Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League encounter between Atletico Madrid and Porto: a preview and predictions. While these two teams have already met once in the group stage of the previous season, they will play again this season, so keep reading for analysis and probable lineups.
A Brief Overview of the Match
- Day & Date: Wednesday 7th September 2022
- Kick-Off Time: 21:00 (local time)
- Stadium Name: Metropolitano
- Competition Name: UEFA Champions League
Atletico Madrid vs Porto Match Preview
Atletico Madrid and Porto are rematching after meeting on the first day of the Champions League group stage last season at the Metropolitano. It’s not too surprising since the game went scoreless, so we shouldn’t expect much from this one.
The other two clubs in this group are not Liverpool and Milan as last year, but Bayer Leverkusen and Club Brugge. That improves the prospects of both teams to advance, however a victory for Atleti tonight would make them favorites to win the group.
With 7 points from their first 4 games, Diego Simeone’s squad is off to a mixed start in LaLiga. That’s not a terrible record, considering the difficulty of their schedule.
But they still have a ways to go before catching up to LaLiga leaders Real Madrid and Barcelona. They may have the greatest chance of winning a trophy in one of the domestic cup competitions
If they can make some subtle adjustments to their play, they will be very competitive in the Champions League this season after a heartbreaking defeat in the quarterfinals at the hands of Manchester City.
After last year’s two matchups, they should have a fair understanding of what to anticipate from this Porto squad. Sérgio Conceiço is still in command after leading the Northern Portuguese club to another national championship last year.
One of the low points of the 2021/22 season for Porto was their 3-1 home loss to Atleti in the group stage’s deciding match. This sent them to the Europa League, where they won their first two games before bowing out to Lyon.
Porto will enter this season’s Champions League group stage with high hopes since they had previously advanced from the group stage on four consecutive occasions before last season’s unlucky draw.
They are coming into this game in third place in the Portuguese Primeira Liga after winning four of their previous five games. However, they did lose 3-1 against Rio Ave the previous weekend.
Atletico Madrid vs FC Porto Head-To-Head
Since they haven’t lost against FC Porto in four games in a row, Los Colchoneros may also depend on history. As of their most recent meeting, Atletico Madrid had a 1-3 victory. In more than a decade of games played here, FC Porto has yet to beat Atletico Madrid.
Our Prediction: Atletico Madrid 0-0 Porto
This is going to be a challenging first match for Atleti, as they will be going up against veterans of European competition.
As this is a matchup between two clubs who are familiar with one another, I anticipate a cautious approach being used. To this point in the season, Atletico Madrid’s defense has seemed to be slightly improved.
However, if they don’t take a few chances against the Portuguese team, it’s possible that they won’t be able to generate too much offensively. It would be foolish to assume that this match would not end in a scoreless tie as it did in the previous campaign.
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