Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Club: Match preview
Certainly the most interesting duel of this round is played in Bilbao where Atletico Madrid football players will welcome Athletic Bilbao. It is now pretty clear that Atletico Madrid football players are not playing good in the domestic championship. Namely, after nine games played, this team is in the fifth place in the standings, and to make matters worse, Atletico has only one victory in their last five matches.
They tied as many as three draws, the last of which was in the last round against Valencia. However, when it comes to the Champions League, on Tuesday they achieved an extremely important victory on their home ground against Leverkusen. By doing so, their primary goal of placing in the knockout phase of the Champions League is realistic.
As for Bilbao, this team has made a fantastic start this season, but the impression is that as time goes on, the Basques provide weaker games. Athletic are currently ranked eighth in the standings and do not know about a triumph in four tied matches. In that period they suffered two defeats and two draws, the last in last round when they played well on their home ground.
Atletico Madrid team news:
Atletico Madrid fans are unhappy with their team this season and what the results are. It is true that Atletico have lost only one game this season, but the number of draws is higher than usual and significantly slows down the team.
So far, Atletico is in the Primera at 4-4-1. In the last eight games (all competitions), Atletico has drawn five times (3-5-0), and in total already in three domestic league games they shared points with rivals (2-3-0). The defense is strong, homogeneous and stable. There is really no complaint here, but attacking problems are present from the start.
Diego Costa didn’t play at the start of the season because of the suspension. Later, however, due to injury Alvaro Morata also paused. Now both are ready, but the attack still is not good. Joao Felix is now on the injured list.
By the way, in recent years Atletico did not really have to “bleed” to beat Saturday’s rival in front of his fans. In the last four games in Madrid Atletico are 4-0-0, and the last three victories were marked with a handicap.
Probable lineup: Oblak, Trippier, Felipe, Hermoso, Lodi, Koke, Saul Niguez, Partey, Lemar, Morata, Diego Costa
Athletic Club team news:
Athletic opened the season great. They were unbeaten in the opening five games (3-2-0), but then the series stopped and in the last four league games the Basques were winless (0-2-2).
What could be expected from this solid and strong team? At home, they play very well, but there are rare wins at home (0-3-1). The biggest enigma for Athletic in these games is how to score, scoring only two in four away games.
Not only is Athletic inferior to Atletic in Madrid in recent years. And in general, it is a huge advantage on the Madrid side. The Basque have a 0-2-10 lead in their last 12 games in Primera. Their last won was in 2013.
Probable lineup: Simon, Capa, Martinez, Alvarez, Yuri, Etxebarria, D. Garcia, Marcos, R. Garcia, Munian, Williams
Atletico is a great favorite in this match, and we can expect their certain win in team. Not only concerning tradition, but also the quality of the team. We also expect that there will be many goals scored.
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