Last Updated on Aug 29, 2021 02:47 AM
Venue: Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid
Defending Champions Atletico Madrid look to go top of the table as they take on Elche here. Atleti come into this one on the back of a hard-fought 2-1 win away at Celta Vigo last time around while Elche held Athletic Bilbao to a 0-0 draw.
The hosts did not have the best of times in their pre-season but they put in a solid showing in their opener and as they have won both meetings between these sides last season, they are heavy favorites here as well.
Angel Correa is the best forward option in this game, having scored both goals for Atleti in the win over Celta Vigo and he is expected to once again lead the line here. Marcos Llorente and Rodrigo De Paul are excellent picks from midfielders here. Llorente had 12 goals to go with 11 assists in La Liga last season, while De Paul had 9 goals to go with 9 assists in Serie A.
Stefan Savic heads up what was the best defense in La Liga last season. There is a lot of value here in this Atleti backline and Savic also put up 1 tackle, 1 interception, 1 shot, and 1 key pass against Celta.
Lucas Boye was the top scorer for Elche in La Liga last season with 7 goals and he also assisted twice. He had 2 shots to go with 19 passes against Bilbao last time around and scored their only goal in the two meetings between these sides last season.
Fidel Torre ranked 2 nd on the team for goals and assists, with 6 and 3 respectively. He had a shot and 2 key passes against Bilbao.
Johan Mojica presents the best option from an Elche backline that did keep a clean sheet last time around. He also had 1 tackle, 3 interceptions, 1 shot, and 1 key pass in the game.
1. Angel Correa: Correa scored in their last pre-season game against Feyenoord and he carried on that form into the opener, with a brace. He also put up 3 shots in that game and is our top captaincy pick.
2. Marcos Llorente: Llorente is a good option here for vice-captaincy, having registered 23 goal involvements last season in La Liga. He also scored the last time these two teams met.