Atletico have the opportunity to move up to second place in the La Liga standings when they host Granada on Thursday (21/4) early morning WIB at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Crazy Ball – After going three games without a win in all competitions, including a disappointing goalless draw at home in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City to see them out of the tournament, Atletico Madrid managed to get back on track after beating Espanyol by a score of 2 -1 thanks to two goals from Yannick Carrasco with the winning goal scored in the 100th minute to become their slowest winning goal ever.
The result keeps hope Los Rojiblancos to compete for a second-place finish in La Liga this season when they are fourth, still have the same 60 points as the two teams above them Sevilla and Barcelona, but the Catalans have a game in hand.
Granada, meanwhile, will go into this clash having suffered two straight defeats and conceding eight goals from those two defeats after being humiliated by Levante 1-4 at home to leave them now in grave threat of slipping into the relegation zone.
Granada are currently 17th in the table with 29 points from 32, but that is the same number of points and matches that Real Mallorca have in 18th and both are also only four points clear of Levante and Deportivo Alaves who are in second place bottom of the standings
In the 17 head-to-head encounters between the two sides, Atletico Madrid won 13 matches, while Granada won just one, and the other three ended in a draw.
Atletico Madrid are without Geoffrey Kondogbia, who will serve a suspension after he was sent off in the win over Espanyol. Jose Gimenez is still out through injury and Felipe is suspended.
Granada also have a suspension in their squad as important centre-back German Sanchez was sent off in the previous game.
Atletico Madrid XI (3-4-2-1): Jan Oblak; Sime Vrsaljko, Stefan Savic, Mario Hermoso; Marcos Llorente, Koke, Rodrigo de Paul, Yannick Carrasco; Thomas Lemar, Angel Correa; Joao Felix
Granada XI (5-3-2): Luis Maximiano; Quini, Victor Diaz, Domingos Duarte, Mickaël Malsa, Sergio Escudero; Antonio Puertas, Luis Milla, Alex Collado; Jorge Molina, Darwin Machis
Atletico Madrid are almost certainly not in the title race and will lose the title they won last season and manager Diego Simeone will be disappointed with his side’s form in the league this term. The arrivals of Rodrigo De Paul, Matheus Cunha, and Antoine Griezmann proved to be of little help.
Granada, who are 16th and just a point off 18th-placed Cadiz, have lost three of their last five league games and of course they will be the underdogs against Atletico Madrid.
Score Prediction: Atletico Madrid 2-0 Granada