Manchester United vs Atletico Madrid Prediction, Picks and Game Preview - 02/23/2022

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 3:00 pm ET, Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Venue:  Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain.
Where to Watch:  CBS


Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

Bet365:  Moneyline:  Man Utd +220, Draw +225, Atletico +130; Over/Under:  2.25 goals

Season Record

Manchester United:  13-7-6 (4th place, Premier League)
Atletico Madrid:  12-6-7 (5th place, La Liga)
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Manchester United vs Atletico Madrid Preview and Analysis

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Manchester United:  WWDDD
Atletico Madrid:  WLWLW

Manchester United Analysis

Man Utd is coming into this match playing in good form in their recent matches. They have won their last 2 straight matches and they only have 1 loss in their last 9 matches, collecting 5 wins and 3 draws in that span. When playing away from home, they do not have a loss in their last 8 matches, collecting 4 wins and 4 draws in that span. They have been trending to the under in their recent matches as well. They have gone under 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches. When playing away from home, they have actually gone over 2.5 goals in 3 of their last 4 matches but had gone under 2.5 goals in 3 straight prior to those last 4 away matches. In the group stage of Champions League, they finished in 1st place with a 3-2-1 record and they had scored 11 goals in their 6 matches while allowing 8 goals. When playing away from home, they were only 1-1-1 and they had scored 5 goals in 3 matches while allowing 4 goals.

Atletico Madrid Analysis

Atletico Madrid is coming into this match playing in alright form recently but they have been very inconsistent. They have won 2 of their last 3 matches and 3 of their last 5 but have lost 4 of their last 7. When playing at home, they have won 2 of their last 3 matches and 3 of their last 5 but again they have lost 4 of their last 7. They have been trending to the over in their recent matches. They have gone over 2.5 goals in 4 of their last 5 matches and in 7 of their last 9. When playing at home, they have gone over 2.5 goals in 3 of their last 4 matches and in 4 of their last 6. They have only scored 7 goals in their 6 matches of the Champions League group stage which just passed but their defense has been good as they have only allowed 8 goals in those 6 matches. When playing in their 3 home matches, they did not even get a win losing 2 matches and 1 draw, and they only scored 2 goals in those 3 matches while allowing 4.


Manchester United vs Atletico Madrid Prediction

Manchester United have been playing well recently and are coming off of a needed win in the Premier League in their last match but they have not been playing that well on defense. Their recent matches have been going under a lot but they have been blowing late leads in a lot of these matches and have been dropping a lot of points with draws in matches they should have won and even had the lead with 20 minutes to go. They are going up against an Atletico side that has not been playing well recently or very consistently but they have been good when playing at home. Atletico has been allowing a lot of goals recently as well and with Man Utd and their bad defense recently, there will likely be some goals scored in this match. These teams are pretty evenly matched here and even being at home against a team like Man Utd will not give Atletico much of an advantage here. This match will likely end in a draw going back to Manchester for the 2nd leg of this matchup.
Manchester United Atletico Madrid Prediction:  Our SOCCER Pick for Wednesday, February 23, 2022 (3:00 pm ET start time) is Man Utd 2 Atletico 2.
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Key Injuries

Manchester United:  Eric Bailly (CB) Ankle Injury. Nemanja Matic (CDM) Shinbone injury. Edinson Cavani (CF) groin strain. Raphaël Varane (CB) Stomach complaints. Mason Greenwood (RW) Suspended.
Atletico Madrid:  Antoine Griezmann (ST) Muscle Injury. Daniel Wass (CM) Ligament Injury. Thomas Lemar (CAM) Corona virus. Matheus Cunha (CF) Knee Injury. Benjamin Lecomte (GK) Corona virus.

Notable Quotes

“This is the crunch time of the season and it is very important in the league to get some momentum. As a team we believe we can win the Champions League.” - Luke Shaw on his belief that they can win the Champions League this year.
“We are facing a 14-game league in which there will be seven teams with the opportunity to enter the Champions League. We are staying united and looking for ways out of difficult moments like we had in (in 2020), when we had one point more than today, we were sixth, and we finished third.” - Diego Simeone on keeping his team united through tough times.

Predicted XI

Manchester United
David De Gea, Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, Raphaël Varane, Diogo Dalot, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Atletico Madrid 
Jan Oblak, Reinildo Isnard Mandava, Felipe, Stefan Savić, Marcos Llorente, Thomas Lemar, Koke, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Ángel Correa, Matheus Cunha, Luis Suárez.

Statistical Leaders

Manchester United
Goals: Cristiano Ronaldo (6)
Assists: Bruno Fernandes (6)
Saves: David de Gea (17)
Atletico Madrid
Goals: Antoine Griezmann (4)
Assists: Antoine Griezmann (1)
Saves: Jan Oblak (18)
Manchester United: Ralf Rangnick
Atletico Madrid: Diego Simeone

Amedeus Mastrangelo

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Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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