Atletico Madrid vs Granada predictions and match preview for Wednesday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as two sides at opposing ends of the table meet.
|Wednesday 20th April 2022
|19:00 (local time)
Atletico Madrid vs Granada Preview
Wednesday’s action in LaLiga kicks off at the Wanda Metropolitano with an important game for both sides. Atletico Madrid should qualify for the Champions League but they need to keep picking up points to make sure of it while Granada are desperately in need of a result as they bid to beat the drop.
This will be the third game in the space of eight days at the Wanda Metropolitano and the first couple have not been short on passion or controversy. Atleti gave Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City a rough ride and had the English champions really under the cosh at times last Wednesday but ultimately exited the Champions League with a 0-0 draw not enough. They then hosted Espanyol at the weekend and were again reduced to 10 men but Yannick Carrasco’s 100th minute penalty was enough to seal an important 2-1 win.
It was an important result given Atleti had suffered a surprise defeat at Mallorca in their previous league game and with no remaining cup distractions they have no real excuses for not ending the season well and securing a top four finish. However they may be running on empty a bit here after an intense few weeks of league and European action and Diego Simeone’s men will be grateful for the 10 day break that follows it.
As for Granada, you can’t help but feel that they’ve made a real mess of the second half of this season. Their January recruitment was bold and showed ambition but most of the players that came in were young and inexperienced and always most likely going to need some time to settle. They then perhaps waited too long to sack Robert Moreno before opting for B team boss Rubén Torrecilla to oversee the most vital period in their season in a caretaker capacity with 4 of his 5 games against direct relegation rivals.
That didn’t work either with Torrecilla’s final game resulting in a damaging and deserved 4-1 home defeat against lowly Levante on Sunday. Granada have since turned to Aitor Karanka who takes over a team that has collected just 5 points from their last 12 league games to fall into deep relegation trouble. This is the 48 year old’s first head coaching job in Spain, although he clearly knows the league well having spent the bulk of his playing career with Athletic Club and Real Madrid where he later served as an assistant.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 4 Atletico Madrid Wins, 1 Granada Win, 1 Draw.
- Atleti have won 9 straight home games against this opposition.
- Granada were beaten 6-1 on their most recent visit to the Wanda Metropolitano in 2020.
- They did though win the reverse fixture 2-1 earlier this term at Los Carmenes.
|Lozano, Neva, Rochina, Torrente
|Arias, Gonalons, Soro, Arezo
Atletico Madrid vs Granada Predictions
Score Prediction: Atletico Madrid 1-0 Granada
Granada adopted quite an open approach under Torrecilla but Aitor Karanka is likely to change that and we should see something much more defensive here. Whether they have the personnel to make that effective remains to be seen but overall you’d fancy what may be a tired Atletico Madrid side should have enough to grind out a win.
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