Hannover Atletico Madrid Odds : Europa League in balance for Diego Simeone

Hannover 96 will be hoping to overturn a 2-1 deficit when they host Atletico Madrid in the second-leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie.

With a semi-final place at stake, the pressure is on for both teams as they look to move one step closer to success in a major European competition.

It was the Spanish side that have the advantage going into this second game after Eduardo Salvio’s late goal handed them a 2-1 win last week. However, Hannover’s away goal could end up being crucial and there is no doubt that this tie is evenly balanced at the half-way stage.

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The home form of the German side is very impressive this year too. They have only lost once in front of their own fans all season and this was a 1-0 defeat after extra-time. Therefore, they will be confident going into this one despite trailing 2-1.

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As for Atletico, they will be aware that they still have to put in a very strong performance to progress into the last four. It is going to take an impressive away display for them to hold their nerve and come away with their aggregate lead intact.

Looking at their away form in Europe this season, they have only lost once – a 2-0 defeat to Udinese back in October – so they do pride themselves on a good away record. This season’s Europa League has seen impressive wins at Lazio, Celtic and Besiktas too.

Overall, this is a really tough contest to call. Atletico are probably slight favourites because of their 2-1 advantage, but Hannover know they are still massively in this tie. Their passionate home fans will certainly be backing them.

Both teams will be positive and this should be entertaining from start to finish. There is plenty of time for twists and turns too after this one gets underway at 8.05pm on Thursday evening.