At least one clean sheet is likely when defensive masters PSV and Atletico Madrid are reunited, says Michael Lintorn...
"Both PSV and Atletico have conceded a single goal apiece to date in 2016/17, across six and three matches respectively."
PSV 5.24/1 v Atletico Madrid 1.8810/11; The Draw 3.55/2
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Atletico Madrid are odds-on for the victory, but there are plenty of reasons to believe that the lay is a more attractive proposition at 1.8910/11.
The most obvious is that these sides clashed twice in the spring in last season's round-of-16 and Diego Simeone's eventual finalists didn't only fail to win both legs, they didn't score in either too, instead requiring a drawn-out penalty shootout success after a pair of goalless draws.
Given that Atletico went on to net in each of their final five games in the competition, against the three tournament favourites Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, it speaks volumes for PSV's resilience.
The Dutch club, whose home figures in the 2015/16 edition were P4 W3 D1 L0 to their guests' P6 W2 D2 L2 away, have also started this campaign stronger, pocketing 13 points from 15 in the Eredivisie while the Colchoneros have been held in two of their three La Liga outings, both times by promoted teams.
Both Teams to Score? No
The stage is set for another low score to follow last term's double stalemate, as both PSV and Atletico have conceded a single goal apiece to date in 2016/17 - across six and three matches respectively - with the hosts on a run of four consecutive clean sheets at all venues.
Under 2.5 goals is priced a touch too restrictively at 1.68/13, so invest in at least one blank being fired instead at the meatier odds of 1.75/7.
Back Both Teams to Score? No @ 1.75/7