Deportivo vs Atletico Madrid by Jimeno
Deportivo looked really poor last weekend away from home against Leganes, as the team had all the chances to walk away with something before the game, but stood defeated with 4:0 result, showing really poor performance in the defense. Players of Leganes were that better, but simply looked way better in offense and it wasn't hard for them to reach these four goals scored.
Hosts had the double lead after thirty minutes, with goals from Szymanowski in 19th minute and Mantovani in 30th minute, while everything got worse for visitors from 62nd minute on, when Albentosa got red carded, while the home team managed to score two more goals in last ten minutes, via Lopez and Bueno. Deportivo is now just above the relegation zone having two points more than red zone placed Gijon and the team will need to respond with positive performances very soon.
Deportivo La Coruna should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation, probably using Andone as central striker, plus Kakuta, Colak and Gil as offensive midfielders. Central defender Raul Albentosa (19/1) is suspended for this one, while central midfielder Celso Borges (22/5) remains doubtful.
Atletico Madrid, after a run of three consecutive victories in LaLiga, suffered a 1:2 defeat in front of own fans against Barcelona. That match was a great chance for the side to get involved more into the race for top three positions and direct placement into the Champions League next season, but the side failed and will need to fight till the end for their fourth position and placement into the qualifiers stage.
The team is now fourth as said, with the team having same number of points as fifth placed Real Sociedad, meaning that they need get a victory here. Away from home they are undefeated in last four with two victories and two draws, but need to improve further more.
Visitors from Madrid are set to play in 4-4-2 formation, using Gameiro and Griezmann as forwards. Midfielders Tiago (13/1) and Augusto Fernandez (3/0) are injured. Midfielder Saul Niguez (21/2) is suspended for this one, while right full back Juanfran (17/0) remains doubtful.
- Atletico have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 matches against Deportivo.
After few poor weeks, Atletico seems to be playing just fine now, especially when talking about their improvement in attack. Deportivo is far away from their good form and I don't see the home team stopping way more quality opponent. Visitors need to respond here after their defeat in the previous round and should recorded easier victory here.