Lokomotiv Moskva vs Atletico Madrid: Match preview
A surprising leader in this group, but only after one round is Lokomotiv. They celebrated unexpectedly in Leverkusen, with Atletico had a draw on their pitch with Juventus.
Both teams played derby matches in their respective championships last weekend. Lokomotiv celebrated again and Atletico again secured one point. Two seasons ago, these teams met in the Europa League and Atletico won both times, in Moscow by as much as 5-1.
Lokomotiv Moskva team news:
The Locomotiv is in very good shape right now, not counting the Cup in which they were unexpectedly eliminated from Baltica. That is why they started in the Champions League with a 2-1 victory over Leverkusen against Bayer, and they are optimistic about that, although there are real challenges ahead.
They also won three championship matches, two away against Sochi and Orenburg, and also defeated Zenit 1-0 at home on Saturday. Midfielder Krychowiak scored the only goal early in the second half. Now they have reached the current champion, with the CSKA leader just two points ahead. Handicap for this match are are injuries to An.Miranchuk and Farfan.
Probable starting lineup: Guilherme – Ignatyev, Howedes, Corluka, Rybus – Cerqueira – Zhemaletdinov, Barinov, Krychowiak, Mario – Smolov
Atletico Madrid team news:
Atletico is not in good shape, given that they have had too many draws lately. That is how they started their Champions League appearance. They were losing to Juventus 2-0 and scored a goal for 2:2 in the finish.
In the championship they have only won once in the previous four rounds, and with one defeat they have drawn twice. Both times at home and without goals and the second draw was against the city rival Real on Saturday. It was a bad game with a lot of tacticism, as we now expect a more offensive and better Atletico.
Probable starting lineup: Cloud – Arias, Savic, Gimenez, Lodi – M.Llorente, Herrera, Koke, Lemar – Morata, J.Felix
Locomotiv won the first round, but now there is an even harder opponent and we do not believe they can repeat everything. We do not expect that they can even draw, because AtleticO need points and individually they are a much better team. We predict the triumph of the guests.
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