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Granada vs Atlético Madrid Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
14 October 2021
Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes – La Liga
Spanish champions Atlético Madrid aim to get back on track on their return to action this weekend, as Diego Simeone’s side head to struggling Granada. Atlético are currently second in La Liga behind local rivals Real Madrid on goal difference.
Simeone’s side won home and away in league action against Granada last season with an aggregate score of 8-2, and they are unbeaten in all 16 of their La Liga meetings with the Andalusians. Follow the Spin Sports blog to find out if Los Rojiblancos can keep up the pressure on their neighbours as we delve deeper into the online football betting.
Granada boss Robert Moreno will make a late fitness check on defender Domingos Duarte and winger Ángel Montoro ahead of this game, with Sergio Escudero and Antonio Puertas on standby to come in.
Simeone could be without midfield star Geoffrey Kondogbia for this tie, with defender José Giménez also out after picking up an injury on international duty with Uruguay last week.
Granada vs. Atlético Madrid Preview and Predictions
Granada have struggled for form since the start of the 2021-22 La Liga season, with Moreno’s position already under threat as they sit just outside the relegation zone with eight games played so far. The hosts picked up their first league win of the campaign before the international break with a 1-0 win over rivals Sevilla, but Moreno’s side have just six points on the board.
Atlético have made a solid start to their title defence so far in 2021-22, with just one defeat in league action as they lost to Alavés at the end of last month. However, Simeone signed off for the international window on a high note, courtesy of a convincing 2-0 win over Barcelona in Madrid.
With Granada struggling for form, and Simeone looking hungry to keep up the pressure on his rivals, this should be three points for the defending champions, with an away win likely on the cards. Both teams have a Luis Suárez in their ranks, but it is Atlético’s version who is bang in form with four goals in his last four club games.
Atlético Madrid to win 1-0
Atlético have looked to resurrect their pragmatic approach in the opening weeks of 2021-22, with narrow wins set to form the basis of their title defence. Four of their five league wins this season have come via a one-goal margin.
Both teams not to score
Alongside their narrow wins, Atlético have also tightened up defensively from the start of the season, with six goals conceded in eight league games in 2021-22. Simeone’s visitors have only shipped two goals in their last four league games ahead of this weekend.