Preview - Atletico Madrid vs Deportivo La Coruna 02 April 2018

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Match Day 30
Atletico Madrid vs Deportivo La Coruna
Monday, April 2nd, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano

Atletico Madrid: 
Last five matches form: L W W W L
Average goals per match: 1.7
Average goals against per match: 0.5
Top Scorer: Antoine Griezmann (17)

Deportivo La Coruna:
Last five matches form: D L D L D
Average goals per match: 0.9
Average goals against per match: 2.1
Top Scorer: Florin Andone (7)

Second top meets second bottom this week in La Liga as struggling Deportivo La Coruna travel to the Wanda Metropolitano to take on Diego Simeone's high-flying Atletico Madrid side.

Atletico will continue to be without Filipe Luis at the back. Of more significance though is the absence through suspension of top scorer Antoine Griezmann.

Deportivo have suspension problems of their own with Fernando Navarro unavailable for this game. Fede Cartabia will again be unable to take up his role in the midfield three.

The main difference between those sides comes at the back. An area in which Atletico remain one of the very best in the league. Deportivo meanwhile are the worst. No La Liga side has conceded more goals than Clarence Seedorf's men. They really are going to improve dramatically in defence if they are to hold any hope of avoiding the drop, but time is running out.

Even with Atletico having half an eye on next week's Europa League clash with Sporting Lisbon, and the absence of Griezmann, this looks a hopeless task for Deportivo. A stifling approach would prove unwise given their inability to defend properly, whilst they simply don't have the guns to come out on top should this turn into a shootout.

This should be a fairly routine win for the home side. Take Atletico by two.

Prediction: Atletico Madrid 2 - 0 Deportivo La Coruna


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots: 15 - 10
Shots on target: 3 - 2
Corner Kicks: 9 - 7
Possession: 52% - 48%

Referee Daniel Trujillo was kept relatively busy throughout, issuing yellow cards to Carlos Munoz and Diego Costa for the home side and Luisinho, Lucas Perez and Pedro Mosquera for the visitors.

Little clear cut in the opening stages from either side until an excellent chance presented itself to Deportivo's Lucas Perez in the 22nd minute. He never quite shook off his pursuer when racing through on goal, but will still have been disappointed to only hit the keeper with his effort.

Deportivo began to look the more dangerous side for a spell, particularly down the left-hand side, but in the 34th minute they shot themselves in the foot. When a free kick was hit long into the box, Pedro Mosquera foolishly had a handful of Saul Niguez's shirt. An act which was spotted by the referee who had no hesitation in awarding the penalty kick.

Kevin Gameiro confidently dispatched the ball into the top corner. 1-0 at half-time.

Much huffing and puffing from both sides in the second half and whilst Ateltico recently let a lead slip away to Villareal, they were never likely to do so at home against a relegation threatened side. 1-0 final score.

Atletico gain two points on leaders Barcelona following the Match Day 30 fixtures but the gap still stands at nine points. This win does at least open the gap back to third placed Real Madrid up to four points once again though.

Deportivo probably wouldn't have expected much from their trip to Madrid in advance, and whilst they performed with credit at times, this does still represent another game slipping by without their points total improving. Eight points adrift of safety with only eight games remaining, they need to start winning, and soon.

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