Hannover v Atletico Madrid, Thurs 20:05
With the slightest of advantages over their German opposition, Atletico Madrid will travel to the AWD-Arena this week hoping to build on the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final with a second victory over Hannover 96 as Bet365 offer Diego Simeone’s side as odds against to complete the job.
Diego Simeone’s men just about managed a 2-1 win over their German counterparts last week thanks to a last gasp strike from Eduardo Salvio but will need to better that performance if they are to book their spot in the semi-finals of the competition.
Five Atletico players finished the fixture with yellow cards and Hannover fans will feel that their side were unfortunate to not come away with a draw in hand.
Mame Biram Diouf came good to draw level for last week’s visitors after Radamel Falcao opened the scoring for their Spanish hosts and that away goal could prove vital in who progresses in the tournament.
Los Colcheneros may hold a 2-1 advantage going into this week’s second leg but their scoring tally could have ended their when considering how difficult they have found it playing away from home this season.
Atletico have scored an average of just 0.87 goals per game on unfamiliar soil this campaign, failing to net in a worryingly high 47% of those matches.
Their chances look even slimmer when you taken into account the impressive home form of Hannover, who currently sit just outside the top four of the Bundesliga.
Mirko Slomka’s side will undoubtedly be in good spirits after beating Borussia Monchengladbach over the weekend and with a 1-0 home victory proving good enough to see them into the semi-finals, the German outfit will feel more than confident of coming away the happier team.
Atleti captain Antonio Lopez will remain sidelined for this week’s match while Pizzi looks set to join him with a case of gastroenteritis.
Die Roten have yet to lose a home fixture in this year’s Europa League and will feel capable of increasing their five win tally to six when they clash against Atletico on Thursday evening.
It should be an interesting encounter tonight, there also additional Hannover Atletico Madrid odds available.