Preview - Atletico Madrid vs Eibar 21 May 18

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Match Day 38
Atletico Madrid vs Eibar
Monday, May 21st, 2018
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano

Atletico Madrid: 
Last five matches form: W W L W W
Average goals per match: 1.51
Average goals against per match: 0.54
Top Scorer: Antoine Griezmann (19)

Last five matches form: W L D W W
Average goals per match: 1.14
Average goals against per match: 1.30
Top Scorer: Charles ( 8 )

Newly crowned Europa League kings Atletico Madrid make their heroic homecoming in the final round of La Liga this weekend as they round off their 2017/18 campaign with a home game against Eibar.

Atletico merely need to avoid defeat here to rubber stamp second placed position in what has been an excellent season for Diego Simeone and his men. If the rumour mill is to be believed, this game may also be the last in red and white stripes for talismanic frontman Antoine Griezmann.

Sitting in ninth position, Eibar have enjoyed a solid campaign of their own, and having been in decent form of late will fancy their chances of picking something up from this traditionally tough away fixture.

Atletico are at full strength for this fixture. Eibar have a few niggles, with the main absentee set to be Sergi Enrich up front. This is however partially offset by the return of Kike Garcia to the fold.

The first game between these sides was a tight encounter, with Atletico just doing enough to run out 1-0 winners.

Atletico will have been disappointed to lose their unbeaten home record to Espanyol last time out, but on a high following that Europa League triumph, they should be in celebratory mode here and have enough in their locker to finish the season on a high.

Prediction: Atletico Madrid 2 - 1 Eibar


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots:  8 - 14
Shots on target: 4 - 3
Corner Kicks: 2 - 2
Possession: 51% - 49%

This was a surprisingly ill-disciplined affair considering there was so little at stake for either side.

Dani Garcia and David Lomban of Eibar had their names taken by referee Alfonso Alvarez. Atletico meanwhile had Filip Luiz, Fernando Torres, Diego Costa and Stefan Savic booked, in addition to Lucas Hernandez being sent off for two bookable offences.

In what was a weekend of goodbye's in La Liga, the Wanda Metropolitano bade farewell to one of its favourite sons as Fernando Torres made his final appearance for the club. And El Nino signed off in style.

It was however Eibar who took the lead after 35 minutes. Paulo Oliveira lumping the ball forward and Joan Jordan playing in Kike on the left-hand side of the area. Kike sliding in to finish past the outrushing Jan Oblak.

Seven minutes later Atletico were back on level terms. Gabi playing in Angel Correa to race in on goal having beat the offside trap on the halfway line. The keeper raced out to meet him but keeping pace to the right was that man Torres, Correa sent the ball in that direction allowing Torres to side foot home. 1-1 at the interval.

Torres struck again on the hour mark. Outpacing the defence when played in by Diego Costa to side step the keeper and fire in from the right-hand side of the area.

The goal of the came in the form of an equaliser for Eibar. Fabian Orellana's cross from the left being cleared, but only as far as Ruben Jimenez Pana around 25 yards out. Pana chesting down before unleashing a piledriver into the top right corner.

Atletico were already booked for second ahead of this fixture and finish the season next best behind runaway La Liga winners, Barcelona.

Eibar move up to finish a very respectable ninth.

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