Atletico Madrid vs Juventus
Champions League, Europe
Date: Wednesday, 20th February 2019
Kick off at: 20.00 GMT
Venue: Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain
An exciting heavyweight battle set to spark in Champions League knockout stage as Atletico Madrid face Juventus on Wednesday. Both teams will be keen on taking down each others at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Atletico Madrid vs Juventus Possible Lineups
Here are the possible lineups for both of this sides as they gear themselves up for a potentially fascinating UCL clash this midweek. Let’s take a look at the probable lineups and formation that the teams could be preparing in taking each others out.
Expected Formation: 4-4-2
Probable Lineups: Oblak(g);Arias, Godin, J. Gimenez, F. Luis(def);Correa, Rodri, Saul, Lemar(mid);Griezmann, Diego Costa(att)
Expected Formation: 4-3-3
Probable Lineups: Szczesny(g); Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, A. Sandro(def);Betancur, Pjanic, Matuidi (mid);Dybala, Ronaldo, Mandzukic(att)
Heading into this exciting UCL midweek clash, both teams have already been involved in several domestic league fixtures. Let’s check out the results the two sides have been getting recently to have a clear idea about their current form.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches): WWLLW
After suffering two straight defeats against Real Betis and Real Madrid, Diego Simeone’s men are able to bounce back. Los Rojiblancos got themselves back on winning ways as they take down Rayo Vallecano 1-0 on Saturday.
That victory is certainly a positive sign ahead of their midweek clash against the Bianconeri. Simeone’s side were in need of a morale boosting result that can get their confidence back before a tough European battle.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches) :WLDWW
The Old Lady themselves have comfortable passed their mini sip earlier this month as they grabbed two straight victories in Serie A. Massimiliano Allegri’s men won their recent league battles against Sassuolo and Frosinone convincingly.
Those two victories ended their mini slump which started after their Coppa defeat against Atalanta and held at home by Parma. Juve are looking focused and ready to play a tough away battle at Wanda Metropolitano.
Simeone’s side have been a much better situation regarding their injury problems with several important players have returned. However, Koke and Lucas Hernandez remain doubtful for this midweek clash.
The good news for Atleti is Diego Costa along with Stevan Savic have returned from their injuries and ready to play. Costa could even get himself a starting spot already this midweek, giving some attacking spark for them.
The Turin giant have also solved their defensive crisis with Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini returning into action again. Juan Cuadrado is the only player who won’t be available for this Wednesday clash as he is yet to recover from his injury.
Paulo Dybala is reportedly slightly doubtful for the midweek tie, but it looks like he will still make it. Cristiano Ronaldo remain the main threat from Juve as his experience in facing Atletico could be key for the Italian giant.
Head to Head Records:
The upcoming two legged tie will only be their third and fourth match up as they only met twice before back in 2014.
From those previous matchups, Atleti are the one having an advantage as they won one match and drawing the other.
Playing at home, Atleti will be pushing hard in taking an advantage to take for the second leg. Simeone acknowledge that it won’t be an easy task for his side, but Diego Costa’s return might give the home team that spark.
Juve themselves are set to play in a very organized fashion as they aim to at least snatch an away goal. Allegri is hoping that Ronaldo can help the Bianconeri take down the host this midweek.
Final Score: 1-0