It could be a big weekend in the race for second spot in the La Liga standings, as Atletico could leap frog their city rivals if they are able to pick up maximum points. However, Almeria will be desperate for the points as they remain just three clear of the drop zone.
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It has been an excellent 2023 to this point for Atletico Madrid, as they have been in stunning form since the resumption of the league. Atletico currently sits third in the standings, but they could move up to second in the standings this weekend with victory. They look good value for a Champions League spot at this stage, as they are ten clear of fifth-placed Villarreal with ten games left to play.
Atletico comes into this match on Sunday having failed to lose in their previous 12 league matches. That includes a run of five straight defeats in their latest fixtures. They haven’t gone 13 games without defeat in La Liga since December 2020, when they went 26 without suffering a loss.
Almeria is still fighting for survival at the bottom of the La Liga standings, but their chances of achieving that goal were boosted last weekend with a much-needed victory. The win means that they are now three points above the drop zone with ten games remaining.
The visitors also come into this showdown having failed to lose in their previous three. However, their record in Madrid is extremely poor. They have failed to register a success in their previous 21 visits, losing on 16 occasions over that period. Furthermore, they have failed to score on their previous six visits to the Spanish capital.
Atletico Madrid vs Almeria Head to Head
Atletico has a strong record in this fixture, as they have suffered just two defeats in their previous 13 in La Liga against Almeria. Both defeats were also suffered away from home, with the most recent coming in February 2014. Atletico has also won each of their last two home matches that they have played against Almeria.
Atletico Madrid vs Almeria Prediction
Almeria certainly doesn’t appear to enjoy their trips to the Spanish capital, and we can’t see this match ending with a much happier story. We fully expect Atletico to maintain their charge in La Liga toward second spot with a straightforward home victory.
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