La Liga Preview: Atletico Madrid vs. Eibar

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Updated: August 28, 2014
Atletico Madrid- Mandzukic

Match Date: 30 August 2014 (local time)

Venue: Vicente Calderon

 

A triumphant Atletico Madrid brought home the Spanish Super Cup trophy, but the squad fell short in securing their first win in the domestic league. Amidst the frustrating result, the squad remains confident that it can readily defend its title against strong contenders such as Barcelona and Real Madrid. This is most especially true now that Diego Simeone is serving his 8-match ban

 

The contenders

Atletico Madrid

Diego Simeone was quick to defend that his absence will not affect Atletico’s title run this season. The Argentinian maestro was handed an 8-match ban during the Spanish Super Cup after an altercation against the game’s fourth official.
According to Simeone, the that they deserve the even steven finish against Rayo Vallecano. He stressed that the latter performed better during the second half—so much better that ending in a scoreless stalemate was readily inevitable.

 

Eibar

If an air of disappointment is felt in Vicente Calderon, a different atmosphere is present in Eibar. The newly-promoted squad clinched its first win in the top-flight league when it crushed the online betting favorite, Real Sociedad.
Indeed, Eibar was a total stunner and it is not surprising if they run away with a victory against Atletico.

 

Possible head turners

Atletico supporters will be expecting goals from the squad’s triumvirate, Antoine Griezmann, Mario Mandzukic and Raul Jimenez. It is also said that the club is interested in securing the signature of Swiss international and Bayern Munich player, Xheridan Shaqiri.  Should the deal pushes through, there is a possibility for Shaqiri to join them in their next series of matches.

 

What the odds say

Despite the draw, Atletico Madrid remains as the match’s online betting favorite.

 

 

 

Image Source: New Telegraph Online