Betting: Impregnable Atletico should shut out fairytale Foxes

Ben Cleminson
Leicester City v Sevilla FC - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg
Marc Albrighton's goal saw Leicester get past Sevilla in the previous round (Source: Getty)

It is one of the odd quirks of Leicester City’s history that they have only qualified for European football four times, and on three of those occasions they have been drawn against Atletico Madrid.

Having been knocked out of the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1961, and the UEFA Cup in 1997, Foxes fans will hope it’s third time lucky when they meet again in the Champions League quarter-final this time around.

Craig Shakespeare’s men have already defied all logic to have got anywhere near this stage.

A 2-0 second-leg win over Sevilla in the last round kept the fairytale of last season alive, despite the sacking of Claudio Ranieri after a 2-1 reversal in the away leg.

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That round of 16 performance is likely to provide the blueprint for Leicester’s chances of success here – keep it respectable in Spain before going for the win in front of a raucous King Power crowd next week.

Leicester look in far better shape than they did approaching the Sevilla tie – Shakespeare won his first six games in charge before a heavily rotated side were downed 4-2 at Everton on Sunday.

Whether they can continue that form against one of the best sides in the world remains to be seen.

Atletico have reached two of the last three Champions League finals, and have found the perfect formula for this competition.

They’ve only conceded three home Champions League goals in the last three seasons – incredible considering the wealth of talent they’ve faced at the Vicente Calderon.

It hasn’t been a vintage season for Atleti, but the only team to beat them in their last 20 games is Barcelona.

As much as I’d like to, I can’t see Leicester getting any change out of them here.

An Atletico win to nil is 5/6 with 188BET, on what could be a frustrating night for the Foxes.


Atletico win to nil - 5/6 (188BET)

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