Friday, 27 January 2017

Deportivo Alaves - Atletico Madrid

PICK: Atletico Madrid AH -0,75 @1,88 PINNACLE 5/10

Match between 12th and 4th placed team in Spanish La Liga will be played on Estadio de Mendizorroza in Vitoria-Gasteiz in Basque region and it will start at 16:15 on Saturday.

Alaves is on pretty comfortable 12th place, 10 points above relegation zone. They didn't lose in last three home matches, actually only Espanyol and Real Madrid were able to beat them on Mendizorroza. They are without bigger injury concerns, without suspended players, so they are well prepared to make another big result in history of the club.

Atletico Madrid is facing different problems, as they are not on positions they were counting on before the start of the season. They brought some good players, to make squad stronger to compete with Real Madrid and Barcelona, but for now it looks that Sevilla took their place. They will be without captain Gabi for this match, but we can expect Griezmann, Godin and Filipe back in squad after being rested in cup match against Eibar. Also Carrasco and Koke played only for last 30 minutes so team won't be that affected with tiredness as it could be.

Atletico Madrid simply needs to win this match. They started well in Bilbao, but they failed. Not their opponent is far from Bilbao quality, but it's still in Basque region and I am sure that they will give 100% to surprise Atletico. Simeone's squad simply needs 3 points, to shut down the critics, but mainly to start running in front of Sociedad who has match on Bernabeu (they could surprise, but I think that they won't) and also to stop falling behind 3rd placed team, right now the gap is 6 points. Individually it's impossible to compare those two teams as Atletico has much stronger squad, but it will be really important how they will go in the match. I think that they are eager to show that they are still one of the strongest clubs in the world, and Alaves is team who will try to play. They won't defend with all strength, they will try to score and that's the way Atletico likes, and that's why I expect that Alaves will suffer because of Atletico's style.

FT: 0-0

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