Preview - Atlético Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund 07 November 18

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Champions' League Group A
Atlético Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund
Wednesday, November 7th 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano

Atlético Madrid: 
Last five matches form: D L W W D
Average goals per match: 1.18
Average goals against per match: 0.55
Top Scorer: Antoine Griezmann (3)

Borussia Dortmund:
Last five matches form: W W D W W
Average goals per match: 3.00
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Paco Alcácer (7)

It's a top of the table clash in Group A in the Champions League this week as second placed Atlético Madrid welcome Borussia Dortmund to the Wanda Metropolitano.

Borussia Dortmund currently sit atop the Bundesliga and have been perfect in this competition so far, winning all three games to date. The latest of those victories came in what was just about the most eye-catching score-line of the round last time out when dismantling todays opposition 4-0 at the Westfalenstadion.

Atlético Madrid are a side who pride themselves on having one of the best defences in the business and are very rarely taken apart to the extent they were in Germany two weeks ago. Revenge will likely be on the minds of Diego Simeone's men here.

Atlético are unbeaten in three since that defeat to Borussia and have been back to their usual solid selves in conceding just once in those three games. They have also lost just once in their past 15 Champions League games at home.

Borussia are now unbeaten in 18 games in all competitions. Whilst they have won two and drawn one since that win over Atlético, they haven't been quite at their best in recent weeks.

No confirmed absentees for Atlético at present but Diego Godin, Diego Costa and Koke are all rated as doubtful. Macel Schmelzer and Shinji Kagawa are out for Borussia.

Borussia are on a good run, but this is a mightily tough place to get a result. Atlético will surely have learned plenty from their defeat to the German side and are fancied to turn the tables in front of their own fans.

Prediction: Atlético Madrid 2 - 1 Borussia Dortmund


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  15 - 4
Shots on target: 9 - 0
Corner Kicks: 7 - 4
Possession: 41% - 59%

Jadon Sancho, Manuel Akanji and Marco Reus were all booked for Borussia Dortmund in this one, with referee Daniele Orsato also taking the name of Angel Correa of Atlético.

This was much more like the Atlético Madrid we know. Having been taken apart in Dortmund two weeks ago, they were simply magnificent at the back here back in front of their own fans, preventing one of the in-form attacking sides on the continent from registering even a single effort on target over the course of ninety minutes. That defensive solidity - as it so often does - provided the platform for what was a pretty comfortable win in the end.

Atlético struck once in each half here with the opening goal coming in the 33rd minute. Slick and speedy attack from the home side, with Saul playing a one-two with Filipe Luis on the edge of the area and firing towards the bottom right corner from around twelve yards. Manuel Akanji managed to get in the way but was only able to divert the ball into his own net. Saul's effort was on target though, so he will be given the goal. 1-0 at the break.

Whilst it stood at just 1-0 there was always a chance that Dortmund could get back into this but Atlético finally made sure of the points in the 80th minute when striking on the counter. Thomas receiving the ball on the left-hand side and wasting no time in finding Antoine Griezmann through the middle. With two defenders at his back and the keeper coming out to meet him, Griezmann still had plenty to do but finished excellently when rolling the ball into the bottom right.

Atlético are now tied at the top of Group A with Borussia, with nine points apiece.

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