7th Mar 2018 | Europa League

Going Loko

The unfashionable Russians have been playing well in this season's competition throughout and could make this tie more competitive than the odds suggest.

The hot favourites for the Europa League may have a trickier assignment than most assume in the last 16 of the competition.

Atletico Madrid are overwhelming favourites but I’m backing Lokomotiv Moscow to compete and ‘win the first leg’ +2 goals at best odds of 6/5 with Coral.

The Russian outfit aren’t just comfortably clear at the top of their domestic league, they also topped their Europa League group before beating Nice home and away in the round of 32.

Atletico are a La Liga powerhouse but they fell out of this season’s Champions League after failing to beat minnows Qarabag home or away. This could be another tough one for Diego Simeone’s troops.

1pt Moscow +2 Goals 6/5 with Coral
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Odds correct at time of publishing: 12:01 7th Mar, 2018 but subject to change