Atletico Madrid vs Alaves
2016/17 Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 21 August, 2016
Kick-off: 21:15 UK.
Venue: Estadio Vicente Calderon (Madrid).
Atletico Madrid will take on Alaves at Estadio Vicente Calderon on Sunday night, as the two teams hopes for a positive start to the new La Liga Season.
Atletico ended their 2015/2016 season in the 3rd position, just 2 points below Real Madrid in the 2nd and 3 points off Champions Barcelona. Diego Simeone can count on the quality of his team’s defence as it was the secret of their superb performance.
The Madrid side conceded only 18 goals in the last season League matches, which made them the best defensive side. The manager has added new recruitments to make his team stronger.
Meanwhile, Alaves are among the La Liga new boys this season. They last played in the top flight a decade ago and they will be full of confidence as they return. After a successful Liga 2 season, they decided to part ways with their manager, appointing Mauricio Pellegrino as his successor.
Alaves have been busy in the transfer window, they changed almost half of their team as they hope to stay put in the top flight. They now have the youngest squad in the La Liga.
Atletico Madrid vs Alaves: Head to Head
These two teams last played against each other in 2006, they have met 8 times. Atletico have won 3 games while Alaves have won 4.
Alves are unbeaten in their last 2 games at Estadio Vicente Calderon, they are also unbeaten in 4 of their last 5 games against Atletico
Atletico Madrid vs Alaves: Prediction
Atletico are huge favourites in this fixture, they should have no problem here except the absense of Griezmann via suspension . They have other injured players, but they should be able to beat the new boys.
I predict a straight win for the home side, also i expect them to keep a clean sheet.
Atletico Madrid vs Alaves: Tips
1. Atletico Madrid win
2. Atletico Madrid Clean sheet
3. Atletico Madrid win both halves