A few years ago Atletico Madrid was one of the best three teams in Spain. Diego needs to get his team back in top clubs along with Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Demotivated Atl. Madrid after three loses needs more than just Simeone
Atlético Madrid’s loss at Eibar last game halted an unbeaten league streak at four games. All of the wins contained over 1.5 total match goals but saw at least one half produce no goals. On that topic, Atlético has also won each of the last three La Liga games to see them score first. The ‘Rojiblancos’ are on an immense run of just one loss in 17 home league games, including four wins in their last five. The last three of those wins each saw Atlético score exactly twice in one half.
Leganes face to face in trouble without Youssef En-Nasyri
Leganés are also reflecting on defeat after a four-game unbeaten La Liga run, but they remain winless in away league games this term. The last four of those losses yielded a scoring blank, with the two ending in defeat by a margin of over 1.5 goals seeing them lose the second half 2-0 via goals beyond the hour mark. The visitors are goalless across three prior La Liga away H2Hs, losing the second half 1-0 on two occasions. Two-thirds of those three fruitless trips also saw them lose both halves by the same exact scoreline.
Will not play
From Atletico Madrid: Costa – Hernia, Poveda – Knee injury; Questionable: Gimenez – Leg injury, Koke – Muscle injury, Lemar – Muscle injury, Trippier – Groin injury.
From Leganes: Siovas – Knee injury, Szymanowski – Knee injury.
Players to watch
Álvaro Morata has scored a second-half goal in each of Atlético’s last four home league wins by a 2+ goal margin.
Guido Carrillo remains the last Leganés player to score in a top-flight H2H. Each of his previous four La Liga goals has come beyond the hour mark.
Stat attack: Atlético has conceded no second-half goals at all in their last seven home league wins, while Leganés have a league-low two second-half away goals this campaign.
Atlético’s last six La Liga home wins to yield a 2+ goal margin have each seen them win the second half ‘to-nil.’
Five of those above games yielded a 2-0 scoreline, 60 percent of which saw them win both halves.