Both Cadiz and Atletico Madrid missed their targets in their last outings ahead of their meeting in La Liga, hosted by Cadiz. The home team goes to this game just hanging above the relegation zone, in 17th place with 12 points while Atletico are fourth on 26 points. Cadiz are coming from a 4-0 defeat by Getafe, which denied them a good chance to open up a respectable gap away from the sides in the red zone. They go to this game with just one win in nine matches and they’ve failed to score in five of them. In the nine matches, they have just three clean sheets. This season, they have played seven home matches, and won none of them. In four of their last five league matches at home, Cadiz have failed to score, while twice in those five matches they’ve conceded twice.
Atletico Madrid are coming from a disappointing loss at home in the Champions League, at the hands of AC Milan. They haven’t had it smooth and they go to this game having managed just two wins in the last eight matches across all competitions. Defensive issues have been at the core of their problems with their last 10 matches serving just three clean sheets. A highlight of their defensive struggles was in the Valencia game when they lost a 3-1 lead in stoppage time, to draw 3-3. In La Liga, they’ve conceded two or more goals in three of their last five matches and both sides have also scored in three of the five. They are unbeaten in the last six league matches though and in the process, they’ve scored two or more in five. On their travels, Atletico have no win in the last three matches but have failed to score in just one of the last five. Competitively, these two sides have met four times, and Atletico have three wins, with one ending in a draw.
Atletico Madrid haven’t had a great run lately and they will be desperate to create some momentum here. Fortunately, they face a side they’ve dominated in previous meetings and also a side not so great on the goal scoring front. Go for Atletico to keep a clean sheet.