Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Estadio Wanda Metropolitano will host Wednesday’s clash between Atletico Madrid and Lokomotiv Moscow. The Russian side have nothing to play for in their last group game as they will surely finish the process as the rock-bottom side in Group D, but this match is of big importance for the hosts. Los Rojiblancos aim to secure a top-two finish in their group, and we are positive that they will go for a win in Wednesday’s showdown.
Alvaro Morata, who has been in a subtle form in the first half of the season, will be one of the men to watch in the home team. The Russians face an uphill task in their last group match, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Atletico Madrid’s party at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. In their first meeting in Group D, Atletico Madrid defeated Lokomotiv Moscow 2-0.
Highlighted Player (Jose Gimenez):
Jose Gimenez is a fast rising 21-year-old young Uruguayan defender who plays for Spanish club Atletico Madrid. Gimenez is primarily a central defender and is recognized to be a natural and fast defender who is classy on the ball. His qualities came to the fore during his youth team presence at Toledo but his professional debut was in 2012 for Danubio.
His stint at the club was short-lived as the highly rated defender was quickly snapped up by Atletico Madrid after raving reviews. He soon made his mark in Diego Simeone’s team and became a crowd favorite after scoring a vital header against rivals Real Madrid.
He participated in the FIFA U-20 World Cup reaching the finals with Uruguay. His senior team debut was in 2013 and has played 21 times for the national side. Gimenez also has three goals in international colors, the first of which came in 2014.
Highlighted Team (Lokomotiv Moscow):
Founded in 1922 as Kazanka, Lokomotiv Moscow are a Russian football club that play their home games at RZD Arena. The stadium was opened in July 2002 and the capacity of the venue is 27.320. Lokomotiv won their first Russian Premier League trophy in 2002, with the team finishing the season just above their local rivals CSKA Moscow.
The two teams were level on points (66), but thanks to a better head-to-head record Lokomotiv eventually lifted the trophy. Two years later (2004) the capital club repeated the success and once again CSKA Moscow finished second, only one point behind the Krasno-zelyonyye (Red-Greens). Lokomotiv Moscow have always been attracting high-profile footballers and it has to be noted that the likes of Felipe Caicedo, Peter Odemwingie, Branislav Ivanovic, Igor Denisov, Dmitri Torbinski, Vedran Corluka, Emir Spahic, Lassana Diarra and Jan Durica played for the club in the past.
Lokomotiv play their home games in green shirts and red shorts, while they wear white jerseys and white shorts when playing on the travels.