Atlético de Madrid vs Athletic Club LIVE ONLINE | Santander League

In a disappointing campaign up to now, Atlético de Madrid has regained regularity to settle in fourth position in LaLiga Santander (LL) with a four-point advantage, currently having gone five unbeaten games in the championship (G3, D2). In their last match, Atleti were left with ten at min 70, but showed resilience and managed to beat Celta de Vigo 1-0 in Balaídos in extremis thanks to Memphis Depay’s first goal as rojiblanco (min 89).

«I came to this great club to score goals,» declared the ex-Azulgrana, without a doubt a very important reinforcement for the striker of the mattress team. Depay’s offensive contribution can greatly help Cholo Simeone’s side at the Metropolitano, where he has won just two of his last six LL games (W2, D3, P1). This Sunday, Atleti will face Athletic Club, against whom Simeone has never lost at home in LL since his arrival on the rojiblanco bench (11 duels-G9, E2).

Ernesto Valverde, who has just renewed his contract as Athletic coach until June 2024, has lost in only two of his most recent seven duels as coach against Simeone (G3, D2, P2), and his squad visits the Metropolitan full of confidence after having chained victories in LL for the first time since September. The lions travel to the capital after ending a series of seven league outings without winning (E3, P4) by winning 2-1 at Mestalla. Seventh at the start of this day, Athletic must continue to improve their results away from home to increase their chances of qualifying for a UEFA competition for the first time since LL 2016-17.

Something that the Basque club has in its favor is a forward that is fine, with young talents like Nico Williams and Oihan Sancet. Only Barcelona and Real Madrid surpass Athletic’s 31 goals (1.48 p. p.) at the start of this day, and after «a very important boost» (Valverde), Athletic certainly seems capable of storming the Metropolitano and taking revenge for their a 1-0 loss to the colchoneros in October.

Players to watch: Since the start of the 2021-22 season, no Atleti player has opened the scoring more times in LL than Ángel Correa (nine). If the Argentine winger is a key player for Atleti, his counterpart Nico Williams is no less so for Athletic; The youngest of the Williams brothers has scored/assisted eight goals in this season, and last season he signed the winning goal over Atleti in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup.

Highlight: Six red cards have been shown in Atlético de Madrid’s last five home games in LL.