Preview - Atlético Madrid vs Lokomotiv Moscow March 09 2018

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Europa League Round of 16
Atlético Madrid vs. Lokomotiv Moscow
Friday, March 9th, 2018
2:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano

Atletico Madrid:
Last five matches form: W W W W L
EL Average goals per match: 2.5
ELAverage goals against per match: 0.5
EL Top Scorer: Kevin Gameiro (2)

Lokomotiv Moscow:
Last five matches form: W W W W D
EL Average goals per match: 1.6
EL Average goals against per match: 0.7
EL Top Scorer: Manuel Fernandes (6)

Two in-form sides clash here in what looks to be one of the more intriguing Round of 16 matches. Atlético have won eight of their last nine in all competitions, with their only defeat coming when going down narrowly to Barcelona at Camp Nou last time out. Lokomotiv meanwhile are on a hot streak of their own. The Russian league leaders are unbeaten in ten and will head here with their tails up.

No major injury concerns for either side, with Atlético's Stefan Savic and Moscow's, Jefferson Farfan the only slight doubts.

Lokomotiv are flying in the Russian League, but are facing a big step up in class here. Atletico have emerged as the only credible challengers to Barcelona in La Liga, which for many is THE best domestic league in the world. Those title aspirations did take a hit with that 1-0 loss to Barca last time out, and they will no doubt be keen to get back to winning ways at the earliest opportunity.

Lokomotiv are no mugs and have been amongst the goals on their European sojourns so far, but we fancy they may struggle to break down Diego Simeone's well drilled outfit.

Led by Antooine Griezeman, we fancy the two time winners of the competition to build a nice cushion to take into the second leg.

Atlético to win this one.

Prediction: Atletico Madrid 2-0 Lokomotiv Moscow


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Shots:  12 - 5
Shots on target: 5 - 1
Corner Kicks: 8 - 2
Possession: 65% - 35%

Angel Correa and Saul Niguez saw yellow for Atlético with Aleksey Miranchuk doing likewise for Lokomotiv.

The score-line paints an accurate picture of this contest as Atlético Madrid comprehensively outclassed their Russian visitors. Restricted to just one shot on target, Moscow never really looked like getting into this.

It did take 22 minutes for the home side to break the deadlock, but when it came it was certainly worth the small wait. Saul Niguez picking up the ball in space around thirty yards out, before unleashing an absolute rocket into the top corner.

Moscow survived to the break without further damage. 1-0 at half-time.

Lokomotiv didn't make it much past the interval without conceding again though. Guilherme did well to get his hands to Antoine Griezman's goal bound effort in the 47th minute, but could only palm the ball into the path of Diego Costa who prodded home.

And that's the way it stayed for the next thirty minutes, with little of note coming from either side. Madrid dominating the ball, whilst Lokomotiv were largely restricted to efforts from range.

Then in the 90th minute, the home side added a third. Breaking down the right hand side, Juanfran cut the ball back into the box to find Kiko racing onto the ball to fire into the far corner.

Moscow will likely fare better at home next week but have been left with an absolute mountain to climb if they are to turn this around. Diego Simeone's men are so proficient at the back that its tough to see them conceding three times in the Russian capital and can be confidently expected to take their place in the quarter final line-up.

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