Champions League

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Jamie Spencer
Atletico striker Luis Suarez will face former club Liverpool
Atletico striker Luis Suarez will face former club Liverpool / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Atletico Madrid and Liverpool go head to head in the Champions League group stage this week and is one of the standout fixtures of matchday three in Europe's elite club competition.

Liverpool cruised to a big win against Watford in the Premier League on Saturday and are second in the standings at this early stage of the season. Reigning La Liga champions Atletico, meanwhile, are three points off the pace in Spain but didn't play at the weekend.

Here's 90min's preview of the game.

How to watch Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool on TV/live stream

What time is kick off? Tuesday 19 October, 20:00 (BST)/21:00 (CEST)
Where is it being played? Wanda Metropolitano
TV channel? BT Sport (UK), Paramount+ (US), DAZN (Canada)
Referee? Daniel Siebert (GER)
VAR? Bastian Dankert (GER)

Atletico Madrid team news

Jose Gimenez
Atletico are sweating on the fitness of Jose Gimenez / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Diego Simeone could be forced into a reshuffle at the back, with Stefan Savic suspended, on top of doubts over Jose Gimenez. That could see Geoffrey Kondogbia forced to fill in.

Marcos Llorente could be involved but may not start after a recent hamstring injury, while summer signing Matheus Cunha is still struggling with an injury too.

Simeone has said that late assessments will be made on Gimenez, Llorente and Cunha.

Liverpool team news

Roberto Firmino
Roberto Firmino could keep his place after a hat-trick on Saturday / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

Jurgen Klopp will have Alisson and Fabinho back in the starting lineup after the Brazilian pair were missing against Watford last time out because of delayed international duty.

Roberto Firmino could keep his starting place after a hat-trick on Saturday, but Thiago Alcantara is not ready to return just yet.

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool predicted lineups

Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Felipe, Kondogbia, Hermoso; Trippier, Lemar, Koke, De Paul, Carrasco; Felix, Suarez.

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool head to head

Marcos Llorente
Atletico won at Anfield the last time these clubs met in March 2020 / PAUL ELLIS/GettyImages

Liverpool have only won once of six previous games against Atletico since these clubs first met in 2008. The first two encounters in the Champions League group stage 13 years ago ended in 1-1 draws, while Atletico won on away goals in the Europa League semi-final in 2010.

The two most recent games took place right before the coronavirus pandemic took hold in Europe in early 2020. Atletico won 1-0 in Madrid in February, before the return leg of the Champions League last 16 tie was controversially allowed to go ahead at Anfield in March. Atletico won it 3-2.

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool score prediction

Atletico Madrid should be fresher after their La Liga fixture at the weekend was postponed due to the scheduling of World Cup qualifiers in South America last week, while they have home advantage and a very good overall record in games against Liverpool.

However, after a difficult 2020/21 season, Liverpool are looking like they are back to the kind of form that saw them run away with the Premier League title two seasons ago. Salah is also arguably the best player on the planet right now and will take some stopping.

Neither side is likely to be particularly tight at the back in the circumstances.

Prediction: Atletico Madrid 2-3 Liverpool

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