Atletico Madrid vs. FC Porto Pick & Prediction NOV 1st 2022

Stadium: Estadio do Dragao Porto
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Porto vs Atlético Madrid: duel of opposite realities

The group stage of the Champions League comes to an end and football surprises remain the order of the day, proving that it is one of the most balanced tournaments in the world, taking into account that many candidate teams were left with no chance of advancing to the round of 16, while others achieved the goal despite not being favourites. Indeed, this trend will occur next Tuesday at the Estadio do Dragao when Porto hosts Diego Simeone's Atlético Madrid at home.

On the one hand, the Dragoes Azuis asserted their favoritism in sports predictions and secured their qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League. However, the last day may mean finishing in first place to avoid the most powerful in the round of 16. To achieve the goal, Porto will have to keep all three points and hope that leaders Bruges do not get a win against Bayer Leverkusen.

For his part, Diego Pablo Simeone's colchonero became the great disappointment of sports forecasts that gave him the clear favorite to advance to the next phase. However, Atlético Madrid ran out of mathematical chances to achieve the main objective and now they will have to settle for playing in the Europa League, although to do so they will have to keep the three points as a visitor.

Last Porto matches

Sergio Conceicao transformed Porto into a tough nut to crack. Although it is true that at the beginning of the season the team emerged as one of the favorites to stay in the group along with Atlético Madrid, some surprising results kept it away from first place.

Interestingly, the Blue Dragons failed to become strong at home and lost points to a rival who was not a priori favorite as the current leader Brugge. Despite this, Conceicao convinced his players that the objective depended purely and exclusively on them, regardless of what Atlético Madrid would do.

This is how Porto secured their classification to the round of 16 with defensive solidity as a flag -except for the game at home against Bruges- while they knew how to take advantage of the right moments to hit their rivals with great effectiveness.

Porto currently has 9 points in Group A as a result of 3 wins and two losses in five games played, where it scored 10 goals and conceded six. In the debut, Porto fell 2-1 away to Atlético Madrid in a logical result for sports betting . Subsequently, the Blue Dragons lost 0-4 at home against Bruges and when everything seemed to be a sporting failure, the team rose from the ashes with three consecutive victories: 2-0 at home against Bayer Leverkusen, 0-3 away against the same rival and a 0-4 win also as a visitor against the leader Brugge.

Now, Porto will have to keep the three points at home that will allow them to dream of first place in Group A, although for this they will have to wait for Bruges to stumble against Bayer Leverkusen, in Germany, which seems feasible.

Last Atletico Madrid matches

The cycle of Diego Pablo Simeone at the head of the Colchonero is going through one of its most fragile moments. Although the Argentine coach became a historical benchmark for the institution due to his achievements, football lives in the present and the fans do not hide their disappointment.

Atlético Madrid became a defensively weak team, with little weight in the middle of the field of play and inexperience when scoring goals. The weak performances of key pieces such as Griezmann, José María Giménez or Morata prevented Colchonero from achieving the goal of advancing to the round of 16, despite being the favorites in sports betting.

Indeed, the Colchonero will now have to settle for qualifying for the Europa League, a fact that has not yet been consummated since they will have to keep a win as a visitor and hope that Bayer Leverkusen does not add the three points.

So far, Atlético Madrid's campaign in the Champions League has been a resounding failure, garnering 5 points in the same number of games with just one win, two draws and the same number of defeats. Likewise, the Colchonero only converted 4 goals, while he received 7, which reflects the unprecedented defensive weaknesses for a Simeone team.

In the debut, Atlético Madrid beat Porto 2-1 at home. They then lost 2-0 to Bayer Leverkusen and Club Brugge, drew against the Belgian side at home and then drew 2-2 at home against the Germans in a result that eliminated them from the tournament.

Background between both

Atlético Madrid and Porto played 9 matches in the Champions League with 4 Colchoneros wins, three draws and 2 wins for the Blue Dragons. Likewise, at the Estadio do Dragao they met 4 times with two away wins for Atlético Madrid, a draw and a local win for Porto.

One thing to keep in mind for the Champions League predictions is that the last clash between the two at the Estadio do Dragao was a 1-3 away win for Atlético Madrid in the 2021-2022 season when they shared Group B .

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Mehdi Taremi is Porto's top scorer with 4 goals accumulated in the Champions League. For his part, Galeno scored two goals, while Uribe, Sanusi and Evanilson each have one goal and can lose level at any time.

The magnifying glass on…

Yannick Ferreira Carrasco scored a goal in Colchonero's last game and is the main favorite of the Champions League predictions to score against Porto. Likewise, Hermoso, Griezmann and De Paul also have a goal and can surprise the Portuguese defense.

Sports bets

The main bookmakers take the local victory of the Blue Dragons for granted. Indeed, the victory of Porto offers a price of 2.40, placing the tie at 3.40 and the away victory of Atlético Madrid at 2.75.

If both teams convert, the sum to be received will be 1.80, while the favorite result is a 1-1 draw between the two whose odds are 6.50. Likewise, an interesting combination is that of Porto 1-0 at halftime and final result whose sum amounts to 15.00.

Finally, if Morata opens or closes the scoring, the fee to be received will be 6.00, while Taremi's goal at any time offers 3.40.

Schedules and television

Argentina: Tuesday 2:45 p.m. Star+.

Brazil: 2:45 p.m. HBOMax.

Colombia: 12:45 p.m. Star+.

Mexico: 12:45 p.m. HBO Max.

United States: 1:34 p.m. Paramount+, VIX+ and TUDN APP.

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