Atletico Madrid vs Alaves predictions and match preview for Saturday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as the Vitoria side travel to the Wanda Metropolitano.
|Date||Saturday 2nd April 2022|
|Kick-Off||21:00 (local time)|
Atletico Madrid vs Alaves Preview
Atletico Madrid return to the Wanda Metropolitano this weekend with struggling Alaves the visitors. Diego Simeone will have one eye on their return to Manchester in the Champions League this coming week and he may consider resting one or two of his players, particularly those who have been more heavily involved for their countries over the past fortnight.
The good news for Atleti is that they now look very much on course for Champions League qualification again. That was in some doubt until quite recently but five straight league wins has seen them leapfrog the likes of Real Betis and Real Sociedad. Combined with their UCL win over Manchester United, Atleti’s season suddenly takes on a much brighter complexion and they look to be hitting form at just the right moment.
The tie against Manchester City will of course offer clearer indication as to whether Atleti are truly back to their best or whether some of those serious defensive flaws that we’ve seen this term remain. They’ve only let in 3 goals in their last 7 matches in all competitions which certainly suggests that some solutions have been found. January signing Reinildo hasn’t missed a minute during that period and does appear to have helped to restore some much needed defensive balance.
To a large extent, this is a good game for Atleti to have on the eve of their Champions League tie. Alaves are struggling badly and are 5 points from safety heading into this weekend. Their survival prospects were dealt a massive blow when they were beaten 3-2 at home by fellow strugglers Granada last time out and that was certainly a game where José Luis Mendilibar would have been targeting three points.
The former Eibar boss may even find his position under threat in the upcoming weeks. His 11 games in charge have produced just 1 win and 6 defeats. That works out at just 0.64 points per game, an inferior record to the one Javi Calleja had before he was sacked in December. Mendilibar has made it through the international break which suggests he will at least get a couple more games but the Alaves board will want to see improvements very soon with key games against the likes of Rayo, Mallorca, Levante and Cadiz still to come.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 4 Atletico Madrid Wins, 1 Alaves Win, 1 Draw.
- Alaves were surprise 1-0 winners when the sides met earlier this term.
- Atleti have won the last 4 meetings in Madrid.
- Alaves haven’t avoided defeat in this fixture since a 1-1 draw in their first season back at this level in 2016/17.
|Atletico Madrid||Herrera||Hermoso||Koke, Correa|
Atletico Madrid vs Alaves Predictions
Score Prediction: Atletico Madrid 2-0 Alaves
It’s hard to look past the hosts here. Alaves are a team that currently looks bound for the Segunda Division and while there’s still time for them to turn it around, it’s unlikely to be here. Atleti look better defensively at last and will be hungry to keep the momentum building by winning another game heading into their Champions League tie.
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