Manchester United (MUN) will host Atletico Madrid (ATM) in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League 2021-22 round of 16 clash at Old Trafford on Wednesday, March 16. The match will kick off at 1:30 AM IST.
MUN vs ATM Dream11 prediction
Manchester United enter the UCL 2021-22 round of 16 reverse fixture high on confidence after securing a 3-2 win against Tottenham Hotspur over the weekend in the Premier League.
The Red Devils, who have had a start-and-stop campaign so far under interim boss Ralf Rangnick, bounced back from a 1-4 derby loss to Manchester City and face pressure to continue their Champions League campaign against a revitalized Atletico Madrid.
Diego Simeone’s Atletico have won three consecutive matches across all competitions for the first time this season, and will look to continue the winning momentum against MUFC.
In the first leg meeting, ATM were in complete control of the fixture as they registered as many as nine shots on target as opposed to Man United’s three. The meeting ended in a 1-1 draw.
As far as the head-to-head record is concerned, Atletico Madrid have won two of their three clashes against Manchester United and will start as favourites on Wednesday.
MUN vs ATM Dream11 team tips for UEFA Champions League 2021-22
Top tip: Best forward
Cristiano Ronaldo recently became the most prolific goalscorer in football history and thus starts as the outright top forward for the MUN vs ATM clash. The 37-year-old has recorded 25 goals and nine assists against Atletico Madrid and will look to consolidate the tally on Wednesday.
Top tip: Best midfielder
France footballer Paul Pogba will look to pull the ropes for a confident attack from the MUFC midfield against Atletico Madrid. The 28-year-old has nine assists across all competitions this term and will need to engineer a strong push for goal given the Red Devils have scored 37 goals from open play.
Top tip: Best defender and goalkeeper
Among defenders, Atletico Madrid left-back Renan Lodi will be a worthy pick for this clash. The 25-year-old Brazilian defender spelled trouble for Manchester United on the right flank in the reverse fixture, and assisted in Joao Felix’s seventh-minute header in the 1-1 draw. MUFC have struggled with consistency on the right defensive position and that is where Lodi could prove to be a match-winner for ATM.
For the goalkeeper slot, MUFC’s David de Gea is the fantasy favoured choice over his Atletico Madrid counterpart Jan Oblak. Both the goalkeepers have kept one clean sheet so far in the Champions League, but it is de Gea who has conceded a goal less than Oblak. With 151 fantasy points, David de Gea will have a daunting task to deny ATM’s attack line on Wednesday.
MUN vs ATM probable playing XI
MUN playing XI (probable): David de Gea (goalkeeper); Diogo Dalot, Harry Maguire (captain), Raphael Varane, Alex Telles; Fred, Nemanja Matic; Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba, Jadon Sancho; Cristiano Ronaldo
ATM playing XI (probable): Jan Oblak (goalkeeper); Stefan Savić, Felipe, Reinildo; Llorente, Hector Herrera, Koke (captain), Rodrigo De Paul, Renan Lodi; João Félix, Antoine Griezmann
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