Las Palmas vs Atletico Madrid by Jimeno
Las Palmas looked pretty poor on Wednesday evening when the team visited Leganes and suffered 3:0 defeat in quite one way game, as the players of Leganes had much more of the competitive motive. At first, it wasn't that intense game, but once the hosts upped their tempo, it was all over for the players of Las Palmas.
Leganes took control over the game at the start of the first halftime and took the lead in 55th minute via Luciano, while Guerrero and Luciano again from penalty kick in next six minutes, sealed their victory within just a few minutes. It was third consecutive game for Las Palmas without a victory, having only one in last six, as they remain with fifteen points more than relegating placed Gijon and have nothing to worry anymore.
Forward Marko Livaja (25/5) is suspended for this one, while with injury problems remain defensive midfielder Vicente Gomez (29/2), offensive midfielder Jonathan Viera (28/7) and forward Kevin-Prince Boateng (26/10) and they remain doubtful, especially first two. They should be playing in 4-3-3 formation, using Jese, Halilovic and Boateng most likely as forwards.
Atletico Madrid, on the other side, comes from unexpected defeat in front of own fans against Villarreal 0:1 on Tuesday evening and the team ins't that sure regarding their direct placement to the Champions League group stage for the next season.
They are now still at third position, but now being tied up with fourth placed Sevilla and need a victory badly here. The side was better for the most of the game than their visitors from Villarreal, but didn't use their chances properly, as the visiting side punished them in 82nd minute via Soriano in one of their rare chances, while the players of Atletico didn't find a way to respond further.
Visitors from Madrid are set to play in 4-4-2 formation, using Gameiro and Griezmann as forwards. Central defender Diego Godin (30/3) is suspended for this one and his position should get Lucas. Right full back Sime Vrsaljko (14/0) is injured, same as other right full back Juanfran (23/0), midfielder Augusto Fernandez (3/0) and forward Yannick Carrasco (32/10).
- Atletico have kept a clean sheet in their last 4 away matches against Las Palmas.
Atletico Madrid needs a victory here against probably not that competitive motivated Las Palmas. Visitors have plenty of more individual quality and their defense looks rock solid in comparison this rival. Away victory should be reached here easier than the odds suggest. Las Palmas is undefeated in last four home matches, but I expect a strong answer from Atletico now when they lost in front of own fans last time out.