Leganés – Atletico Madrid (La Liga)
Back to winning ways, Leganes will now be face to face with Atletico Madrid at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque, in Madrid, for the 7th round of La Liga. Leganes are back on the right track after ending a serie of three consecutive games without a single victory last time out, beating Las Palmas with an away victory by 2-0. Atletico Madrid, on their turn, arrive here after their first defeat at their new home, Wanda Metropolitano, falling at the hands of Chelsea on Wednesday, in a Champions League match.
Leganes occupy the 7th place in the league table with 10 points, result of 3 victories, 1 draw and 2 defeats, with 5 goals scored and 2 goals scored. The Madrid side had a good start to the season, with two victories in the first two matches, but ended up falling into a serie of three consecutive matches without a single victory, but recovered in the last round of the league with a 0-2 victory at Las Palmas ground.
The Pepineros are well organized at the back and are a very tough team to break down, arriving here with back-to-back clean sheets in La Liga and are the second team with less goals conceded in the league. Offensively, the team does not score many goals, with their style of play being simple, attacking with long balls and through the left side, with their main offensive weapon being the counter-attack. Alex Szymanowski is key on the break for the home side, and picked up two assists last time out. Asier Garitano’s men won’t be rolling over and making life easy for Atletico.
In their last 5 official games, Leganes has a record of 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats. This sequence of results started with 0-1 victory against Espanyol. This result was followed by a 1-2 defeat against Getafe, a 1-0 defeat against Eibar, a 0-0 draw against Girona, and in their last match, a 0-2 win over Las Palmas. Omar Ramos, Muñoz and Serantes are all out due to injury.
Probable Lineup: Cuéllar – Zaldua, Siovas, Mantovani and Rico – Brasanac and Pérez – Eraso, Pires and Szymanowski – Beauvue.
Atletico Madrid, on their turn, occupy the 2nd place in the league table with 14 points, result of 4 wins, and 2 draws, with 12 goals scored and 4 goals conceded. The Colchoneros may arrive here a little tired after a hard clash against Chelsea on Wednesday night, where they tasted defeat not only for the first time this season, but also for the first time at their new home, the Wanda Metropolitano. Still, things are going well for Diego Simeone’s men in La Liga, with team yet to be defeated and being the closest team to the top of the table, 4 points away from leaders Barcelona.
With no negative aspects to point out defensively, the Colchoneros are the 4th team with less goals conceded in the league, and the third team with more goals scored, being specially strong in creating chances through long shots and through individual skill. The Madrid side have a clearly more talented squad than their opponents, but this will not be an easy match, facing a team who is also very well organized at the back. Still, after the home defeat against Chelsea, the argentine coach will demand an immediate response from his team.
In their last 5 official matches, Atletico Madrid has a record of 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat. This sequence of results started with a 0-0 draw against AS Roma, for the Champions League. This result was followed by a 1-0 win over Malaga, a 1-2 win against Athletic Bilbao, a 2-0 win against Sevilla, and in their last match, a 1-2 defeat against Chelsea, for the Champions League.
Probable Lineup: Oblak – Vrsaljko, Hernández, Godín and Luis – Koke, Ñíguez, Partey and Carrasco – Griezmann and Correa.
Atletico Madrid has won 1 of the last 2 directo clashes played in the last 15 years, drawing the remaining one.
La Liga 16/17
La Liga 16/17
Atletico Madrid may show some physical tiredness after a midweek defeat against Chelsea. Still, the Colchoneros have more than enough offensive talent to exploit Leganés defense and create a few chances, although this should be a match with few goals on the scoresheet.