We are back to club league football action starting this weekend with FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Spain La Liga
Atletico Madrid to beat Deportivo @ 1.80 (Ladbrokes) – 5 points
Atletico Madrid come into this game full of confidence after winning 3 games on the spin and also coming back from behind to draw with Real Madrid. With the prospect of the Champions League mid-week game in store, the team will be anxious to settle this game early and continue their progress to maintain their top 3 position in a La Liga.
The Atletico Madrid offence has been a bit shakier this year compared to previous seasons since they lost Manduzkic and replaced him with Martinez, who has finally found his feet in Spain by netting 2 goals in his last 2 games. Next to him he is partnered with Greizmann, who is generally given a free role, and this freedom has seen him net 4 goals this campaign, well on his way to replicate the 22 goal haul from last season. They also have Torres, Vietto and Correa who can come off the bench and provide an energetic spark if needed. their 2-1 win against Valencia was a great statement sent out to their title rivals that they mean business this season led by solid performances in the midfield engine room including Koke, Tiago, Carrasco and Gabi.
Deportivo have been a mixed bag to start of this campaign winning 3, drawing 4 and losing 2 of their games so far. Lucas Perez has been their leading scorer with 5 goals so far on their way to net 14 goals this season, but have yet to play any good team other than Valencia so far, with whom they drew 1-1. The Deportivo defence has been the one that has let them down over the last couple of games, leaking 5 goals in their last 3. Deportivo have only kept 2 clean sheets all campaign; and that could be the difference against an Atletico defence that have only let in 5 this season.
Atletico look the stronger team for their performances and a win here will put them on the top of the league for at least 24 hours; and after last week’s performance against Valencia, its hard to see past Atletico for anything but a victory and thats the reason I go my max pick on them.