Champions League Group B kicks off on Wednesday night at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium as Atletico Madrid host FC Porto on matchday 1. Atletico Madrid are a slightly new-look side having spent a good sum of cash in the summer to bring in Rodrigo De Paul, Antoine Griezmann, and Matheus Cunha.

Atletico Madrid vs Porto Match Preview

Los Rojiblancos haven’t had a lot of success in the Champions League since 2016-17 when the team reached the semifinals. Since then, Atletico Madrid have not gone further than the quarterfinals in the competition.

FC Porto are up first for the reigning La Liga champions. The Blue and White are unbeaten in five games to start the season. Despite their strong start, FC Porto are fourth in the Primeira Liga standings. Sérgio Conceição’s team reached the quarterfinals of the 2020-21 Champions League tournament where they were knocked out by Chelsea.

Atletico and Porto have a brief history in European competition having met six times in the Champions League previously. The teams have split those six games with two wins, two draws, and two losses apiece.

Atletico Madrid vs Porto Betting Odds

 

 

Atletico Marid and FC Porto are in the Champions League group of death. The two Iberian Peninsula clubs are joined by Liverpool and AC Milan. Group B is wide open going into matchday 1 of the competition. Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid are favourite to win the game on Wednesday night versus FC Porto. Atletico Madrid are at the best betting odds of 3/5 to claim a victory at home.

 

FC Porto have done well in the Champions League in recent seasons. The Dragons knocked out Juventus in the round of 16 in a brilliant game. Atletico Madrid are known for their defence under Simeone. However, Atletico Madrid have conceded four times in four games. Three of their four La Liga matches have seen both teams scoring. FC Porto could get on the scoresheet at the Wanda Metropolitano, which is something many football fans may not have said a few seasons ago.

Leading bookies’ best betting odds on an Atletico Madrid win are at 6/1. The Dragons are long shots to get an away victory, which is a shock going into matchday 1.

Bookies have Liverpool as the favourite to win Group B at the best betting odds of 21/20. Atletico Madrid are second-favourite to win Group B at the best betting odds of 2/1. Meanwhile, AC Milan have the betting odds of 11/2 and FC Porto are at the betting odds of 12/1 to win Group B.

Atletico Madrid vs Porto Team News

Simeone has no injury issues going into matchday 1 at Atletico Madrid. The coach will be without centre-back Stefan Savic, who is suspended after being sent off against Chelsea in last season’s knockout stage of the Champions League. Jose Gimenez will play in defence for Savic.

Simeone uses a back three rather than a back four these days. Gimenez should start alongside Felipe and Mario Hermoso in front of Jan Oblak. Thomas Lemar has suddenly become a very important player at Atletico Madrid after several subpar seasons. He scored the winner against Espanyol at the weekend in the ninth minute of second half stoppage-time.

FC Porto goalkeeper Marchesin is ruled out of the game following knee surgery. Marchesin will be replaced by 21-year-old Diogo Costa in goal. Bruno Costa and Ivan Marcano should start after being hooked at halftime over the weekend against Primeira Liga title rival Sporting CP.

Bruno Costa could ultimately make way for Sergio Oliveira, however. FC Porto are led in goals this season by Luis Diaz and Toni Martinez. The duo has scored three goals in Primeira Liga apiece.

Atletico Madrid vs Porto H2H

Atletico Madrid and FC Porto have met six times previously. Each of those matches were played in the Champions League. The teams split the games with two wins, two draws, and two losses apiece. Their last Champions League meeting came during the 2013-14 campaign. Atletico Madrid won both of those fixtures by a combined 4-1 scoreline, scoring twice in both group stage matches.

At the moment, this is not the defensive, stranglehold team of Atletico’s recent past. They average 1.0 goals conceded a game after four games. It is a small sample size, but thus far, the team’s defence is allowing goals. Jan Oblak is a rock in goal, however. He has face eight shots on target this season in four La Liga matches. Oblak has made four saves in four games.

Atletico Madrid vs Porto Prediction

Both teams to score goals: YES @ 21/20 - BET NOW

 

 

FC Porto are major underdogs at the best betting odds of 6/1. It is a surprise and the Portuguese giants should give Atletico Madrid a strong game in the most difficult group in this season’s Champions League. Three of Atletico Madrid’s four La Liga games this season finished with both teams scoring. FC Porto have had three of five domestic matches end with both teams scoring goals. Our betting tips prediction is to back both teams to score.

 

Antoine Griezmann to score anytime @ 6/4 - BET NOW

 

 

Antoine Griezmann sealed a shock move back to Atletico Madrid on the final day of the transfer window. He never hit his previous heights at Barcelona, but could shine once more with Los Rojiblancos. Griezmann made his Atleti return against Espanyol at the weekend. He played 57 minutes posting two shots but no goals. Wednesday night will see him make his home re-debut after the team played away at the weekend.

 

Over 2.5 goals scored @ 6/5 - BET NOW

 


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Wednesday night’s game in the Spanish capital should be an exciting one. Three of Atletico Madrid’s four games in 2021-22 ended with over 2.5 goals scored. Two of Porto’s five games this season finished with over 2.5 goals scored.

Our betting tips prediction is for a close game between Atletico Madrid and FC Porto with over 2.5 goals scored. The home side, Atletico Madrid, should get the win in the end and claim max points on matchday 1 of Group B.