Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker, Michael Owen, has predicted Actual Madrid to beat Atalanta in tonight’s UEFA Champions League last-16, first-leg conflict at Atleti Azzurri d’Italia in Bergamo, Italy.
Owen additionally predicted Pep Guardiola’s Manchester Metropolis to beat Borussia Monchengladbach at Puskás Aréna in Budapest, Hungary.
Offering his predictions, Owen informed BetVictor: “After racking up 4 wins in a row, Actual Madrid are beginning to resemble the Los Blancos’ we’ve all turn out to be accustomed to. Messrs Modric, Kroos and Casemiro have all come alive and regardless of being on the point of exiting this event within the group levels, they now should be thought-about as outright contenders.
“Nonetheless, first, they need to overcome a tough knockout tie towards Atalanta. The Serie A facet is understood for his or her attacking aptitude and are available into this in good type.
“The Italians have misplaced simply one in every of their final 11 house video games, profitable eight. What’s extra, they’ve scored at the very least three objectives in 9 of these matches.
“Normally, first leg ties could be cagey, however I don’t assume this would be the case right here. If Atalanta goes for it, I feel they’ll go away themselves open on the again. If that materialises, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Actual Madrid take full benefit and journey again to the Spanish capital with a win. Atalanta 1, Actual Madrid 2.”
Talking on the Monchengladbach vs Manchester Metropolis recreation, Owen stated, “Borussia Monchengladbach earned themselves plaudits within the group levels and rightfully so. Nonetheless, the Bundesliga facet has misplaced two of their final three matches. That’s not the kind of type you need with Manchester Metropolis on the horizon.
“Metropolis are actually gathering momentum. There isn’t any denying the UEFA Champions League is a precedence not only for Pep however for the membership homeowners.
“This season could signify their greatest likelihood of touchdown it, and with that in thoughts, I feel they are going to be nicely up for this.
“I’m anticipating one other sturdy Metropolis efficiency and assume they’ll take a win again to the Etihad. Monchengladbach 0, Manchester Metropolis 2.”
The kick-off time for all of the video games is 9 pm, Nigerian time.