Atletico Madrid v Granada – Saturday 17:30, Sky Sports 5
Atletico have stolen top spot thanks to victory over Valencia and both Real and Barca dropping points. While their rivals have struggled to deal with the injuries to key players, Atleti’s strength in depth has really shone through with young 20-year-old Lucas Hernandez coming in for the experienced Diego Godin and putting in an immense performance at the Mestalla.
Having finished in the bottom-six but survived in every season since their promotion in 2011/12, Granada could find themselves in the relegation zone come May if they don’t sort out their performances soon. Lucas Alcaraz has been bought back for his third stint at the club and he takes over a winless side with his first assignment a trip to the league leaders in what will certainly be a baptism of fire.
Unsurprisingly, Atletico’s record at the Vicente Calderon against bottom-six sides is imperious. Since 2013/14 they’ve won all 18, including the last 10 without conceding. Only four of these were by two or more goals but we fancy them to cover the -2 handicap line here as they’ve already registered 4-0 and 5-0 wins this season, while Granada’s record against the ‘Big Three’ is abysmal. Since 2011/12 they’ve lost all 15 away fixtures and 10 of these where by three or more goals as they conceded no less than 54 times.£10 Free Credit and a £500 Deposit Bonus