Pick Atletico Madrid to Take Sole Possession of UCL Group C vs. Benfica

Steven Suarez

Monday, September 28, 2015 12:22 PM GMT

Both Atletico Madrid and Benfica opened their UCL group stage accounts with 2-0 victories. What are the soccer odds looking like & who will emerge victorious in Wednesday's meeting in Madrid?

Odds Overview
As expected, the Mattress Makers are firm favorites when we look over the UEFA Champions League soccer odds for this week's upcoming Champions League fixtures.

Atletico is available for backing in the -170 to -175 range, which leaves Benfica as a +550 underdog. A draw is quoted at +285 at all of the top sportsbooks we've examined.

 

Atletico Madrid
For a team as talented as the Mattress Makers, it's safe to say they've underwhelmed early on in the 2015-16 campaign. They're in fifth place in La Liga (with 12 points through six matches), which may not seem all that bad; thing is, they've gotten used to challenging for the top spot in recent seasons, right there alongside Barcelona and Real Madrid. 

Atletico has, however, managed a win in its UCL opener, beating Galatasaray 2-0 away from home. Antoine Griezmann, who leads the team with three league goals, scored both in the European victory and will now try to make a similar impact versus Benfica.

 

Benfica
Following a rough 1-0 loss to Porto, the Eagles got back on track with a convincing 3-0 win over Pacos de Ferreira. Benfica is currently in third place in the Portuguese Liga, two backs back of the top spot occupied by both Porto and Sporting CP.

The Eagles did what they needed to do in their first group stage match, overcoming Group C minnows Astana 2-0 at home. Nicolas Gaitan and Kostas Mitroglou were the two goalscorers in that victory. Who will make their mark this Wednesday?

 

Champions League Pick
The Eagles are a strong side and may cause problems here and there, but all in all we see Atletico proving to be too much at home.

Simply put, the Mattress Makers are better than what they've shown so far this season, and we anticipate them bouncing back in style after a bad result this past weekend. It won't be easy, but for this soccer pick we recommend siding with the hosts to earn all three points and therefore take sole possession of first place in Group C.

Pick: Atletico Madrid 2 Benfica 0 -- (Atletico Madrid -170, Atletico Madrid -1.5 if you're feeling frisky)

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