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Atleti poised to beat Foxes at home

Atletico Madrid welcome Leicester City at Vicente Calderon in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.

Diego Simeone’s side are heavily favored in this game since they have been one of the best teams in the most prestigious European competition this season.

Last season’s runners-up hold a league-best six wins in eight games in the Champions League, with only one loss to blemish their card, and that was tight-fought 0-1 loss to German giants Bayern Munich.

COMBO

Two biggest factors to Rojiblancos’ recent successes are their Argentine boss and their home stadium in the Spanish capital.

Under Simeone, Atleti have won 16 out of their 21 Champions League matches played at Calderon, and have recorded 15 clean sheets in their last 17 fixtures at home.

They are unbeaten in nine home games in the knockout stages with five wins, and have reached the Last Eight of the tourney for the fourth consecutive season.

Atleti reached the finals twice, in 2014 and 2016, but lost both times to cross-town rivals Real Madrid. They lost 1-4 in Lisbon in 2014, and via penalties in Milan last year.

IT GETS HARDER

Leicester City overcame a 1-2 first leg loss to kick-out Sevilla and reach the quarter-final round but they are bound to face tougher opponents while facing injury problems and potential booking dilemma.

The Foxes are to miss the services of Captain Wes Morgan, the rock of their defense who has been out for month due to a back injury, and Wilfred Ndidi is questionable though he has already practiced with the team.

Also, the English champions have their away record working against them, as they have only one win in four away games in the Champions League, with one draw and two losses. Their only victory came against Belgian side Club Brugge.

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