Champions League Tips: Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid to resist

Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin remains one of the very best in the Champions League
Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin remains one of the very best in the Champions League

Michael Lintorn anticipates clean sheets for Spain's capital clubs in their final Champions League group games...


"The sole goal that Atletico Madrid have leaked over the course of their past seven games came when the reserves made the trip to third-tier Reus Deportiu in the Copa del Rey, and they still won that 2-1."

Recommended Bet: Back Atletico Madrid to keep a clean sheet away to Benfica @ 2.588/5

All matches kick-off on Tuesday at 19:45


Benfica 3.9 v Atletico Madrid 2.265/4; The Draw 3.259/4
Live on BT Sport Extra 5

In a sentence that has surely never been written before, Phil Neville made Atletico Madrid's weekend, helping Valencia to hold Barcelona at the weekend to leave the unlikely 2013/14 champions within two points of the top.

Second is where they rest in Champions League Group C too, and their only means of remedying that is by avenging what Benfica did to them at the Vicente Calderon and triumphing at the iconic Estadio da Luz.

Six wins in a row suggests that they have the momentum with which to fulfil such a task, particularly because the sole goal that they have leaked over the course of their past seven games came when the reserves made the trip to third-tier Reus Deportiu in the Copa del Rey, and they still won that 2-1.

Benfica have previous for firing blanks in some of their biggest matches of this first campaign without Jorge Jesus, being shut out twice by the veteran coach's new club Sporting Lisbon, as well as Porto and Arouca.

Recommended Bet: Back Atletico Madrid to keep a clean sheet @ 2.588/5


Real Madrid 1.111/9 v Malmo FF 36.035/1; The Draw 13.012/1
Live on BT Sport Extra 3

This is Malmo FF's final Champions League outing of the season, and therefore one last opportunity to cash in on this writer's favourite trend - the Swedish side's utter contempt for the concept of both teams to score.

Sixteen of their last 18 fixtures in the competition, among them all six since the closing week of August, rewarded those who backed the "no" option in that market, including all five of their Group A ties.

Real Madrid aren't in their hottest clean-sheet form of 2015/16 right now, obtaining two in nine games, but there were nine in 11 prior to that and they have conceded zero in four of their five European contests, including each of the two at the Bernabeu. Malmo FF have netted one in five.

Recommended Bet: Back both teams to score? No @ 1.824/5


Sevilla 2.6813/8 v Juventus 2.962/1; The Draw 3.412/5
Live on BT Sport Extra 2

Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid may be heading for some continental clean sheets, yet neither Sevilla nor Juventus should be too optimistic of following suit.

Despite the Europa League holders' step up to the Champions League proving desperately disappointing, they have been silenced just once, firing seven times, with four of those coming in the two that they hosted. They were breached 11 times across the most recent four though.

Their visitors have also notched on both of their trips abroad in Group D without hushing either of the clubs who welcomed them.

Recommended Bet: Back both teams to score @ 1.9310/11


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