Monaco vs Atletico Madrid
Champions League, Day 1
This is group A where Monaco will host Atletico Madrid. My money is on the Spanish side. The boys led by Diego Simeone had great start of the season by winning the UEFA Super Cup in meeting with city rival Real Madrid, 4:2 after over time. But after that the things didn't work exactly as expected in the Spanish LaLiga. Atletico was expected to be contender together with Real and Barcelona but so far games proved the opposite. Atletico has collected only 5 points so far in 4 rounds, they have won just once and are already big 7 pts in deficit for the league leader.
But, I have no doubt Atletico will look much better in the rest of the season. I especially have no doubt that they wont have trouble at the start of the Champions League and overall in this group Atletico should be the best team. It wouldn't be the first time to Atletico under perform in Spain while to look great in the CL.
The good news for Spanish team is that Monaco is not looking good at the start of the new season, not good at all. In France Monaco has won only once in five rounds, collected only 5 pts and is currently on the 15th position.
This definitely has to do with the fact Monaco was and still is in big injury problems. Many players are absent in this team.The goalkeeper Subasic, then in defense Toure, Gabriel and Barreca, in the midfield Lopes, Golovin, in the attack Jovetic, Pellegri and Geubbels.
For Atletico only Savic and Arias in defense and Vitolo in the midfield. In any case, Atletico clearly is the team with much deeper squad.
Monaco vs Atletico Madrid prediction
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