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Copa del Rey: Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Club: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast

Published at :February 5, 2024 at 5:05 PM
Modified at :February 5, 2024 at 5:05 PM
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Novojyoti Bhattacharjee


A battle between two of the top teams in LaLiga for a place in the Final

It has been a positive turnaround for Atletico Madrid in the last few matches, as they have been unbeaten for six games. After losing the Super Cup to Real Madrid, Diego Simeone will look to win the cup this time around. Marcos Llorente scored in extra time in the last match against Real Madrid to salvage a draw. With the Copa del Rey up for grabs, Atletico Madrid is determined to put on an excellent performance to reach the final. 

It is under the leadership of Ernesto Valverde that Athletic Club has become one of the best sides in the league, sitting comfortably in fifth place, three points behind Atletico Madrid in fourth place. In the last 18 matches they have played, they have lost just one, demonstrating the success they are having. However, this season, they have been a force in the Copa del Rey, knocking Barcelona out in a quarterfinal.

Kick-Off:

Thursday, 8 February at 2:00 AM IST

Location- Civitas Metropolitan Stadium

Form:

Atletico Madrid (in all competitions): D-W-W-W-W

Athletic Club (in all competitions): W-D-W-L-W

Player to Watch

Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)

His return to form has been greatly aided by Diego Simeone’s change of system this season. In this season, he has scored 11 goals and provided six assists for the team. He is one of the top performers in the league and has played a huge role in helping Atletico Madrid reach the top four. 

Gorka Guruzeta (Athletic Club)

The striker has been in excellent form this season for Athletic Club thanks to his ability to score goals and poacher instinct  in front of goal. He has already scored ten goals this season, improving his total from last season. He scored an important goal against Barcelona in the last round that helped set up the win. 

Match Facts

  • Atletico Madrid defeated Sevilla in the last round to set up a semi final clash against Athletic Club
  • Athletic Club defeated Barcelona in the last round to record a historic win
  • The last time these two side met each other, Athletic Club defeated Atletico Madrid by 2-0

Injury and Teams News

Despite the impressive run of form, Simeone has lost a few key players, including Gimenez. However, they have managed to secure the services of Paulista, who will aim to make an immediate impact on the team. Injured players include Azpilicueta, Lemar, Vitolo, and Paulo. 

Ernesto Valverde will be keeping an eye on Berenguer’s fitness as he faces a race against time after recovering from a hamstring injury. Lekue is also out after sustaining a leg injury. 

Head-to-Head 

Total Matches- 31

Atletico Madrid- 19

Athletic Club- 8

Draw- 4

Predicted Lineup for Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Club

Atletico Madrid Predicted lineup (3-5-2):

Oblak; Savic, Witsel, Hermoso, Llorente, Riquelme, Koke, De Paul, Niguez; Griezmann, Morata

Athletic Club Predicted lineup (4-2-3-1):

Simon;de Marcos, Peredes, Álvarez, Berchiche;Prados, de Galarreta; Williams, Sancet, Williams; Guruzeta

Match Prediction for Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Club

While Atletico Madrid has been undefeated for six matches, they face a physical opponent in the form of Athletic Club who are technically skilled and can cause havoc at any time. The home advantage will play an important role in Atletico Madrid’s chances, so they will fancy their chances. 

Prediction: Atletico Madrid 2-1 Athletic Club

Telecast for Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Club

India – FanCode

UK – ViaPlay, BT Sport

US –  ESPN+

Nigeria – No Telecast

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