The Champions League quarterfinals officially begin this week as eight teams continue to battle it out for the ultimate prize in May. On Tuesday, 2021 finalists Manchester City welcome Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid to the Etihad Stadium for a first leg encounter. This is the first-ever meeting between the two sides, although Pep Guardiola and Simeone have gone toe to toe before in their managerial careers.
Both clubs come into this fixture in fine form. City is unbeaten in seven across all competitions, most recently defeating Burnley 2-0 over the weekend thanks to goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan. Manchester City also soared past Sporting Lisbon in the UCL Round of 16, winning 5-0 on aggregate. As for Atleti, they’ve won six in a row in La Liga and seven overall, securing a 4-1 victory at the weekend against Alaves, with Joao Felix and Luis Suarez both scoring two goals apiece.
The Spanish title-holders also ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United’s hopes of a Champions League run last month, beating the Red Devils 2-1 on aggregate. They’re just the second team ever to clash with both Manchester teams in the knockouts, with Juventus previously doing so in 1976-77. The Old Lady went on to win the UEFA cup that year.
That being said, here is all the info you need to know for Man City vs Atletico Madrid Live Stream: Time, Team News, Prediction, and How to watch Champions League 2022 match Online for free and more.
Man City vs Atletico Madrid start time and TV channel
What time does the game start?
The game is set to kick off at 3 PM EST on Tuesday, April 5th.
Where is the game being played?
The match will take place at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.
How to watch Man City vs Atletico Madrid Live Stream?
Man City defender Kyle Wallker is back from suspension, whilst Ruben Dias and Cole Palmer are still on the sidelines.
Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco is back from suspension, whilst Hector Herrera and Jose Gimenez are both injured.
Predicted Atletico Madrid XI: Oblak; Savic, Felipe, Reinildo; Vrsaljko, Llorente, Koke, Lemar, Lodi; Griezmann, Felix
Predicted Man City XI: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Cancelo; Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Foden, Sterling
The betting markets have City as the favourites for this Champions League match, and understandably so.
- Atletico Madrid to win: 18/5
- Draw: 13/5
- Manchester City to win: 3/4
Playing Atletico Madrid away will be very tough for City, but the 1-0 lead they have is huge against the La Liga side. We see it being a very nervy affair, with the Premier League side advancing on the night.
Prediction: Atletico Madrid 1-2 Manchester City.