Atletico Madrid will begin their 2023-24 La Liga campaign on Monday evening, as they host Granada in the Spanish captain. The visitors will be looking for a shock win on their return to the top-flight.
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Atletico Madrid endured a turbulent campaign in 2022-23, which almost led to the end of the Diego Simeone era at the club. However, they recovered well following the World Cup to push Real Madrid for second spot in the standings. But, they will have their sights set on a renewed push for the league title this term after finishing eleven points behind Barcelona last term.
The Spanish giants have been active throughout the transfer window, but have been unable to pay huge fees in order to attract their top targets. However, there will be a new-look to the defensive line this term following the additions of Caglar Soyuncu and Cesar Azpilicueta. Meanwhile, Atletico have brought in Javi Galan and Santiago Mourino. However, they will likely need more signings before the deadline if they are to push for the title this term.
Granada will be looking ahead to this new season, as they would have taken a lot of confidence from their promotion-winning campaign last term. In their first season back in the second tier, they managed to finish top of the standings after winning 22 of their 42 matches. However, they will likely need to be more challenging to beat in the top-flight, as they lost eleven games in the second tier last term.
They enjoyed a steady pre-season campaign, which saw them win four of their five friendly matches. However, they were beaten in their final pre-season match last weekend, as they lost 1-0 against Almeria.
Atletico Madrid vs Granada Head to Head
Atletico Madrid boasts an excellent record in this fixture, as they have won 13 of their previous 18 matches against Granada. Over that period, they have averaged 2.1 goals per game. However, the previous meeting between the sides in April 2022 ended in a 0-0 draw.
Atletico Madrid vs Granada Prediction
This looks like a straightforward opening day assignment for Atletico Madrid on Monday. They have enjoyed a fine pre-season, and we would be amazed if they aren’t able to claim maximum points in front of their home fans in this opening match.
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