Atletico Madrid v Leicester City: what time is the match, what TV channel is it on and what are the betting odds?

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Atletico Madrid vs Leicester City, Champions League - live score updates
Atletico Madrid vs Leicester City, Champions League - live score updates

What is it?

It's the first leg of the Champions League quarter final between champions of England, Leicester City, and last season's beaten finalists, Atletico Madrid.

When is it?

Wednesday, April 12.

What time is it?

As is the tradition in the Champions League, the match will kick off at 7:45pm. 

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What TV channel is it on?

Leicester's visit to the Vicente Calderon will be broadcast exclusively live on BT Sport.

The Foxes' most famous fan, Gary Lineker, will present live coverage of the match from 7pm on BT Sport 2.

What's the team news?

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare rested a number of key players in their 4-2 away defeat to Everton on Sunday.

Shinji Okazaki, Riyad Mahrez, Danny Simpson, Christian Fuchs and Wilfred Ndidi were all named on the substitutes bench in anticipation of Leicester's away leg in Madrid.

Mahrez, Simpson and Fuchs are all expected to return to the side, while Islam Slimani could retain his place after a goalscoring performance at Goodison Park.

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Craig Shakespeare confirmed captain Wes Morgan will miss the match with a back injury after Leicester's defeat to Everton on Sunday.

Asked about Morgan, Shakespeare said: “He won’t be ready for Wednesday."

“Once he got injured there was no timeframe but it gives others a chance. It gives opportunities to other people. People have come in and done well. It didn’t seem there were any other problems,” he added.

Atletico Madrid

Atletico have several squad members also unavailable. Tiago, Augusto Fernandez, Miguel Ángel Moya and Sime Vrsaljko will all miss the first leg, with Kevin Gameiro and Nicolas Gaitan rated as doubtful.

What have they been saying?

Craig Shakespeare has conceded his team face an uphill challenge to qualify for the semi-finals of the Champions League. 

“Facing a team who have reached the final in two of the last three seasons is a massive challenge but it’s just the kind of tie you expect in the quarter-finals of the Champions League,” admitted Shakespeare.

“Atletico Madrid are a very good team with some fantastic individuals with experience in the competition, but we’ll be ready to give everything to progress.

“It will be a brilliant occasion for our supporters and for everyone at the club.”

However Emile Heskey has backed his former side to spring another shock less than a month after knocking out Atletico Madrid's La Liga rivals, Sevilla. 

“I think the first leg will be a tight and cagey affair away from home.

“But I definitely think Leicester have a good chance of scoring [with] the likes of Mahrez, Vardy, Gray, Albrighton. I think they’ve got more than enough firepower to get at least one goal against Atletico Madrid.

“I’m going for a 1-1 draw in the first leg, then Leicester can bring Atletico back to the King Power and put on a good display in front of a home crowd.

Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann has warned his Atletico Madrid teammates not to under estimate the Premier League champions.

“We know how strong Leicester are. They are a bit like us in the way they play. They have a similar spirit to us and they are going to be difficult opponents, for sure,” said Griezmann 

“Hopefully we will be in good shape against Leicester because this game is so important,” he added.

Six interesting statistics 

1. 25% of Leicester City’s games in European competition have taken place against Atlético Madrid (4 out of 16).

2. Atlético Madrid have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the fourth consecutive season.

3. No team has collected more victories in the Champions League this season than Atletico Madrid.

4. Leicester City are the first team since Malaga in 2012/13 to reach the quarter-finals on their Champions League debut.

5. Leicester City have won only one of their four away games in the Champions League this season (D1 L2), it was against Club Brugge on matchday 1 (3-0).

6. Leicester are the lowest scoring side in the Champions League among the eight teams left in this season’s competition.

What are the odds?

Atletico Madrid 3/10

Leicester City 10/1

Draw 9/2

What's our prediction?

Leicester City have done incredibly well to get this far in the competition but we fear this will be the end of the road for the plucky Foxes - starting with a handsome beating in the Vicente Calderon. 

Prediction: Atletico Madrid 3-0 Leicester City


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