Atletico Madrid vs. Eibar 09/01/19 LaLiga Soccer, Preview, Picks, Odds and Prediction

Atletico Madrid vs. Eibar 09/01/19 LaLiga Soccer, Preview, Picks, Odds and Prediction Photo by

Eibar at Atletico Madrid

Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 12:00 PM (Estadio Wanda Metropolitano)

Atletico Madrid -225, Eibar +800, Draw +300, Over 2.5 (+130), Under 2.5 (-163) Click Here for the Latest Odds

Atletico Madrid is welcoming Eibar in round 3 of Spanish LaLiga.

Atletico Madrid is playing in perfect form at the moment and is on an 8-game winning streak. In their last game against Leganes, Atletico played their usual game with a lot of patience and strong defense. In the game, Atletico had 59% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, only 4 corner kicks and 80% of correct passes and was able to win this match 0-1 by a goal from Vitolo. Atletico has made a lot of changes this summer and a lot of players left and new players arrived. Among those new arrivals is young superstar Joao Felix who is already proving his worth to coach Simeone. Atletico has started this season with two wins against Getafe and Leganes and will be main competitors to Barcelona for LaLiga title. Vrsaljko and Costa are only two injured players in Atletico's roster which means that coach Simeone will have the rest of his best players at his disposal. Atletico is playing their usual soccer with strong defense, compact midfield and only one attacker who is their first line of defense. When Atletico has the ball possession, they are patient and calm and wait for the perfect opportunity to move the ball forward and create a chance for a shot or cross into the 18-yard box. Last season Atletico ended up second behind Barcelona, but I believe that this year they have the team to compete with them until the end and possibly win the title. 

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Eibar had a solid last season where they ended up 12th in the standings with 47 points, 46 scored goals and 50 conceded goals. Eibar is yet to win their first game of the season and this will be their third game in the row away from home. In their last game against Osasuna, Eibar was a better team with 52% of ball possession, but 0 shots on goal and low 58% of correct passes and the game ended up in a 0-0 draw. Eibar's best players in these first two games were three defenders, Oliveira, Arbilla, and Tejero. Even though it's still early in the season I think that Eibar will be forced to defend against most of the teams and to fight hard to stay outside relegation zone because Eibar simply doesn't have enough quality to repeat last season. Angel and Burgos are the two injured players for Eibar and will not be playing in this match. Eibar is solid on the defensive end, but their problem is offense where they are unable to produce enough chances to get their strikers into goal chances. In the first two games, Eibar has had only 5 shots on goal and if coach Jose Luis Mendilibar doesn't change something, this will be a big problem for Eibar in the long run. 

Atletico and Eibar have played 16 times since 2000. with Atletico winning 11 matches, Eibar in 1, while 4 matches ended up in a draw. Atletico hasn't lost any of their last 9 home matches and hasn't lost in any of their last 8 home games against Eibar. Both form and quality are on Atletico's side. Atletico is yet to score more than one goal per game in this season and see this happening here. 

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