Road warriors Cádiz are in town for a Saturday night clash with Atlético Madrid, with both sides looking to maintain impressive unbeaten runs.
It’s been a while since these two teams have tangoed, but Atlético have never lost a home match to Cádiz. In fact, the Rojiblancos have won 11 of 12 — the one draw took place on May 5, 1991, when Atleti finished second and only two points were awarded for a win.
But let’s start with the visitors, whose return to LaLiga couldn’t be going better. It’s been a long road back for Álvaro Cervera’s men, but they have announced themselves with a bang. Cádiz’s four victories this season have all come away from home, and all wins have been shutouts. This includes a 1-0 upset over Real Madrid, a result which could easily have been 2- or 3-0. Five different players have scored the team’s eight goals, with 35-year-old Álvaro Negredo netting twice and laying on three assists.
Atlético return home following a difficult midweek result in Russia. Lokomotiv Moscow held Los Colchoneros to a 1-1 draw to make Champions League Group A mighty interesting, but things look rosier in LaLiga. Atleti remain the league’s only unbeaten team and are trying to extend the joint-fourth longest unbeaten streak in the competition’s history. That streak stands at 22 games.
Diego Simeone now can count on new arrival Geoffrey Kondogbia, and the former Valencia midfielder is expected to make his debut after a month out. The coach will have to wait for a fully-fit squad until after the upcoming international break, and he will be without Vitolo, Yannick Carrasco and Diego Costa against Cervera’s tough defensive block. Cádiz have averaged just 36 percent possession this season, so it will be up to João Félix and co. to try to find more paths to goal than against Lokomotiv. Cádiz goalkeeper Jeremías Ledesma has saved 94 percent of shots faced in five starts.
Finally, midfielder Augusto Fernández will make his return to the capital after leaving Atlético nearly three years ago. Augusto joined Atleti from Celta Vigo in a €6 million deal on New Year’s Day 2016, but a devastating knee injury shelved him for much of the 2016/17 and 2017/18 campaigns. He left for Beijing Renhe in January 2018.
Date Nov. 7, 2020
Location Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid
Kickoff time 9:00 p.m. CET, 8:00 p.m. GMT, 3:00 p.m. EST, 1:00 p.m. PST
Available TV/streaming Movistar LaLiga (Spain), beIN Sports 2 (Australia), SuperSport Maximo 2 (Central African Republic), DAZN (Japan), LaLiga TV (United Kingdom), beIN Sports (United States), ESPN 2 Sur (Uruguay)
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