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Jan 21, 2021 at 8.30pm UK at Ipurua Municipal Stadium
EibarEibar
1-2
AtleticoAtletico Madrid
Dmitrovic (12' pen.)
Arbilla (82'), Kike (90+1'), Pozo (90+4')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Suarez (40', 89' pen.)
Felipe (62'), Savic (90+1')

Preview: Eibar vs. Atletico Madrid - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Thursday's La Liga clash between Eibar and Atletico Madrid, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Leaders Atletico Madrid return to action on Thursday evening looking to record their sixth successive victory in Spain's top flight.

Meanwhile, Eibar play host to the La Liga pacesetters sitting three points outside of the relegation zone, a result of losing three of their last five games.


Match preview

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone pictured in January 2021© Reuters

The shock Copa del Rey defeat at Cornella had the potential to derail Atletico's efforts on the La Liga scene, particularly after previous scrappy wins over Getafe and Alaves.

However, Diego Simeone will feel confident that the disappointment from that fixture has disappeared after the 2-0 victory over Sevilla six days later.

Atletico rose to the occasion against opponents who could still challenge for a top-three spot come the end of the campaign, their goals coming from Angel Correa and Saul Niguez at either end of the game.

While still possessing two matches in hand on Real Madrid and Barcelona, Simeone knows that his players have to be ruthless in their search for points if they wish to remain ahead of their improving title rivals.

Conceding just six league goals all season is responsible for putting Atletico in their current position, but Simeone needs more from an attack which has not scored more than twice in a game for a month.

From Eibar's perspective, a meeting with the league leaders could not have come at a worse time after their exit to Navalcarnero in the Copa del Rey.

Jose Luis Mendilibar expected his players to deliver a professional display having been taken to extra time in a seven-goal thriller by Las Rozas 10 days earlier.

However, just like they did in their previous game against lower-league opposition, Eibar conceded three goals to a team they should have dispatched with minimal fuss.

Eight goals have now been shipped in the three matches since their 2-0 win over Granada, leaving Eibar to find something extra if they wish to be competitive in their upcoming fixtures.

Nevertheless, Los Armeros have troubled Real and Barcelona over the past month, something which will not be lost on both sides heading into this contest.

Eibar La Liga form: DLLDWL
Eibar form (all competitions): LDWWLL

Atletico Madrid La Liga form: LWWWWW
Atletico Madrid form (all competitions): WWWWLW


Team News

Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier pictured in December 2020© Reuters

Atletico must do without Kieran Trippier and Koke, who are both suspended for this contest.

Although Valencia are to come on Sunday, Simeone is expected to name his strongest possible side for this game.

Moussa Dembele, who has arrived from Lyon, will only be considered for a place on the substitutes' bench.

Eibar are hoping that Bryan Gil overcomes a knock to feature on the left-hand side of midfield.

Yoshinori Muto is in contention for a starting spot after his goal in the Copa del Rey.

Eibar possible starting lineup:
Dmitrovic; Pozo, Oliveira, Bigas, Arbilla; Inui, Diop, Exposito, Gil; Enrich, Garcia

Atletico Madrid possible starting lineup:
Oblak; Savic, Gimenez, Felipe; Vrsaljko, Saul, Llorente, Carrasco; Correa, Suarez, Felix


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We say: Eibar 0-2 Atletico Madrid

Under pressure from the chasing pack, Atletico know that they can ill-afford any slip-ups if they wish to retain their advantage. However, the extra pressure could benefit Simeone's men, and we expect a relatively comfortable win for the visitors on Thursday night.


Top betting tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting under 3.5 goals in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Under 3.5:data


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How you voted: Eibar vs Atletico

Eibar
18.8%
Draw
11.9%
Atletico Madrid
69.3%
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Atletico MadridAtletico24184247163158
2Barcelona25165455223353
3Real Madrid25165443202353
4Sevilla24153634181648
5Real Sociedad25119542212142
6Real Betis25123103338-539
7Villarreal2581343327637
8Granada2596103142-1133
9Levante2571173534132
10Athletic Bilbao2486103428630
11Celta Vigo257993037-730
12Osasuna2577112333-1028
13Getafe2576122030-1027
14Valencia2569103035-527
15CadizCadiz2567122141-2025
16AlavesAlaves2557132039-1922
17EibarEibar25410112028-822
18Real Valladolid25410112336-1322
19ElcheElche2449112136-1521
20Huesca25311112236-1420

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