- Atletico have kept clean sheets in four of their last five home matches in all competitions.
- Atletico were unbeaten in 35 of their last 36 competitive home fixtures.
- Lokomotiv conceded exactly two goals in two of their first three Champions League group matches this season.
Crucial Group A contest in Madrid
While defending champions Bayern Munich are running away with top spot in Group A, second place is very much up for grabs, though Atletico can make a strong push for the runners up position with a win over Lokomotiv Moscow this week.
With a haul of four points from three Champions League fixtures, Atletico have been very hit and miss in Europe’s elite club competition so far, and while their loss to Bayern in Germany on match-day one wasn’t entirely unexpected, Diego Simeone wouldn’t have anticipated dropping points in a draw with Lokomotiv in Russia on match-day three.
Atletico have an opportunity to make an immediate amends for that poor result in the Spanish capital on Wednesday evening however, and having won each of their last two matches to nil, Los Colchoneros look well placed to succeed this week.
Simeone’s robust rearguard kept their visitors out in four of their last five assignments at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in fact, and with Atletico’s notoriously mean defence looking at the top of their game, the La Liga giants look worth backing to nil again this week, while our correct score prediction tips the hosts to run out 2-0 victors.
While Lokomotiv have yet to win a game in Group A, Marko Nikolić have yet to concede more than two goals in a single contest, and with Atletico’s superb defensive record also a factor, a 2-0 scoreline looks a great fit at the prices quoted.