Event Date: December 21, 2012 13:00 CET
Atletico Madrid will attempt to shake off the humiliation of last Sunday’s blowout loss at the hands of Barcelona as they mix it up with Celta Vigo on Friday at Vicente Calderon in Spain.
With a 12-1-3 slate in Spanish la Liga play, Atletico is certainly one of the giants this season as far as domestic play is concerned.
However, the Diego Simeone’s squad tended to collapse when they are pitted against perennial powerhouses Real Madrid and Barcelona this season.
Atletico suffered a 2-0 drubbing at the hands of intra-city rival Real Madrid last December 1 and then absorbed a 4-1 pummeling from La Liga pace-setter Barcelona.
Nevertheless, Atletico remains four points ahead of Real Mardid in La Liga standings and a win on Friday proved to be crucial in their attempt to hold onto their lead over Real Madrid.
Radamel Falcao, who already recorded 17 goals this season, will again look to give his team a boost while Arda Turan and Raúl García will always be there to give much-needed support on their attack.
On the flipside, Celta Vigo is coming off a juggernaut 2-1 victory over Real Madrid in the round-of-16 of the Copa del Rey Cup.
Talking about a morale-booster, Celta Vigo is expected to enter Friday’s match with their confidence at all-time high.
Iago Aspas and Castaneda Mario Bermejo could anytime pull off some suprises so another stunner is certainly not a long shot.
Paddy Power offers an Atletico Madrid win at 1.22. On the other hand, a Celta Vigo triumph is set at 10.00 while a draw is available at 6.00.