Match Preview: Oblak, Morata Available As Atletico Madrid Seeks Flying Start to La Liga Season Against Getafe

Match Preview: Oblak, Morata Available As Atletico Madrid Seeks Flying Start to La Liga Season Against Getafe

  • Atletico Madrid will be bidding to get their 2022-23 La Liga campaign off to the best possible start when they travel to face Getafe on Monday, August 15
  • Rojiblancos finished third in La Liga last season, 15 points behind the champions Real Madrid, while Getafe were 15th, just one point outside of the relegation zone
  • Atletico Madrid will be hoping to battle Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona for the La Liga title this season

Atletico Madrid will kick-off their 2022/23 La Liga campaign away to Getafe on Monday, August 15 in a tricky game at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

Rojiblancos will hope to better their 3rd place finish in the La Liga last season and a victory against Quique Sanchez Flores's side will represent the perfect start they need.

Atletico Madrid will be hoping to go toe-to-toe for the La Liga title with Real Madrid and Barcelona this term after finishing 15 points behind the league champions in the 2021/22 campaign.

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Jan Oblak will be in goal for Atletico Madrid against Getafe as Rojiblancos seeks to get an opening day victory. Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce
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Both teams have had contrasting fortunes in preseason as according to Sportskeeda, thrashed Juventus by an emphatic 4-0 scoreline in their final preparatory game while Getafe suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against Albacate last week.

Atletico Madrid has an impressive record against Getafe and has won 26 out of the 39 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to Getafe's four victories.

Getafe are also winless in their last 19 matches against Atletico Madrid in La Liga and have failed to score in 17 of these games.

Team News

Getafe

Getafe's team is in great shape as the new campaign gets underway, and assuming no last-minute setbacks in training, the host team should have a full roster ready for Monday’s match against Atletico Madrid.

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New summer recruits, Mayoral Portu, Seoane and Domingos Duarte are expecting to make their debuts against Atletico Madrid.

Atletico Madrid

Felipe remains on the sidelines with a knee problem, but Jan Oblak, Jose Gimenez and Yannick Carrasco should be fit despite recent injury problems Sports Mole reports.

Summer signings, Witsel and Molina are both available to make their debuts for Atletico Madrid while Alvaro Morata is set to lead the attack for Diego Simeone’s team alongside Antoine Griezmann and Joao Felix.

Player to watch

Alvaro Morata

Atletico Madrid will be banking on Alvaro Morata to carry his preseason form into the main campaign after netting 4 goals in the last two preparatory matches.

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Alvaro Morata has been in superb form for Atletico Madrid since rejoining the club from Juventus this summer, Photo by Fran Santiago
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The 29-year-old who returned to the club after two seasons on loan, had scored a hattrick against former club Juventus and was also on target in the 4-1 win over Cádiz.

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Atletico Madrid determined to keep top striker this summer

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Alvaro Morata could end up staying in the Spanish La Liga this season as Atletico Madrid are unwilling to let the striker go this summer.

The 29-year-old Spanish forward has been linked with a return to the English Premier League, with Manchester United interested in the forward after a shambolic start to the campaign.

Morata is amongst the list of top strikers, including PSG’s Mauro Icardi, Raul de Tomas of Espanyol, and Jonathan David of Lille, the Red Devils, are eyeing.

Source: Sports Brief News