Betting preview: Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid - Spaniards can make their mark at Anfield

The Reds won the first meeting in Madrid but Diego Simeone's La Liga champions can cause the hosts problems on Wednesday night and earn a draw.

Despite being drawn in this year's 'Group of Death', Liverpool have made a superb start to their Champions League campaign.

They've won three out of three in Group B, fighting back to beat Milan 3-2 at Anfield and then scoring away wins against Porto and Atletico Madrid.

They thrashed the former 5-1 and then rode their luck a little to score a 3-2 victory at Atletico after surrendering an early 2-0 lead.

When, where and how to watch

When: Wednesday, November 3rd, 8pm GMT

Where: Anfield

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Best bets for Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid

Draw at 3/1

2-2 Correct Score at 12/1

Thomas Lemar to score anytime at 6/1

Sadio Mane to score anytime at 29/20

While Liverpool are looking good in top spot with nine points out of nine, Atletico appear to be in a battle with Porto for the second qualifying position.

Both have four points although Porto will have home advantage in the second game against Atletico.

That means defeat in Liverpool for Diego Simeone's side will leave them in a dangerous position, especially if Porto win in Milan.

The good news for the visitors is that they have some positive recent memories at Anfield.

Last three meetings

Atletico Madrid 2-3 Liverpool (Champions League - October 19, 2021)

A double from Mo Salah helped Liverpool to an incident-packed 3-2 win in Spain and tightened their grip on the group.

The Reds burst into a 2-0 lead inside 13 minutes thanks to a deflected left-foot strike from Salah and a thumping volley from Naby Keita.

But Atletico rallied and a double from Antoine Griezmann after 20 and 34 restored parity before the Frenchman went from hero to villain after being sent off for a high boot on 52.

The drama continued and Salah slotted home his second from the spot and it proved the winner although only after VAR denied Atletico a late penalty after the referee had originally given it.

Liverpool 2-3 Atletico Madrid AET (Champions League - March 11, 2020)

Played against the backdrop of a looming COVID crisis, Liverpool's Champions League title defence was ended on a night of high drama at Anfield.

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, the Reds levelled the tie after 43 minutes through Gini Wijnaldum and had numerous chances to kill Atleti off before the tie went to extra time.

Robert Firmino put Liverpool 2-0 in front and 2-1 ahead on aggregate before they capitulated.

A Marcos Llorente double changed the atmosphere in the stadium and Alvaro Morata added a third at the end to secure a crazy 3-2 win and send the men from Madrid into the last eight 4-2 on aggregate.

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Liverpool (Champions League - February 18, 2020)

The Estadio Metropolitano held special memories for Liverpool fans after they beat Spurs in the 2019 Champions League final held there the previous June.

But there was to be no happy return in 2020 when Atletico squeezed the life out of the match after taking an early lead.

Saul Niguez's fourth-minute strike proved the difference and the home side's clean sheet would prove significant later in the tie.

All-time head-to-heads

Liverpool wins: 2

Atletico Madrid wins: 3

Draws: 2

Liverpool goals: 9

Atletico Madrid goals: 10

More goals on the cards at Anfield

Since losing 3-2 to Liverpool last month, Atleti have played out a pair of 2-2 draws (home to Sociedad and away to Levante) and beaten Real Betis 3-0.

That shows two things: they're scoring plenty of goals (11 in the last five) but also look unusually vulnerable at the back after shipping seven in the last four.

Liverpool had the huge high of that 5-0 win at Old Trafford but Brighton exposed some defensive frailties at the weekend when fighting back to deservedly draw 2-2 after the Reds had roared into an early 2-0 lead.

On the outrights, Liverpool are just 8/13 with Planet Sport Bet, while The Draw is 3/1 and Atletico Madrid 4/1.

One setback for the visitors is that they'll be without Griezmann following his red card last time.

He'd scored twice in that game and his movement caused Liverpool big problems.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

However, former Liverpool hero Luis Suarez, who was only a sub in the first encounter, isn't a bad replacement and he'll be desperate to ruffle feathers after his previous return to Anfield resulted in that haunting 4-0 loss for Barcelona.

While Liverpool are on an unbeaten 24-game run, their best work this season has been done away from home.

At Anfield they've conceded twice against Brighton, Manchester City and Milan and also been held 1-1 by 10-man Chelsea.

It means in the Premier League they've drawn three of their five home matches and that's the way I'm leaning this time.

The 3/1 for a stalemate looks big and given how both sides have been involved in several 2-2 draws this season, that scoreline also appeals.

The 2-2 is 12/1.

Best goalscorer bets for Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid

Griezmann's absence is a blow as I fancied him for a goal given what he did in the first match.

Suarez is 21/10 to score anytime but I'll take a punt on Thomas Lemar at 6/1.

The Frenchman was impressive in the first meeting and has scored two goals in his last five matches.

He netted a late winner at Espanyol and scored the opener in a 2-0 victory over Barcelona.

Salah's incredible goalscoring run came to an end against Brighton although it's still easy to argue that the 17/20 for him to score anytime is worth a punt.

But I prefer Sadio Mane anytime at 29/20.

Sadio Mane has been in the goals.
Sadio Mane has been in the goals.

The Senagalese frontman has seven in 13 for Liverpool this season and has scored in each of his last three home games.

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