Atletico Madrid could have one foot in the second round with a victory at home to Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Tuesday night.
The Spanish side have collected four points from their opening two matches against Juventus and Lokomotiv Moscow, whilst Bayer 04 have been left pointless.
Diego Simeone’s side fought back from a two-goal deficit to rescue a late point against Juventus before winning 2-0 over in Russia.
Meanwhile, the Bundesliga outfit were surprisingly beaten 1-2 at home by Lokomotiv Moscow in their opening group game before being thrashed 3-0 by the Italian champions.
It doesn’t bode well for Bayer Leverkusen on their visit to the Spanish capital midweek, although it must be said Atletico Madrid haven’t been too prolific domestically.
With the La Liga title looking set to stay in Barcelona this season, Simeone will want to make sure his team progress from their Champions League group and give Europe’s elite club cup competition another bash this season.
Three points should be on the cards for Atletico Madrid and the odds are better than I was expecting.
Best bet: Atletico Madrid to win is 1.78 with Betfair