous meetings came in the group stage of the 2013/14 UCL with Atletico Madrid winning both meetings.
- Atleti failed to score on their other two visits to Porto this century, both in the UCL in 2009.
Mateus Uribe is banned for Porto. Iván Marcano and Francisco Conceição are sidelined through injury.
Kieran Trippier is out again for Atletico Madrid who have doubts over Yannick Carrasco and Jose Gimenez.
Porto vs Atletico Madrid Predictions
Score Prediction: Porto 1-1 Atletico Madrid
Atleti have to approach this with a positive attitude and that may just aid them to some extent as they know a draw will see them eliminated. However Porto are experienced Champions League campaigners and won’t have seen too much in the Spanish side that they need to be fearful of. Atleti may end up paying the price for their caution and hesitation against Milan a fortnight ago and even a drop into the Europa League is far from guaranteed with Liverpool expected to rest players in Italy.
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