Preview - Atletico Madrid vs Sporting CP 06 April 2018

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Europa League Quarter Final First Leg
Atletico Madrid vs. Sporting CP
Friday, April 6th, 2018
04:05 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano

Atletico Madrid: 
Last five matches form: W W W L W
EL Average goals per match: 3.25
EL Average goals against per match: 0.5
EL Top Scorer: Saúl Ñíguez (3)

Sporting CP:
Last five matches form: W W L W L
EL Average goals per match: 2.25
EL Average goals against per match: 1.50
EL Top Scorer: Bruno Fernandes (3)

Two sides who began this season in the Champions League clash at the Wander Metropolitano in what looks an intriguing Europa League quarter final encounter.

Atletico have looked a class apart since dropping into this competition, banging in 13 goals in their four games to date whilst conceding only two. This will be their stiffest test to date though.

Sporting CP haven't been quite as impressive as Atletico since their Champions League exit but have registered nine goals in four games themselves. This does however represent a massive step up from the likes of FC Astana and Viktoria Plzen.

Atletico's star man Antoine Griezmann missed out at the weekend due to suspension but will return here. Filipe Luis continues to miss out at the back.

William Carvalho and Sebastián Coates are free to play for Sporting having completed their suspensions, but both are slight fitness doubts. Other than that duo though the visitors have few major concerns heading into this clash.

Diego Simeone's men are on a magnificent run at home at present winning 14 of their last 16, including their last eight on the spin. We expect them to make that nine in a row here, with the combination of the returning Antoine Griezmann and their resolute defence being too much for Sporting to overcome.

Prediction: Atletico Madrid 3 - 0 Sporting CP


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots: 13 - 10
Shots on target: 6 - 2
Corner Kicks: 8 - 3
Possession: 42% - 58%

Three bookings apiece here. Saul Niguez, Stefan Savic and Koke having their names taken for the home side and Fabio Coentrao, Cristiano Piccini and Bas Dost making their way into Sergei Karasev's notebook for Sporting.

Fans were still taking their seats for this one when Atletico took the lead. Going direct straight from the kick off and the ball making its way to Diego Costa on the edge of the area. Costa played in Koke who found himself with only the keeper to beat and found the bottom corner via Rui Patricio's body.

It was nearly two after just two minutes, Patricio this time producing an excellent save to deny Diego Godin's header from a corner. Sporting on the ropes.

One thing not to do at the Wander Metropolitano is gift the ball to Antoine Griezmann around 25 yards from goal. Unfortunately for Sporting that's exactly what they did in the 40th minute. The Frenchman needing no second invitation to race through on goal and slot into the bottom corner.

Costa should have made it three almost immediately in the second half, springing the offside trap to find himself in acres with only the keeper to beat. His attempt at rounding the keeper failed though.

The games remaining chances came mainly from set-pieces and long-range efforts. 2-0 final score.

Sporting enjoyed a lot of possession for the away side here, without ever really threatening to breach the Atletico defensive fortress.

Overall Atletico will be happy to take this result into the second leg given how comfortable they are at the back and knowing that should they manage to get on the scoresheet in Lisbon, Sporting will need to score four times to progress due to the away goals rule.

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