After struggling to dispose of Getafe in the week, Atlético de Madrid move onto the lawn of Deportivo Alaves, the new red lantern of La Liga. A gap that seems to mean nothing to the men of Simeone.
Alaves are dead last in the Spanish league before facing the champion. For good reason, their five defeats in five games and a notorious feverishness displayed. The toll is even worse when we observe that the Spanish players have scored just one goal for 11 already conceded. On paper, the game seems to be over, especially given the injured side of the host: Pere Pons, Florian Lejeune, Javi Lopez and Edgar Mendez.
Atlético de Madrid have a completely different record. Four wins and two draws in six games, no defeat and a pair Suarez, Correa who scores, everything is going well countably speaking. However, when you look at the content, things seem rather abysmal. With immense difficulty in beating Getafe, the previous red lantern, the absences of Koke, Lemar and Kondogbia which weigh heavily and victories snatched in the last moments, we will have to do better not to rely solely on the luck of the champion.
In the last ten head-to-head matches, Simeone’s Alteti have won 7 times with 3 draws. No victory to declare for Alaves.
A Colchonera victory is to be expected if the Madrileños show a better face than against Getafe, but a steep score is not certain given the dynamics of Jan Oblak’s team-mates for more than a week.
Atlético: Oblak; Savic, Gimenez, Hermoso; Trippier, De Paul, Herrera, Llorente, Carrasco; Correa, Suarez