Calendars are racing around the world as the World Cup in Qatar approaches, and soccer fans are ecstatic as the games to watch pile up. One of these games is Atlético Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen, an intense clash on Matchday 5 of the Champions League. Winning is critical for all teams in order to advance to the final stage, which will be played next year.
In this instance, both teams are in dire need of winning. Additionally, they’ll be waiting to see what happens with Group B’s other two members (Brugge of Belgium and Porto of Portugal, that have to play against each other). For the time being, both Madrid and Germany are trailing.
Today, we present you a great preview of this Atletico Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen match at JefeBet, complete with predictions and betting odds, so you can be informed of everything that could happen in this exciting match.
Predictions, Odds, and Betting Preview for the Atlético Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen Champions League Matchday 5 Game on October 26, 2022
- Where: Metropolitano Stadium – Madrid, Spain
- When: Wednesday, October 26, 3 PM E.T.
- Moneyline: Atlético Madrid (-130) / Tie (+285) / Bayer Leverkusen (+400)
- Asian Handicap: Atlético Madrid (-0.75, -107), Bayer Leverkusen (+0.75, -113)
- Over/Under (2.5): Over (-125) / Under (+102)
- Both teams score: Yes (-136) / No (+106).
All odds shown are courtesy of Unibet.
Atlético Madrid Preview
In this Champions League, Atlético Madrid doesn’t have a large lead. Diego “Cholo” Simeone’s team is third in a group that seemed promising at first. However, their success in the competition has been uneven so far. They started the tournament by beating Porto at home, but then they lost in both their trips to Germany and Belgium. Moreover, a stalemate at home against Brugge exacerbated their doubts.
Now, they know they must win their two remaining matches; if they succeed, they’ll get the coveted ticket to the knockout stage. Simeone has been somewhat tight-lipped about the likely lineup to face Leverkusen; however, it’s expected to be similar to the one he used to defeat Betis in their last LaLiga match. In the Spanish tournament, the Madrid-based team is in third place, behind Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Possible lineup (4-4-2): Jan Oblak, Nahuel Molina, Stefan Savic, José Giménez, Reinildo, Ángel Correa, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Axel Witsel, Saúl Ñíguez, Antoine Griezmann, Álvaro Morata.
Bayer Leverkusen Preview
Bayer Leverkusen is going through a very bad moment in the Champions League, where it’s at the bottom of its group with one win and three defeats (the only joy, paradoxically, was against Atlético Madrid). Moreover, they are also having a disastrous season in the domestic tournament. They are only one point above the team that should play today for promotion to avoid relegation. In the Bundesliga, they won only two of the eleven games they’ve played.
Swiss Gerardo Seoane left and a big name, Spaniard Xabi Alonso, took over. The 19-year-old midfielder Florian Wirtz, who’s still recovering from a serious knee injury, is not yet ready to play.
Alonso will also be missing Azmoun and Palacios, who are both injured. Schick and Aranguiz are ill, although the former may be in the starting lineup.
Possible lineup (3-4-3): Lukás Hrádecky, Odilon Kossounou, Jonathan Tah, Edmond Tapsoba, Jeremie Frimpong, Robert Andrich, Nadiem Amiri, Mitchel Bakker, Moussa Diaby, Patrick Schick, Amine Adli.
Atlético Madrid, which knows how to play this type of event and can rely on its immense self-esteem when things don’t go its way, will undoubtedly bring out its out its greatest assets. Another aspect we have to take into account when making our predictions is Leverkusen’s poor form. Considering all of this, we believe the “Colchoneros” will clearly win this match.
Prediction: Atlético Madrid wins 2 to 0.
Odds courtesy of Unibet. Read our review here!