Atletico Madrid’s slim title hopes went up in smoke a fortnight ago when they threw away a 1-0 lead heading into the final ten minutes to lose 2-1 at Villarreal. They are 11 points behind Barcelona heading into this round of fixtures and with only 9 games to go, they now appear to be fighting for 2nd place.
Trying to win the Europa League will perhaps be their main priority though and they have a big week coming up with two matches against Sporting Lisbon either side of the Madrid derby in La Liga. A convincing victory here would set the tone nicely for that crunch period and they should have little trouble seeing off Depor.
The Galicians are in a real mess. They appointed Clarence Seedorf two months ago but the Dutchman has failed to win a game, yet alone revive their fortunes. It’s just 3 points from 7 matches for Depor under Seedorf and that’s a shocking return when you consider none of those matches were against top six sides.
Their 1-1 home draw with fellow strugglers Las Palmas a fortnight ago looks like a terminal blow for their survival hopes. With Levante winning their last two, Depor are now 7 points from safety and staring firmly in the direction of the Segunda Division. They have the second worst away record in the division with just 0.43 points per game on the road this term. Their last 14 league games have yielded just 5 points so there’s virtually no reason to think they are going to cause an upset here.
Even an away goal would be a surprise. Depor have failed to score in 50% of their away league games this term and in 38% of their matches overall. Atleti meanwhile remain a stubborn defensive outfit with just 0.29 goals per game conceded on average at home this term in La Liga. 71% of those matches have seen them keep a clean sheet and they remain undefeated at the Wanda Metropolitano in La Liga and they’d dearly love to extend that record into next season.
Overall this is an absolute home banker and backing Atletico Madrid to Win to Nil looks good given their exceptional defensive record coupled with Depor’s general incompetence in most areas of the pitch.
Going for Diego Costa to Score Anytime could also be worth a punt. With Griezmann suspended, he will be the focal point of the Atleti attack here and he has averaged a goal every 145 minutes in all competitions since rejoining the club.
Head To Head
Atleti have won 4 of the previous 6 meetings. They’ve won all of their last 6 home games against Depor to nil, scoring 17 goals in the process.
Atletico Madrid vs Deportivo La Coruna Stats
- Atletico have won in each of their last 11 home La Liga games against Deportivo, keeping a clean sheet in nine of those ties.
- The last time Deportivo avoided defeat in a league away game against Atletico was in February 2004 (0-0), in the Javier Irureta era.
- Atletico have kept clean sheets in their last five La Liga home games, their longest run without conceding at home since February 2013 (eight).
- Deportivo are winless in their last 14 league games (D5 L9), and could record their longest ever winless run in the top-flight (15).
- Seedorf could be the first Deportivo manager to fail to win any of his first eight games in charge in La Liga (D3 L4) since Enrique Orizaola in 1966 (D2 L6).