Bayer Leverkusen vs. Atletico Madrid: Champions League Last 16 First Leg – Match Preview

Last season’s finalists Atletico Madrid travel to face Bayer Leverkusen in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday evening.

Leverkusen have had a mixed league campaign, however they did ease to a 3-1 success away at Augsburg on Friday night.

The German side finished second behind Monaco in the group stage, taking four points off English side Tottenham.

Atletico Madrid topped a group containing Bayern Munich, with a win at home to the Germans their stand out result.

Kevin Gameiro scored a five minute hat-trick as Atletico secured a late 4-1 win away at Sporting Gijon on the weekend.

Champions League form: Bayer Leverkusen W2 D3 L0; Atletico Madrid W4 D0 L1
Champions League top scorers
Bayer Leverkusen – Eight players on 1 goals
Atletico Madrid – Antoine Griezmann 3 goals

Team news
Hakan Calhanoglu is ineligible for the remainder of the campaign after a contract issue at a former club saw him receive a four month ban.

Jonathan Tah has been ruled out for the hosts, with Aleksandar Dragovic likely to deputise.

Jan Oblak is out for Atletico which is a huge blow, meaning Miguel Moya will start in goal.

Gameiro is likely to start after following his weekend hat-trick, with Fernando Torres dropping out.

Expected starting XI’s
Bayer Leverkusen (4-4-2): Leno; Henrichs, Toprak, Dragovic, Wendell; Kampl, Baumgartlinger, Aranguiz, Brandt; Hernandez, Kiessling
Atletico Madrid (4-4-2): Moya; Vrsaljko, Savic, Godin, Felipe Luis; Koke, Saul, Gabi, Carrasco; Griezmann, Gameiro

Predictions

Result: Draw (9/4 with Betfair)

Correct Score: 0-0 (7/1 with William Hill)

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