Saturday, November 18

UEFA Champions League : Leicester City vs Atletico Madrid Preview

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Leicester City will look to overcome a 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg.

A controversial Antoine Griezmann penalty  is all that separates the two sides heading into the second leg.

Griezmann scored from the spot in the 28th minute after being hauled down by Marc Albrighton; but replays showed contact was made outside the penalty box.

Although they failed to register an important away goal, the tie is far from over. Leicester eliminated Spanish opposition in the previous round after losing the first leg in Spain.

Leicester were outclassed for large parts of the first leg at a fervent Vicente Calderon Stadium. They return to the King Power Stadium with their storied opponents well in their sights after Antoine Griezmann’s solitary goal.

“I think they are betting everything on the second leg,” Atletico’s manager Diego Simeone told reporters after the first leg.

Team News:

Leicester City

Leicester have doubts over Wes Morgan, while Islam Slimani is unlikely to feature due to a groin strain. The defender has missed the Foxes’ last six matches because of a nerve problem in his back. Fellow centre-back Robert Huth is suspended for the game at the King Power Stadium.

Atletico Madrid

France striker Kevin Gameiro missed Atletico’s last five matches with a groin problem, is fit again.

Koke, Saul Niguez, Gabi and Antoine Griezmann return to the side after the weekend victory over Osasuna. Sime Vrsaljko remains a doubt with a knee problem.

Predicted Lineups:

Leicester City – Schmeichel (GK); Simpson; Morgan; Benalouane; Fuchs; Drinkwater; Ndidi; Albrighton; Mahrez; Okazaki; Vardy.

Atletico Madrid – Oblak (GK); Juanfran; Savic; Godin; Filipe Luis; Saul; Carrasco; Gabi; Koke; Torres; Griezmann.

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