Eibar vs Atletico Madrid Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview
A trip to the confines of the Estadio Municipal in Eibar is never an easy one, but the streaking hosts have struggled against the higher placed opposition. But Atletico lost their last away game and will be without Diego Costa here.
Game: Eibar vs Atletico Madrid
Venue: Estadio Municipal
Kick-off: Saturday, 13th January, 5.30pm
Atletico Madrid were previously unbeaten before their trip to Espanyol which resulted in a 1-0 reverse. It gave Barcelona the chance to open a nine-point gap at the top of the La Liga table, building on a growing lead that would perhaps turn out to be insurmountable either way.
But it’ll likely be tougher without the services of new recruit Diego Costa. Some exuberant celebrations of his goal against Getafe earned him a second yellow card on his return meaning he will be suspended for this game. Atletico were unbeaten without Costa for so long, but his presence in a game like this would have helped.
Eibar can be happy that they’ve won six of the last seven. That run has included home wins over Betis, Espanyol, Valencia and Girona. Valencia were not at full strength for that game, but that doesn’t change the fact Eibar have been a very potent goal threat and should provide a tough test for Atletico Madrid here.
Eibar are 10/3 with Sky Bet to cause an upset here, whilst the draw is 5/2 with Betfred. Atletico Madrid can be backed at best odds of 1/1 with Coral, and n doubt Eibar recent form has contributed to the odds.
Eibar haven’t quite shown the quality to topple one of the big three yet despite their home form. Excluding the big three they’ve only lost eight times in 40 home games at this level, but Barcelona, Real and Atletico have won all nine combined trips to the Estadio Municipal and by a clear margin of two or more goals. Eibar are in fantastic form and should provide a scare here, but perhaps that recent run of home wins just adds to the value in Atletico’s price.
Back our Free Betting Tip: Atletico Madrid at 1/1 with Coral
Six of Eibar’s last eight home games have featured at least three goals, with most featuring four or more. Despite their attacking threat they’ve struggled to keep clean sheets. Atletico will provide a very different test and usually keep it tight, but they have played our two 3-1 wins over Eibar in their time in La Liga and it would only be fair to acknowledge their goalscoring form.
Back our Score Prediction: Atletico to win 2-1 at 8/1 with Betfred
Diego Costa is suspended so Griezmann and Torres are likely to start as they did in Atletico’s last away games, but Torres poor scoring form always makes a case for Kevin Gameiro to get another run in the side. Goals have been shared in this Atletico side with Griezmann himself only bagging five so far, but the same can be said of Eibar so a nailed on goal scorer is pretty tough.
Back our Scorer Prediction: Antoine Griezmann at 15/8 with Betfair