Atlético Madrid vs Elche CF Preview 22/08/2021

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Atletico Madrid got their title defence off to a fine start on matchday 1 of the La Liga season. Diego Simeone’s team claimed a 2-1 win over Celta Vigo with the result never in much doubt.

On matchday 2, Los Rojiblancos host Elche at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. Elche claimed a point against Athletic Bilbao on matchday 1 courtesy of a nil-nil draw.

😊 Sonríe, dentro de solo dos días jugamos otra vez 🙌

— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) August 20, 2021

In 2020-21, Atletico Madrid did the double over Elche outscoring the Green Striped Ones 4-1. The game played in the Spanish capital saw Luis Suarez score on either side of halftime before Elche’s Lucas Boye pull a goal back.

Diego Costa finished off the win for Atletico Madrid from the penalty spot on 80 minutes. The reverse fixture at Elche was a routine 1-0 win for Los Rojiblancos. A Marcos Llorente first half goal was enough for the victory.

Atletico Madrid had La Liga’s best record in 2020-21 with 15W-3D-1L. Simeone’s side is known for its suffocating defence which conceded just 11 times at the Wanda. Meanwhile, the attack tallied 41 home goals.

Elche finished 17th overall in the La Liga table last season. Just two points separated them from the relegation zone. The club’s road form was the culprit of the bad campaign as just 13 points from 57 were taken away from home. It was the league’s second-worst away points total.

Manager Fran Escriba’s team scored just 16 goals and conceded 32 times away from home. Playing against La Liga’s strongest defensive team year-in, year-out, it is likely Sunday’s game will be low on scoring for the Green Striped Ones.

Simeone will be without defender Mario Hermoso after he was sent off against Celta Vigo on opening day. Joao Felix isn’t quite ready to return to the team following ankle surgery.

The club is looking to add another attacking midfielder and this week, Man City’s Bernardo Silva was linked with a transfer to Madrid. Meanwhile, full-back Kieran Trippier could move back to England before August ends.

Escriba has no new injury issues going into the weekend. The pressure on the manager could increase this weekend if Elche fail to score for a second straight weekend.

Atletico Madrid are on a two-game winning streak against Elche and should move the figure to three straight wins on Sunday at the Wanda. Atletico Madrid should find little resistance as they tally over 2.5 goals and win to nil.

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