Atletico Madrid vs Las Palmas by Jimeno
Atletico Madrid looked pretty poor in previous LaLiga game last Monday evening when the team visited Villarreal and suffered 3:0 defeat, without proving to be very competitive during the match. Actually, hosts were those who looked like more mature and organized side, while the visitors looked for a slow build up with a lot of passes that didn't create much of chances for them.
Hosts were deadly effective on the counter attack, taking the double lead at the halftime already thanks to goals from Trigueros and dos Santos, while they sealed the victory in third minute of additional time via Soriano. This was actually third match without a goal scored for Atletico (previous loss to Bayern in Champions League 1:0 and a goalless draw against Espanyol), as the team slipped down to sixth position now, having already twelve points less than leaders from Real Madrid. Needless to say, this is a must win game for them.
Central defender Gimenez and central midfielder Thiago are doubtful for this game. Injured remain first choice goalkeeper Jan Oblak (15/0), midfielder Augusto Fernandez (3/0) and left defender Filipe Luis (13/0). Suspended is offensive midfielder/forward Angel Correa (14/3).
Las Palmas, on the other side, continued their undefeated run to three matches, as the team comes from a home 1:1 draw against Leganes last weekend. They started the game well and took the lead in 21st minute with a goal from Livaja, however from that moment it was like they got satisfied with the lead and tried to win the game by defending mostly and with slow build up possession play till the end of the match.
They got punished for it, since Guerrero leveled up the result in 76th minute from a penalty, while the hosts tried to react and respond from that moment on, but it wasn't easy to get back to a dominant style again. This was their second consecutive draw, as the team remained in the middle of the table at tenth position with twenty-one point earned, which is just four less than today's opponents from Madrid. They lost only one match in previous six and remain well of the relegation zone, surely being satisfied with current situation.
Forward Kevin-Prince Boateng had some minor problems during the week, but should be able to start here. Doubtful are Sergio Araujo and Aythami both with chances to start, while defender David Garcia remains suspended, anyway without performing so far.
Atletico is obviously in some kind of crisis, since the team has only one victory in last five matches in Primera. Additionally, they seem to be having some problems being effective against well organized sides and Las Palmas looks like such a side. Visitors are coming in a decent form and even though their defeat isn't excluded, I expect them to be really tough nut to crack and moreover, dangerous on counter attacks.