Spanish La Liga. Matchday 19. Eibar — Atlètico Madrid. Will Simeone's side be able to consolidate its hold on the 1st position?
The championship leaders Atletico will try to get 3 more points at the Ipurua stadium and get one step closer to the coveted title. The match will take place on Thursday at 21:30 (Spanish time). Eibar is approaching the match with the team of the capital after being eliminated from the Spanish Cup. At the turn of 2020-21, the team played two excellent matches, firstly tied with Barcelona (at the Camp Nou!), and then beating strong Granada 2-0. But then 2 defeats followed: in the last round - to Levante (1:2), and the already mentioned failure in the Cup. Eibar has no serious losses in the squad, Jose Luis Mendilibar, the coach of the “gunsmiths” can count on all of his key players, but in the match against Atlético, it will be hard to hope even for a draw. Eibar occupies only 19th place in the home match table, gaining 7 points in 9 matches in his home arena. Atlético, on the other hand, is preparing for the upcoming fight with several losses: captain Koke has too many yellow cards, Kieran Trippier is also disqualified, but right up to February 28th, for breaking the rules on betting. Due to injury, Simeone's team will not be helped by Mario Hermoso. Hector Herrera has already recovered from the injury, but was not announced for the game. The ranks of Atlético, however, were joined by Moussa Dembele, who came from Lyon to replace Diego Costa. Match prediction Eibar's poor streak in home matches and Atletico's excellent form make it seem like the "colchoneros" will win. Indeed, Atlètico are in great shape, even despite the recent elimination from the Spanish Cup. If nothing out of the ordinary happens, Atlético must take home all 3 points. Alternative prediction Suarez: Another Success Against Eibar? As an alternative, I can offer a bet on the goal of Luis Suarez. Historically, Eibar is one of the favorite teams for Suarez. The Uruguayan has scored 13 goals in his last 7 games against the gunsmiths.