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Played
April 10, 2011 6:00 PM BST
Estadio Vicente Calderón — Madrid
Referee:‬ Alfonso Álvarez‎
Attendance:‬ 45000‎
 
12′ Filipe Luis
 
 
 

La Liga preview: Atletico Madrid - Real Sociedad

By Prakhar Deep Gupta


PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Atletico Madrid: De Gea;  Dominguez, Godín, Ujfalusi, Perea; Tiago, Suarez, Raul Garcia; Reyes; Aguero, Diego Costa

Atletico Madrid

Real Sociedad: Bravo; Martínez, Estrada, González, Ansotegi; Xabi Prieto, Rivas, Aranburu, Zurutuza, Griezmann; Tamudo

Real Sociedad

DID YOU KNOW?
 
  • Atletico have won both league matches in which neither Sergio Aguero nor Diego Forlan started this season. 
  • The mattress makers have scored almost 50 per cent of their goals in last 15 minutes of their games. 
  • Los Colchoneros are just three points off European spots. In the words of defender Diego Godin: “The match against the Basque side is fundamental to our aspirations”. 
  • In their last 4 games, Atletico have not lost to the Basque side. 
  • Real Sociedad are on a run of four straight defeats for the second time this season in the league. Defeat in this match would result in their longest losing streak of the campaign.
  •  Lasarte's side have scored only once in their last five away matches in the league and have lost each of these five games. 
  • ‘La Real’ are just six points from the relegation zone after taking just one point from last six matches 

LAST MEETING
November 22, 2010: Real Sociedad 2-4 Atletico Madrid

The inimitable strike duo of Sergio Aguero and Diego Forlan had helped Atletico overcome a half-time deficit to win 4-2 at Real Sociedad. The visitors had trailed to Joseba Llorente's 12th-minute effort but a late flurry of goals, with Forlan levelling with 19 minutes to go and two late Aguero efforts, turned the match on its head.



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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
1David de GeaGoalkeeper
3Filipe LuisDefender
2Diego GodínDefender
14L. PereaDefender
-Tomas UjfalusiDefender
6KokeMidfielder
4Mario SuárezMidfielder
5TiagoMidfielder
21ReyesStriker
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
19Diego CostaStriker
15Álvaro DomínguezDefender
8Raúl GarcíaMidfielder
1JoelGoalkeeper
20JuanfranDefender
10Diego ForlánStriker
17EliasMidfielder
12Paulo AssunçaoMidfielder
1Claudio BravoGoalkeeper
22Dani EstradaMidfielder
11Vadim DemidovDefender
15Ion GorostolaDefender
2Carlos Martínez DíezDefender
10Xabi PrietoMidfielder
5Markel BergaraMidfielder
7Antoine GriezmannStriker
4Gorka Gorka Elustondo UrkiolaMidfielder
11Mikel Aranburu EizagirreMidfielder
20Raúl TamudoStriker
17Zurutuza Midfielder
3Mikel González MartínezDefender
21Diego IfránStriker
19Diego RivasMidfielder
13ZubikaraiGoalkeeper
-SutilMidfielder
-Mikel LabakaDefender
Players to Watch
Sergio Agüero
Sergio Agüero
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 16
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

Although, it was Diego Costa who scored a hat-trick, Atletico always look to their captain ‘Kun’ to provide inspiration whenever they need it. Returning from a suspension, he will be well rested and raring to go to ensure a European spot for 'Los Colchoneros'

Xabi Prieto
Xabi Prieto
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
28 2 5 0

Xabi Prieto was once drawing rave reviews from all and sundry. However, those days seem to be a distant memory, as the player himself admitted that he was not satisfied with his performance. ‘La Real’ desperately need their talisman to be back at his best to survive the drop.

 

Probable Lineups
David de Gea 1
Filipe Luis 3
Diego Godín 2
L. Perea 14
Tomas Ujfalusi 0
Koke 6
Mario Suárez 4
Tiago 5
Reyes 21
Sergio Agüero 16
Diego Costa 19
Claudio Bravo 1
Dani Estrada 22
Vadim Demidov 11
Ion Gorostola 15
Carlos Martínez Díez 2
Xabi Prieto 10
Markel Bergara 5
Antoine Griezmann 7
Gorka Gorka Elustondo Urkiola 4
Mikel Aranburu Eizagirre 11
Raúl Tamudo 20
Prediction

Real Sociedad have not won in their last five away games and with ‘Kun’ Aguero returning for Atletico Madrid, it seems difficult that the Basque side will be able to get anything out of this match. To add to that fact, last time Costa scored a very unexpected hat-trick to secure three points in match that Atleti were widely expected to lose. A close fought win seems a likely possibility for the home side.

Editor's Prediction
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
26 4
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0