Athletic Club vs Atletico Madrid predictions and match preview for Saturday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for analysis, team news and predicted lineups as two of the top four clash.
|Saturday 15th October 2022
|21:00 (local time)
Athletic Club vs Atletico Madrid Preview
This weekend in LaLiga is not all about the Clasico and this game would be a worthy headline act on any other weekend. It’s 3rd vs 4th heading into matchday 9 and Athletic will be hungry to show that they mean business this season by turning over one of the big boys.
They were pretty good at that during Marcelino’s reign with several victories over the “big three” in each of his two seasons in charge when you factor in all competitions. They beat Atletico Madrid twice last season and certainly won’t fear the side from the capital. Indeed Athletic may even be seen as favourites for this match given their impressive start to the campaign.
They have benefitted from a relatively kind schedule but did still produce a good performance away to Sevilla last weekend in what could have been a tough game with their opponents under new management. A bad miss from Inaki Williams denied them all three points but Ernesto Valverde will still be very happy with a return of 17 points from his first 8 games back in charge of the Basque club.
Atletico Madrid are only one point worse off which suggests this isn’t quite as bad as some of the negative media coverage of Atleti would make out. However their performances haven’t been great and their failure to score in two Champions League outings against Club Brugge over the past fortnight is not only a concern, but also something that leaves them in real danger of not progressing into the last 16.
That’s a matter for another day for now with three league games to get through before their next European outing. They can now at least call upon Antoine Griezmann for as many minutes as they like after a deal was worked out with Barcelona allowing the Frenchman to join the club on a permanent deal. However that may just prove a different kind of headache for Diego Simeone who has five forwards to choose from but still seems uncertain of his best combination in the final third.
Team News & Possible Lineups
Possible XI: Simon – Lekue, Yeray, Martinez, De Marcos – Dani Garcia, Sancet – Berenguer, Muniain, N. Williams – I. Williams (4-2-3-1)
Coach: Ernesto Valverde
|Reguilon, Llorente, Felipe
Possible XI: Oblak – Reinildo, Gimenez, Savic, Molina – Carrasco, Witsel, Koke, Correa – Griezmann, Morata (4-4-2)
Coach: Diego Simeone
Score Prediction: Athletic Club 2-0 Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid’s away record this season in LaLiga is actually pretty good but they’ve not been playing well overall and there have been far more bad performances than good ones. With Athletic looking really sharp under Ernesto Valverde, the home team look the more likely winners here.
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