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UCL: Loko vs Atleti


Atletico Madrid will look to win successive Champions League titles as they travel to Russia to face Lokomotiv Moscow. Diego Simeone's team is currently 2nd in Group A with 3 points from 2 matches in the tournament, while Lokomotiv is 3rd with 1 point after 2 opening matches.

Lokomotiv will once again be without Mikhail Lysov's service, but is expected to be in good form in terms of injury, and Anton Miranchuk was on the scoresheet against Bayern and should once again support Ze Luis at The last third of the field, while Fedor Smolov is also expected to be involved. Vedran Corluka and Grzegorz Krychowiak should also start for Lokomotiv, who have lost 7 of their last 8 home matches in Europe. Lokomotiv kicked off their Champions League campaign with an impressive 1 point away from Red Bull Salzburg before losing 2-1 to Bayern Munich last week, with a total of 1 point making them 3rd place in the group. . This is the third consecutive year that Lokomotiv has participated in the Champions League group stage, but they have ranked at the bottom of the table in the last two seasons.

Diego Costa, Yannick Carrasco and Sime Vrsaljko are still sidelined due to injury, while Saul Niguez remains a doubt and unlikely to risk unless he is fully fit. Luis Suarez was not involved in Saturday's win over Osasuna, but the Uruguay international will return to the starting lineup for this match, with the experienced striker joining Felix in the attack. Marcos Llorente, Lucas Torreira and Angel Correa are also expected to feature in the starting line-up, while Jose Gimenez has returned from an injury against Osasuna and should now start alongside Stefan Savic in the center of the defense. Atletico kicked off the European campaign with a 4-0 defeat to Bayern in Germany but managed to recover last week, scoring a 3-2 victory over Salzburg to win 3 key points. The capital side had a 2-1 lead in the first half of the second half at the Wanda Metropolitano but Felix scored 2 goals to preserve the victory over the Austrian club. Atletico are also doing well in Spain's top league, having won all their last 3 games, including a 3-1 win over Osasuna on Saturday to take third place, behind top team Real Madrid 2. points when there is a match. They reached the quarter-finals in 5 of their last 7 Champions League campaigns, including last season, when they were eliminated by RB Leipzig with a 2-1 defeat. Interestingly, Atletico never lost in Russia, winning 5 of their 7 games, including a 2-0 win over Lokomotiv last season and a 5-1 win over rivals in Moscow in the Europa League. 2017-18. 




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