The Guide to Wednesday

Atletico Madrid v. Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@Vicente Calderón Stadium; Madrid, Spain)

After a 4-2 away victory for Atletico Madrid in the first leg in Germany the pressure is on Leverkusen to produce in this one.  However Leverkusen has been riding the struggle bus hard lately, Sacking manager Roger Schmidt for Tayfun Korkut leading to a 1-1 home draw v. a much weaker Werber Bremen side.  All the tides are turned here for the German side and I think the fire power of Atletico will be way too fierce on home turf for Bayer (proving that way in the first leg when Bayer was actually the home team). With what seems to be all of their significant defenders out for the match, there will be immense problems on the back-end for Leverkusen which will ultimately lead to a dominating performance by this Madrid side.  Even though Atletico will advance with a draw, I do not think they will be satisfied going into the next round in that form and will also want to perform for the home crowd.  Look for Leverkusen to be over-run by the strong Spanish side.

PICK: Atletico Madrid to win. (-190)

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