The Spanish season resumes before the end of 2022, and two sides that face a uphill struggle to achieve their goals for the campaign will clash in their respective first games back. Atletico Madrid will be hoping to end a three-game wait for a victory, while Elche will be hoping for a first win of the 2022-23 season.
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Atletico Madrid will be desperate to get back to winning ways in La Liga when the season resumes, as they come into this fixture sitting outside of the Champions League places. They could move into the top four with victory on the road, but they have picked up just one win from their previous five matches in the league.
It has been a disappointing season throughout the campaign for the Spanish giants to this point, and there is a sense among fans that things can only get better. Atletico has picked up just seven wins from 14 games, while they have suffered four defeats already this term. But, there remains excellent talent within this squad, and that ensures that they remain a front-runner to finish in the top-four.
Elche will be looking to achieve the greatest of all great escapes this season, as they remain locked at the bottom of the standings in La Liga. They are yet to taste victory in the 2022-23 season, having lost ten of the 14 games that they have played. Elche also currently has the worst defensive record in the Spanish top-flight.
They come into this fixture having lost their previous three games, and that leaves them sitting eight points from safety. It looks incredibly hard to see Elche surviving this season, but victory against Atletico could be the morale-boosting win that they need to offer a glimmer of hope.
Atletico Madrid vs Elche Head to Head
Atletico has an excellent record in this fixture, as they have won each of the previous eight league matches that they have played against Elche. Over that run, they have kept a clean sheet in seven of their wins. Elche’s only positive recent result against Atletico was a 1-1 draw in the Copa del Rey in 2017.
Atletico Madrid vs Elche Prediction
Things look extremely bleak for Elche this season, and they haven’t shown anything to this point to suggest that they have what it takes to get out of the relegation places. Therefore, we expect Atletico to pick up a comfortable win at home.
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