If Atlético Madrid take care of business in Germany — and Juventus beat Lokomotiv Moscow away — Diego Simeone’s men will reach the Champions League’s round of 16 for the sixth time in seven years.
As it stands, Atlético have a 97 percent chance to advance past the group stage, and a teetering Bayer Leverkusen side is the foe Wednesday night. While Peter Bosz has recovered several players since the 1-0 loss in Madrid two weeks ago, Leverkusen have only two wins from seven at home this season and one win from the past seven overall. These results somewhat mirror Atleti’s of late — two wins from the past six, scoring a goal per game.
Oblak; Arias, Felipe, Hermoso, Lodi; Thomas, Saúl, Correa, Koke; Costa, Morata.
2-1 Atlético. The mattress makers will notch their first real achievement since the summer rebuild, securing a place in the Champions League knockouts with two games to go. Granted, they may concede from a set piece again and Simeone will need to make changes on the fly (something he’s done with real adeptness this year). Yet, I foresee a successful night against a team three points off Germany’s top three but not playing like it despite phenom Kai Havertz’s presence.
Fun fact — a defender or midfielder has gotten among the goals in each of the past seven Champions League away games where Atlético have scored. Saúl Ñíguez loves facing German opposition and has a goal at BayArena. Food for thought.
Jeremy’s record on the season: 8-7
How to watch
Date: Nov. 6, 2019
Location: BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany
Kickoff time: 9:00 p.m. CET, 8:00 p.m. GMT, 3:00 p.m. EST, 12:00 p.m. PST
Available TV/streaming: Movistar Liga de Campeones (Spain), DAZN (Germany), BT Sport Extra (United Kingdom), B/R Live (United States), Sky Sport Football (Italy), Match TV Game (Russia), DStv Now (Ghana), Viaplay (Sweden), PPTV Sport (China)