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 grow 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 phases, they now have to be thought-about as outright contenders.
“Nevertheless, first, they have to overcome a tough knockout tie towards Atalanta. The Serie A aspect is understood for his or her attacking aptitude and are available into this in good kind.
“The Italians have misplaced simply considered one of their final 11 dwelling video games, profitable eight. What’s extra, they’ve scored at the very least three targets in 9 of these matches.
“Normally, first leg ties could be cagey, however I don’t suppose this would be the case right here. If Atalanta goes for it, I feel they’ll depart 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 mentioned, “Borussia Monchengladbach earned themselves plaudits within the group phases and rightfully so. Nevertheless, the Bundesliga aspect has misplaced two of their final three matches. That’s not the kind of kind you need with Manchester Metropolis on the horizon.
“Metropolis are actually gathering momentum. There is no such thing as a denying the UEFA Champions League is a precedence not only for Pep however for the membership house owners.
“This season could symbolize their greatest probability of touchdown it, and with that in thoughts, I feel they are going to be properly up for this.
“I’m anticipating one other robust Metropolis efficiency and suppose 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.