Lokomotiv Moscow vs. Atletico Madrid – Champions League, November 3, 2020
Atletico Madrid has the opportunity to put some daylight between them and Lokomotiv Moscow when the two sides clash in the Champions League on Tuesday, November 3.
Following a 3-2 victory over RB Salzburg on Matchday 2, Atletico sits second in Group A. Lokomotiv is third – two points behind Atletico – after losing 2-1 to Bayern Munich last week.
Keep reading to see my Lokomotiv Moscow vs. Atletico Madrid prediction and betting pick.
Lokomotiv Moscow vs. Atletico Madrid Odds
Despite Russian fans being allowed inside the stadium on Tuesday, 10bet clearly doesn’t think that Lokomotiv Moscow (10.00) is going to benefit from the home advantage.
Atletico Madrid (1.35) is the bookies’ clear favorite to win this one, but after pushing Bayern all the way on Matchday 2, I think Lokomotiv will be confident of snatching a draw (4.65).
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As expected, Lokomotiv only saw 35% possession against Bayern last week. However, the Russian side created plenty of goalscoring opportunities against the defending champions and almost came away with something to show for their efforts.
Marko Nikolic’s men went behind early on to a Leon Goretzka strike, but a second-half resurgence led to Anton Miranchuk leveling the scoreline with 20 minutes remaining. Joshua Kimmich eventually rescued the game for the German giant, but Nikolic will be pleased with his team’s performance.
Still, the Moscow outfit lost for the second weekend running back home. Miranchuk got on the scoresheet again, but he was unable to prevent his side from losing 2-1 to Sochi. Loko has only managed to win six of their 13 domestic games this term and sits seventh in the Russian Premier League as a result.
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After suffering a humiliating – and uncharacteristic – 4-0 defeat at the hands of Bayern on Matchday 1, Atletico bounced back with a 3-2 victory over Salzburg last week. A Joao Felix double saw Diego Simeone’s men come from 2-1 down to beat the Austrian side.
Los Colchoneros followed up their Champions League win by securing their third straight La Liga victory at the weekend. Once again, Joao Felix netted a brace, while new signing Lucas Torreira capped off a 3-1 win over Osasuna.
With four wins and two draws from their opening six games, Simeone’s side is sitting third in the Spanish top flight. Remarkably, Atletico has only conceded two La Liga goals this term and remains the only unbeaten team in the division.
Simeone’s Atletico is known for being defensively solid, but the team has also been scoring plenty of goals this season. With Felix flying, Lokomotiv is likely to struggle to deal with the Spaniards.
Lokomotiv Moscow vs. Atletico Madrid Betting Pick
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I was impressed with Lokomotiv’s braveness against Bayern last week. Nikolic’s men gave the Bavarians a real run for their money, but they were ultimately outclassed by a better team.
I can see a similar situation unfolding on Tuesday. I’m sure the Russian side will create chances again, but Atletico should be far too strong. The Spaniards are performing at both ends of the pitch at the moment, so I’m confident they will come away with all three points.