Atletico Madrid v Granada – Wanda Metropolitano Stadium at 20:00 GMT live at La Liga TV
Atletico Madrid are in crisis mode and Diego Simeone’s future as Los Colchoneros head coach is coming under scrutiny after a 1-0 derby defeat to city rivals Real Madrid left Atleti down in sixth, a full 13 points off the top of La Liga following a wretched run of performances in 2020.
Simeone’s side have failed to score in three successive La Liga games, earning a solitary point in those three tussles when welcoming relegation-haunted Leganes to the Wanda Metropolitano. Atletico’s only league success this calendar year came in a scratchy 2-1 victory when hosting Levante back on 4th January.
To make matters worse, Los Colchoneros were dumped out of the Copa del Rey by third tier Cultural Leonesa and last weekend the Bernabéu sang for Simeone to stay, with giggles going round the ground. Under pressure, for the first time there are doubts he will. Worse, there are even doubts he should.
In fairness, Atletico had the been the better side in a tight first-half of the derby with Angel Correa hitting the post, Vitolo shooting straight at Thibaut Courtois with the best chance, and Alvaro Morata having a big penalty shout turn down. However, positivity soon evaporated after the interval with injures biting.
Granada can keep Atletico in-check
Already with eight players absent, Morata went down and had to be replaced, depleting Simeone’s options further and cruelly exposing their limitations. Atleti eventually went down with little more than a whimper and it’s hard to imagine how Los Colchoneros can recover to dominate a plucky Granada side here.
Atleti began the season with a 100% record from their opening three encounters but the capital club have since claimed just six victories in their following 19 La Liga matches. Only four of those fixtures saw Simeone’s troops take top honours by a margin of two goals or more with profligate finishing often to blame,
So there has to be merit in supporting Granada on Saturday night with a +1.5 Asian Handicap start at 1.70, knowing we’ll only lose our stake should the visitors go down by two goals or more at the Wanda Metropolitano.
El Grana have found the going tough on their travels since promotion, only wining at bottom-two clubs Espanyol and Celta, however, the guests showcased their resilience and organisation in a recent trip to the Camp Nou, whilst their set-piece threat always gives Diego Martínez’s men chances to score.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Granada +1.50 at 1.700
Preview by: @MarkOHaire