Atletico Madrid vs Granada Prediction Soccer Picks 8/14

Atletico Madrid vs Granada Prediction Soccer Picks 8/14

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Atletico Madrid vs Granada - La Liga 2023/24 Season, Gameweek One

The 2023/24 La Liga season kicks off with an intriguing matchup between Atletico Madrid and Granada at the Cívitas Metropolitano. Both teams have displayed varying form in recent games, and this encounter will be a test of tactics, discipline, and determination. Below is an in-depth look at both teams, including their recent performance, key players, and playing style.

 

Atletico Madrid

Under the guidance of Diego Simeone, Atletico Madrid has consistently been among Spain's top football clubs. Known for their defensive organization and strong work ethic, Atletico had a mixed pre-season, achieving draws against Sevilla and Real Sociedad, a win over Manchester City, and a loss against the K-League All-Stars.

Their recent La Liga form has been competitive, including wins, draws, and closely contested matches. Players such as João Félix, Luis Suarez, and Jan Oblak have been instrumental in Atletico's play, offering a blend of creativity, goal-scoring prowess, and reliable goalkeeping.

The low-scoring nature of some of their recent fixtures demonstrates Atletico's patient and defensive-minded approach, which can be both a strength and a challenge against more aggressive opponents.

 

Granada

Granada, having recently returned to La Liga's top tier, brings a mix of optimism and determination to their campaign. Their recent form in La Liga 2, including three wins and two draws, showcases their capability to perform at a competitive level. They ended their stint in La Liga 2 with solid victories over Leganés, Mirandés, and Lugo, showing quality in both attack and defense.

The squad's main strength lies in their collective teamwork and organized playing style, which has helped them achieve success in recent games. Players like Luis Suárez (the Colombian striker) and Domingos Duarte have been standout performers, contributing crucial goals and defensive stability.

Granada's ability to grind out low-scoring wins will be tested against Atletico's renowned defense, and their tactical approach to this match will be a fascinating aspect to watch.

 

Head to Head Record

Recent encounters between the two sides have varied greatly, ranging from a high-scoring 6-1 win for Atletico in 2020 to a pair of low-scoring draws and wins for each side. This inconsistency sets the stage for an unpredictable clash at the Cívitas Metropolitano.

 

Team Form

Atletico Madrid: DDLWD (Latest: 1-1 vs Sevilla, Club Friendly)

Granada: WWDWD (Latest: 2-0 vs Leganés, La Liga 2)

 

Atletico Madrid possible starting lineup:

Oblak; Soyuncu, Savic, Hermoso; Azpilicueta, Llorente, Koke, De Paul, Carrasco; Griezmann, Memphis

 

Granada possible starting lineup:

Ferreira; Sanchez, Rubio, Miquel, Neva; Melendo, Gumbau, Villar, Puertas; Uzuni, Callejon

 

 

Prediction

Given the recent form and head-to-head record, this match looks likely to be a low-scoring encounter. Both teams have displayed solid defensive attributes and may adopt a cautious approach in this season opener.

The best bet for this match is the under of 2.5 goals at +120 odds. Considering Atletico's historical defensive approach under Simeone and Granada's recent form in La Liga 2, a tightly contested match with few goals seems probable. The previous low-scoring results between these two sides further substantiate this bet as a valuable option.

 

Pick: Under 2.5 goals +120

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