Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad will battle for three points this Sunday when both sides meet at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Atletico Madrid blew their chance of finishing in second position in the La Liga table away last time when they were held to a 3-3 draw with relegation battling Espanyol.
Diego Simeone’s side were leading 3-0 at one point in the game but took their foot off the pedal to allow Espanyol back in the game. And by doing so, they dropped to third position in the league standings.
Ahead of their final home game of the season, Atlético supporters will expect their team to step up and justify their position by defeating a top-five club for the first time this season.
The hosts have failed to beat the league’s big boys in six attempts so far (D2, L4), scoring no more than one goal on each occasion. They are fortunate their Champions League participation won’t hinge on their remaining fixtures against top-five rivals Real Sociedad and Villarreal.
Meanwhile, Sociedad can secure Champions League football if they win here.
The visitors kept their top four destiny in their hands last time, beating Almeria by 1-0. The win extended their unbeaten record to seven games (W5, D2) and saw them keep their third clean sheet in their last five games.
Having become the only team to defeat Barcelona at home this season, when they beat them two weeks ago, they will fancy their chances of ending Atlético’s eight-game winning streak at home.
Meanwhile, Sociedad are the only club to have registered more opening goals inside the first 30 minutes (17) than their opponents (15) this La Liga season. So the first half-hour could be an entertaining spectacle.
Therefore, we expect a first-half goal in this game.