Granada vs Atletico Madrid predictions, H2H and match preview for this Saturday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as the hosts aim to bounce back from 3 straight losses.
Granada vs Atletico Madrid Preview
This Saturday’s clash between Granada and Atletico Madrid feels like a really significant game for both clubs. The hosts need to stop the rot having lost 3 on the spin since going to the summit of La Liga. Atletico Madrid meanwhile are a side plagued by their inability to win exactly these kind of away games and a victory at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes would be a real morale boost as they aim to keep in touch with Barcelona and Real Madrid at the top.
The wheels haven’t exactly come off at Granada with their last 3 defeats all coming in tricky games away to Getafe and Valencia either side of a home game against high-flying Real Sociedad. However another defeat here could see them slide into the bottom half and they’d be starting to look over their shoulder just a touch despite having already amassed far more points than they would have anticipated at this stage in the season.
This is a game that Atletico Madrid should be targeting a win from but their flaws are obvious. They aren’t posing enough of a threat in the final third and have actually scored 4 fewer goals this season in La Liga than their newly promoted opponents. They’ve only found the net 5 times in their 6 away games to date while only Osasuna have drawn more times than Atleti’s 6, another recurring theme from recent seasons.
Therefore, Granada should have plenty of reason to believe they can get a result and with the visitors missing both Thomas Partey and Saúl Ñíguez to suspension, the visitors could be more vulnerable than usual in the middle of the park. With Diego Costa set for surgery on a shoulder injury, Diego Simeone’s options are limited up top too, so this has the potential to be a tricky game for Atleti.
Granada vs Atletico Madrid Predictions
Score Prediction: 1-1 Draw
Thomas Partey and Saúl are two key players for Atleti and their absences may leave the visitors fielding an eleven that features seven men who weren’t at the club 12 months ago. Even at full strength, they’ve not convinced on the road and Granada look capable of getting a result here, with the international break perhaps coming at a good time for them.
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Granada vs Atletico Madrid H2H
- Last 6 competitive meetings: 5 Atleti Wins, 1 Draw.
- Atleti have won on 4 of their last 5 league trips to Granada, despite being reduced to 10 men in two of those wins.
- They’ve won 10 of their last 11 against this opposition in all competitions.
- The sides haven’t met since the 2016-17 season when Atleti won 7-1 at home and 1-0 away.
Predicted Line Ups
Silva – Quini, Martinez, Duarte, Neva – Herrera, Gonalons, Montoro – Puertas, Soldado, Vadillo (4-3-3)
Oblak – Trippier, Felipe, Hermoso, Lodi – Koke, Herrera, Llorente, Vitolo – Morata, Correa (4-4-2)
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