Free online soccer betting tips for Atl Madrid – Granada
La Liga champions Atletico Madrid will visit Granada at the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes in a game from the 9th round of the competition. Here are our free online soccer betting tips for this match.
Atletico Madrid are very close to the top of La Liga as they have the same amount of points as the current leader Real Madrid – 17. It’s only goal difference that puts them behind Los Blancos. In 8 matches played so far Atletico won five times, made two draws and suffered just one defeat.
Before the international break Los Colchoneros enjoyed their 5th win for the season. Diego Simeone’s team hosted Barcelona at the Wanda Metropolitano and didn’t face any problems to record a 2-0 win. Atleti scored both of their goals in the first half when Thomas Lemar and Luis Suarez put the ball behind Marc-Andre ter Stegen. They also assisted each other for the goals. Suarez now has four goals since the start of the season and we expect to see him increasing this number in future. Barcelona wrote him off last summer, but now he’s again proving how good he is.
Atletico Madrid’s manager Diego Simeone surprised us with some of his decision against Barca before the break. He decided to put Antoine Griezmann on the bench and started wtih Joao Felix instead. Twenty minutes before the final whistle he changed his strikers and put Griezmann and Angel Correa on the pitch. Kieran Trippier, Renan Lodi and Felipe also started from the bench and entered the pitch in the second half.
In that game Simeone decided to switch his team’s formation as well. He used 4-4-2 against AC Milan in the Champions League, but against Barcelona he switched to 3-5-2. Yannick Carrasco and Marcos Llorente operated on the flanks while Hermoso, Gimenez and Savic started in defense. Koke, Lemar and Rodrigo de Paul started together in midfield.
Both Real Madrid and Barcelona are having some difficulties at the moment, so for Atletico Madrid this could be a golden opportunity to defend their La Liga title. With the club’s summer signings, Diego Simeone now has an impressive depth in his squad. The team is filled with quality players on every position, so sometimes for the manager is difficult to choose his starting eleven. But that’s the kind of problem every manager dreams for, right?
The Uruguyan centre-back Jose Gimenez and the Brazilian striker Matheus Cunha missed the last game against Barca because of injuries. It’s still not entirely clear if they would be ready to face Granada after the international break. Matheus is just a squad player for Atletico, but surely Gimenez is one of the key members of the team. His absence in defense is always a problem.
Antoine Griezmann still waits for his first La Liga goal since his return to the club. The French super star already opened his goal account in the Champions League, but he’s still with zero goals in La Liga. Griezmann should not think that he has a guaranteed place in Atletico’s line-up. Things are a little bit different now and he has some solid competition for that place in attack. Meanwhile some fans are worried that he would hardly reach his previous levels before his move to Barca. It’s up to Griezmann to prove they are not right. So far we can’t really say he’s doing it – he has scored just one goal since his return to the Wanda Metropolitano.
Granada are in a dangerous position because they are 17th in La Liga standings and just two points above the relegation zone. Robert Moreno’s team entered the international break in a good mood, though – they recorded their first win for the season.
This happened in the game against Sevilla at the Nuevo Los Carmenes. Granada were underdogs against Los Rojiblancos, but he showed some heart and managed to take the three points. Ruben Rochina became the hero for the hosts as he scored the winning goal in the middle of the first half. This was Rochina’s first goal since he returned to the club from Levante.
Robert Moreno is a coach with good credentials. He did a good job with the national team when Luis Enrique took a break because of personal reasons. Things didn’t go entirely well for him in France, but now he’s more motivated than ever to prove his qualities in the Spanish league. Moreno is completely aware that Granada could be his stepping stone to a better job in future. He’s still very young, so he’s just starting his career.
What Roberto Moreno should fix right now is Granada’s problems in the attacking phase. His team have scored just 6 goals in 8 matches played. That’s not very good, so Granada should raise their attacking game. The Colombian striker Luis Suarez is the man who should bring the goals. So far he has scored twice in La Liga, but everybody expects more from him. The veteran Carlos Bacca is another striker who could be really useful this season. Bacca is now 35-years old, but everyone in Spain knows what this player can do with the ball. He’s a proven goalscorer with many successful games behimd his back.
The midfielder Yan Eteki remains sidelined with an injury in Granada’s camp. He played three games so far in the league, but at the moment Robert Moreno can’t use his services. Against Sevilla he used Maxime Gonalons, Luis Milla and Montoro in midfield, so most likely it’d be the same against Atletico, too.
That’s the free online soccer betting tips for the La Liga fixture between Granada and Atletico Madrid. The hosts already won against Sevilla in the previous round, so now they will try to make another memorable performance. It’s never easy to face the current champion, but there’s no place for fear – Granada showed in the previous rounds that they can play well against the big dogs. Don’t forget they also took a point from Barcelona at the Camp Nou.