Atletico Madrid vs Eibar: Home comforts to offset injury crisis for Rojiblancos

Hosts remain unbeaten against Eibar since 2001
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Fernando Torres was on fire against Eibar last season (AFP/Getty Images).

Atletico Madrid vs Eibar Preview & Betting Tips


Action resumes in after the international break as Atletico Madrid host Eibar at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in La Liga on Saturday. Atletico have had a mediocre start to their campaign and also have an injury crisis to overcome in front of a rowdy crowd with few goals expected.

Atletico Madrid


The international break couldn’t have come at a better time for Atletico who fell to a 2-0 away loss to Celta Vigo on Matchday 3. They have four points from three games and are looking to get things back on track.

One reason is that their usually solid defence looked ragged so far. Captain and central defender Diego Godin is looking slow while the injury to right back Juanfran and suspension to defender Stefan Savic leaves coach Diego Simeone looking for options.

Forward Antoine Griezmann started the season well with a goal and an assist but Diego Costa failing to hit a single shot in two consecutive matches is a worry. 

Eibar


After starting the season with two consecutive losses, Eibar picked up a facile 2-1 win over Real Sociedad before the international break. Having surprised everyone last season with a top-half finish, the visitors have a lot to improve.

Forwards Marc Cardona and Charles were on target during the Basque derby and the visitors hope to build on the win. Eibar went undefeated in 11 of their 19 away trips in 2018/19 but are still searching their first La Liga win at Atletico’s home.

Injuries to key Atletico defenders gives a chance for Eibar who look to force the issue through the wings. A chance to break their duck against Atletico is up for grabs, although visiting Madrid is always taxing.

Head-to-Head


Atletico have won 10, drawn three and lost just one of their 14 matches against Eibar in all competitions. Last season, this fixture ended in an entertaining 2-2 draw with Fernando Torres bagging a brace for Atletico while Kike and Ruben Pena scored for Eibar.

Match Up


Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann has a good record against Eibar and can score again here (AFP/Getty Images)

Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann has done well against Eibar, scoring three goals and providing three assists in eight matches against the Basque club. It would be no surprise to see him on the scoresheet against a club that have failed to keep a clean sheet this season.

The hosts have an injury crisis at hand with forward Nikola Kalinic and defender Santiago Arias joining the long list. With just 15 players to choose from, Simeone will be distracted with the upcoming UEFA Champions League fixture against Monaco the following Tuesday.

Key Statistics


  • Atletico Madrid have kept 15 clean sheets in 22 home matches (La Liga).
  • There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Atletico Madrid’s last 10 games (La Liga).
  • There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Eibar’s last 10 away games (La Liga).
  • Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann has 3 goals and 3 assists in 8 games against Eibar (All competitions).

Verdict


It’s the ideal chance for the visitors, but the hosts enjoy combative situations and should also relish the vociferous support of the home crowd. However, with Atletico having their sights on a visit to Monaco three days later, this game could end up being a cagey affair.

Best Bet: Under 2.5 Goals @ 1.80
Anytime Scorer Bet: Antoine Griezmann @ 1.95
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Freetips staff 13 September 2018

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