Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid Europa League – match preview and betting tips

europa-league-bettingLiverpool is the host tonight when Atletico Madrid comes to play the Reds in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final at 20:45 CET. The Spanish team won the first leg 1-0 in Madrid, which forces Liverpool to win with at least two goals today, but it will not be easy against a strong and highly motivated Atletico team with a one goal advantage. In our preview we have looked at the two teams’ chances to go to the Europa League final and found the best betting tips for the game at Anfield.

Liverpool needs a victory

Going into the game Liverpool needs to overturn the deficit from the first match, which is not a new situation for the Reds in this year’s competition. In both previous knockout rounds they lost away to Lille and Benfica, but comfortably won their home game the following week. At the same time Liverpool played superbly in last weekend’s away game at Burnley, where they won 4-0. This must leave the team quite confident before tonight’s match, which can provide them a ticket to a European final and maybe trophy in the end. In a season where Liverpool has been struggling a lot, this would be hardly needed and might save their season overall.

Atletico Madrid is in a similar situation in the Primera Division, where they have performed poorly throughout the season. They are surely hoping the Europa League can save their season and the 1-0 lead must leave them optimistic for the match. Atletico Madrid’s previous results away also suggest they have a good chance tonight after drawing 2-2 away against both Valencia and Sporting Lisbon, while beating Galatasaray 2-1. At the same time they won 3-1 against Tenerife in their last domestic league game after loosing three matches in a row.

Struggling with the attack

Before tonight’s game Liverpool is really struggling with their attack. With Fernando Torres out already due to a knee injury, they must place their faith on Dirk Kuyt and David Ngog who are both lacking fitness and tries to become fit from injuries. If they do not get ready for the match, the job will be left to Ryan Babel, but no matter what it will be a weakened attack. In addition Martin Kelly, Martin Skrtel, Emiliano Insua and Fabio Aurelio are all sidelined because of injuries, while Maxi Rodriquez is banned from European football. On the other hand Atletico Madrid will have their star striker Sergio Aguero back, who will enter their already capable attack with Diego Forlan, Jose Antonio Reyes and Simao Sabrosa.

Looking at tonight’s match both clubs really need to go to through to the final, if they are to have any success this season. This importance of match might play a big role tonight as the nerves kicks in and the match is to be decided. Our betting tip therefore is to back Liverpool in tonight’s semi-final, which can be played at odds 1.57 and 2.60 for the handicap bet at William Hill Sports. We predict the many European games played by Liverpool in recent years will be a big advantage tonight, mainly because of the importance of the game, where experience plays a big part. At the same time the match will be played at Anfield, which any opponent should fear.

The main problem with the bet will probably be Liverpool’s attack, but hopefully Kuyt and Ngog will be ready, and if not, the reserves will take their chance. Sport Betters looking to back the draw or Atletico Madrid can currently get odds 4.00 and 5.50 respectively at William Hill Sports

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