Having easily dealt with Valencia, Atletico will travel to Nuevo Los Carmenes in an attempt to continue on the high note against Granada. The match will commence at 1:30 am IST on 12 March 2017. The match will be telecasted on Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD. Online viewers in India can catch the match on SonyLiv.
Both these sides still have plenty to play for this season with Atleti targeting a top four finish and Granada desperately trying to stay in La Liga. The Andalusians have been getting a few home results of late though and we could see a relatively open game here, as a draw won’t do much for either side.
Granada CF are in the eighteenth position, in the dangerous zone for several rounds, but they managed to win several games so if they keep their form in check they might be able to survive in La Liga. In previous five matches, they managed to win twice, but they were defeated in the other three duels.
They improved their home performances significantly, and now they are without a defeat in previous four clashes at Carmenes (W4 D1), but also Granada was winning at both half time and full time in previous three home fixtures.
On the other hand, Atletico have been brutal in head to head clashes with Granada. The team from Vicente Calderon took as many as nine wins and played two draws in 11 matches with Nazaries. Atletico Madrid will surely try to use the slip up by Sevilla on Monday and to get closer to third-placed team, but still seven points separate the two teams.
In previous round they welcomed Valencia, but this season team from Mestalla can’t compete against World’s top teams like Atletico, especially not while Griezmann is on fire. In away games this season, Atletico was defeated three times so far, whilst winning and drawing five games each. They are also unbeaten in 10 out of the last 11 games, with only defeat coming against Barcelona in a recent clash that ended 1:2 at Vicente Calderon.
Possible starting lineups
Granada: Ochoa; Silva, Hongla, Ingason; Hector, Uche, Wakaso, Foulquier; Pereira, Ramos, Cuenca
Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Vrsaljko, Savic, Goodin, Luis; Gaitan, Koke, Niguez, Carrasco; Correa, Griezmann