Diego Simeone will be expecting his Atletico Madrid outfit to start the new La Liga season with a simple three points when they welcome Getafe to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium this Sunday. Atletico Madrid had yet another strong outing last season, but once again found themselves falling second best to Barcelona who took the La Liga title. Getafe also had themselves a good season which saw them end the campaign sat up in fifth place, just two points off of a Champions League spot. Atletico Madrid took all six points from their two meetings with Getafe last season, with two 2-0 victories.
Diego Simeone will be feeling confident in his side’s chances of securing three points on Sunday, with them arriving off the back of four consecutive wins. The first of their wins came against their bitter rivals Real Madrid, who were left shocked when Atletico secured a 7-3 victory in their friendly. Atletico then went onto face the MLS All-Stars, who they also made light work of, beating them 3-0. The Spanish side’s third consecutive win came in the following fixture against Atletico San Luis, who proved to be difficult opponents as they narrowly lost out 2-1. Last time out, Diego Simeone’s men faced Juventus and after 90 minutes Atletico secured their fourth win on the bounce, beating the Italian side 2-1.
José Bordalás will also be pleased with his side’s performances during pre-season, as they head into their opening game of the season having gone four games without a defeat. During game one, Getafe went up against Albacete who held the Spanish side to a 1-1 draw. Getafe then welcomed Crotone to their home ground and won 1-0, before then drawing 0-0 with RCD Mallorca. Their most recent fixture had them face Serie A side Atalanta, who they secured an impressive 4-1 victory over.
Joao Felix has been in great form since joining Atletico and will be looking to get off to a quick start in La Liga this weekend. Thomas Lemar got himself on the scoresheet last time out and looks set to earn a starting spot on Sunday. Diego Simeone remains without Sime Vrsaljiko who is unavailable through injury.
Filip Manojlovic, Amath Ndiaye Diedhiou and Vitorino Antunes are all ruled out through injury. Mathias Olivera has put on some good displays during pre-season, with the player adding to his tally against Atalanta after joining from the bench and could be in with a starting spot on Sunday.
Atletico Madrid dominated this clash last season and we are expecting them to do the same this weekend. The hosts can be backed to win at a price of 1.44, while their opponents sit at 8.00. We fancy Atletico Madrid to win both halves of this fixture and Joao Felix has been in strong form throughout the summer, so we fancy the youngster to get on the scoresheet this weekend.