Diego Simeone and his third-placed team will welcome Mallorca to the Wanda Metropolitano this Friday as they bid to continue their ascent up the table.
The capital club head into this tie unbeaten in five games after their 2:2 draw with Barcelona last time out. They have taken 59 points so far this term, two points above Sevilla in fourth. They know that a win here will strengthen their grip on the third position with just four games left to play for the season.
Mallorca meanwhile head into this game on the back of an impressive 5:1 win over Celta Vigo. The visitors were on a poor run of form that saw them pick up only one point (L4) since the season restarted. Vicente Moreno’s boys who currently occupy a relegation spot will be looking to build on that impressive win as they seek to beat the drop.
With an almost full squad, Sime Vrsaljko and Dario Poveda are the only injury absentees for Diego Simeone.
Meanwhile, Vincente Moreno will be without martin Valjnet, and Ante Budimir will miss this tie through suspension while Marc Pedraza is an injury doubt. Lumor Agbenyenu and Leanardo Koutris remain long term absentees.
Head to Head
The last five games between both sides have seen three draws and one win apiece for both sides. The reverse fixture ended in a 2:0 win for Diego Simeone’s side.
Atletico Madrid last five games in all competitions: DWWWW
Mallorca last five games in all competitions: WLLDL
Atletico Madrid head into the game on an impressive run of form. Since the league’s restart, Diego Simeone’s charges are behind only Real Madrid in the form table, having taken 14 points from the last available 18. In that period, they scored twelve times, conceding five times and keeping three clean sheets.
Their last five home games have at home, the hosts have won four, drawing only once. They remain one of the best teams in the league at home this season. Their record of one loss in 16 home games is only bettered by Barca, Valencia, and Real Madrid. Meanwhile, only Athletic Bilbao has conceded fewer goals at home in the league this season while they have recorded eight home clean sheets in the league thus far.
Mallorca meanwhile were surprise winners of their last game as they scored five times past Celta Vigo in their last outing. That win was the first time the visitors were recording more than two goals in a single league game since their 4:1 win over Valencia in January.
Moreno’s boys remain one of the league’s lowest-scoring sides with 22 goals thus far. They have failed to score in 16 of their games this season—a league-high. Nine of those games have come away from home.
They remain one of the worst performers after the break, with just 26 points gotten in the second half of their games. Meanwhile, over 58% of the goals they have conceded have come in the second period, making them the side with the most goals against in the second half.
However, only one of the last five meetings between both sides has featured over 2.5 goals.
Under 2.5 goals @ 4/5
Atletico Madrid to Win @ 3/10
First half draw/Second half Atletico win @ 31/10