After suffering an agonising loss against Barcelona in last Saturday’s Premier League fixture, Atletico de Madrid face RCD Mallorca Wednesday evening for their midweek encounter at 18:30 (GMT+1). Kickoff takes place at Metropolitano Stadium.
Atletico Madrid Suffers Unexpected Loss to Barcelona, Aiming for Redemption Against Mallorca
Atletico Madrid saw their 13-game unbeaten streak come to a sudden and decisive halt after suffering a 1-0 loss against league leaders Barcelona. Ferran Torres [44′] netted the only goal of the match, leaving Atletico without a victory since drawing with Real Madrid back in February. “We weren’t strong enough in front of goal. Griezmann missed an opportunity for us, while Ferran scored a wonderful goal for them”, Diego Simeone lamented after the match. Atletico Madrid remain in third place with 60 points after 18 victories, 6 draws, and 6 losses (WWWWL). Mattress Makers will look to get back into contention for a top-three finish when they host RCD Mallorca on Wednesday, yet Simeone’s side have lost three La Liga matches against Los Piratas, including their last meeting at Metropolitano Stadium. The Mattress Makers have been struggling in their league fixture on Wednesday, recording only one victory out of their previous five (W, D & L). Atletico Madrid currently enjoys the third-best home record in La Liga this year and have managed five straight victories at Metropolitano Stadium – which currently constitutes the longest home winning streak. Simeone employed a 5–3–2 formation with Antoine Griezmann and Angel Correa attacking, in their loss against Barcelona, which will likely remain intact against Mallorca. Stefan Savic will miss this game due to an accumulation of yellow cards while Memphis Depay and Reinildo both require treatment due to injuries.
RCD Mallorca Poised to Complete Unprecedented League Double Over Atletico Madrid
RCD Mallorca became the first team in 2018 to win consecutive games following their 3-1 triumph against Getafe last weekend, thanks to Lee Kang-in’s double performance [56′, 90’+6] and Antonio Raillo’s goal [64′]. Los Piratas now stand in 10th position with 40 points [11W, 7D, 12L]. Following their 1-0 triumph in the reverse fixture, Mallorca are poised to complete an unlikely league double over Atletico Madrid. Their last win against their hosts occurred on a Wednesday, the 9th November 2022; now, at Civitas Metropolitan Stadium they hope to repeat it. Javier Aguirre’s 5–3–2 formation should resemble that of Simeone, with Verdat Muriqi and Amath Ndiaye likely starting up front for him. Raillo and Inigo Ruiz de Galarreta have both been banned due to an accumulation of yellow cards; Ludwig Augustinsson, Matija Nastasic and Giovanni Gonzalez will likely all miss out due to injuries.