Without being able to count on Diego Costa, Atletico Madrid will face Eibar this Saturday, January 13, in a match for the nineteenth round of the Spanish Championship 2017/2018 edition, the last of the first round. In the Municipal Stadium of Ipurua, in Eibar, the game starts scheduled for 3:30 pm (Brasília time).
The recent performance of Eibar
Eibar was very close to securing a place in European tournaments last season for the first time in its history. It ended up getting hands shaking in the end. After a poor start in 2017/2018, he rose production and is ‘stuck’ in the elite squad of the Spanish Championship. He has 27 points (eight wins, three draws and seven losses). Only one less than Villarreal, sixth and last place in the classification zone for the Europa League.
That rise was achieved after winning six wins and a draw in the last seven rounds of the Spanish Championship. The next two days present an excellent opportunity to enter the block. Will work at home. After Atletico Madrid, the rival will be Malaga, who is in the relegation zone.
The Eibar home-based campaign presents G6 use. With 17 points (five wins, one draw and three losses) of the 27 played, the team is the sixth best runner of the Spanish Championship.
To maintain the positive sequence, coach Jose Mendilibar has to manage some injury problems. Defensive players David Junca (eight matches in the Spanish 2017 Championship, 2018 without a goal) and Ivan Ramis (four matches, no goal) are in injury treatment; and midfielder Ander Capa (18 matches, no goal).
The current form of Atletico Madrid
Atlético de Madrid maintained its 100% advantage in 2018 by overcoming, on Tuesday, January 9, Lleida. Scored 3 to 0 at Wanda Metropolitano. As he had already thrashed in the first leg 4-0, he secured his place in the quarterfinals of the King’s Cup.
Since the debut of strikers Vitolo and Diego Costa, registered in early January, the club, which had many offensive difficulties, managed to establish an average of three goals per game. The defense, LaLiga’s second least leaked, maintained its standard. It has not been leaked in the last three games.
However, this Saturday, the Spanish national Diego Costa, who managed to swing the net in his first two matches after returning to the club and made an assist in the duel against Lleida, will not be able to play. He ended up being sent off for an exaggerated commemoration in a 2-0 win over Getafe in the eighteenth round and will have to comply automatically.
Another test for the team, that after closing the participation in the first round will have the opportunity to play three consecutive matches in their domains. This will happen because in the opening days of the Spanish Championship his new stadium was not ready and a field command was reversed.
It may be the chance to get closer to Barcelona in contention for the Spanish title. With 39 points (11 wins, six draws and a loss), Atletico occupies the second position. He has nine points in the comparison with the Catalan team.
Diego Costa should not be the only embezzlement for Saturday’s game. They are in the medical department and rely on new tests to determine when they can return left-back Filipe Luís (12 games in the 2017/2018 Spanish Championship, one goal) and midfielder Nicolas Gaitan (six games without a goal).
History of the matches Eibar vs Atletico Madrid
Atlético de Madrid defends an unbeaten ten-game against Eibar. There were nine wins and a draw in the period started in 2001 when the teams were in the Second Division.
Although the rivals in their last three victories can not be considered very difficult, Atletico Madrid showed that it has taken steps forward in its attempt to improve the offensive power. The Eibar will be a more difficult test, but the evolution obtained by coach Diego Simeone recommends the visitors’ hunch in the match this Saturday. The price is 1.90 in Rivalo. Draw returns 3.30. Victory of the owners of the house paid 4.30 per real invested.