• Tuesday, May 11, 2021
  • Last Update : 07:40 pm

Atletico Madrid need Eibar win to resuscitate title challenge

  • Published at 01:56 pm April 17th, 2021
Atletico Madrid

Four wins in Atletico's last 11 games inspires little confidence they will be able to keep pace with Real and Barca

Time is running out for Atletico Madrid to reboot their La Liga title challenge, even as they still sit top of the table with eight games left to play. 

Atletico remain in pole position, one point ahead of Real Madrid and two in front of Barcelona, but their poor form means it is the chasing duo now considered favourites to lift the trophy. 

Four wins in Atletico's last 11 games inspires little confidence they will be able to keep pace with Real and Barca, who have put early-season problems behind them to accelerate down the final straight. 

But a victory at home to struggling Eibar on Sunday would go some way to reigniting belief. 

It would put Atletico five points ahead of Barcelona, who are playing the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, and four clear of Madrid, before Zinedine Zidane's side take on Getafe later on Sunday night. 

Marcos Llorente will be back, having served his suspension by missing last weekend's draw against Real Betis, but Atleti will still be without Luis Suarez, who is expected to need another fortnight to overcome his leg injury. 

With Joao Felix also out, Diego Simeone has a lack of options in attack, Angel Correa the likely partner for Llorente up front, assuming Moussa Dembele is not suddenly thrust into favour. 

Zidane said last weekend that Real Madrid are "physically at their limit" and he will be forced to make changes too at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. 

Casemiro is suspended after being sent off in the Clasico, meaning Isco or Fede Valverde could start in midfield while Raphael Varane is still unavailable after testing positive for Covid-19. 

With Sergio Ramos injured and Nacho Fernandez suspended, it leaves Eder Militao as Madrid's only fit central defender. 

Ferland Mendy may have to play centrally or Zidane could turn to youth, with the 21-year-old Victor Chust also an option. 

Eden Hazard should at least be fresh, after returning to training two weeks ago, while Mariano Diaz and Marcelo could also be handed rare starts. 

Sevilla will need to beat fifth-placed Real Sociedad to boost their hopes of joining the title race while at the other end of the table, Huesca take on Alaves in a battle of 16th against 19th. 

Huesca have transformed their survival chances after back-to back wins over Levante and Elche, but their reward is only a one-point cushion over the bottom three. 

One to watch: 

Eden Hazard Hazard was left out of Real Madrid's squad for the crunch games against Barcelona and Liverpool but the Belgian has been back in training for the last two weeks and could return what should be a less demanding fixture against Getafe. 

Madrid have learned to live without Hazard in recent months and it remains to be seen what part he can, or will, play during the run-in. 

Key stats: 

4 - Victories for Atletico Madrid in their last 11 La Liga games 

1 - Point separates second-placed Real Madrid from Atletico at the top of the table 

9 - Goals from Villarreal's Gerard Moreno in his last seven matches in all competitions 

3 - Games unbeaten for Huesca as they try to avoid relegation

Facebook 51
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail