Select a Team

Spanish Primera BBVA

La Romareda (ATT 33,000) 25th March 2012 - Kick off 11:00 Ref: A Undiano Mallenco

Zaragoza Real Zaragoza vs Atletico Madrid A Madrid

Zaragoza 1

Apono (pen 90+6)


Zaragoza v At. Madrid preview

Last Updated: 24/03/12 1:37pm

  • Share:
Falcao: In-form frontman

Falcao: In-form frontman

Real Zaragoza secured an unlikely victory away at Valencia in midweek and goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez has stressed the importance of building on that victory when they face Atletico Madrid this weekend.

Sky Bet Odds

Real Zaragoza 7/2, Draw 13/5, Atletico Madrid 4/5. Bet now

The Aragonese side remain bottom of the table and six points from safety, but they gave themselves a lifeline by coming from behind with 10-men to record a 2-1 win at Mestalla.

Roberto told a press conference broadcast on the club's website, "The victory at Mestalla brings us closer to our objectives and gives us hope, but it doesn't change our situation. We are still last and we can't relax. We have to have our feet on the ground more than ever, but the win was good to regain our confidence and it was important for all of the group.

"The Atletico game is another important game but it is not decisive. It could be a very good week, Atletico is a great team but we can beat them."

Manolo Jimenez will be forced into a few changes from the side that won on Wednesday as Franco Zuculini, Pablo Alvarez and Angel Lafita are all suspended, but the Portuguese duo of Helder Postiga and Ruben Micael do return from their bans.

Radamel Falcao was Atleti's hero once again as his two goals were enough to secure victory over Athletic Bilbao last time out. The Colombian is now the league's third top-scorer with 19 in 24 games, but he is focusing on achieving the team's objectives rather than personal statistics.

He told the club's website, "As a team we have improved and from a personal point of view I have tried to help the team by scoring goals, this is why they brought me here. If as a team we don't achieve our objectives, then these goals don't serve any purpose, they only have value if they help achieve important targets."

The former Porto striker is also wary of a resurgent Zaragoza side.

"If we don't win on Sunday then what we did against Athletic doesn't mean anything," he said.

"From now on all the games will be finals and we need to improve our position in the table. We are going with this intention and desire for the game in Zaragoza who have already demonstrated they are still alive against Valencia."

Gabi and Juanfran are suspended for the visitors so there could be rare starts for Luis Perea at right-back and Paulo Assuncao in midfield.

Best bet: Falcao to score a brace - 7/2

  • Share:



Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 32 78
2 Real Madrid 32 76
3 Atletico Madrid 32 69
4 Valencia 32 65
5 Sevilla 32 63
6 Villarreal 32 52
7 Malaga 32 46
8 Athletic Bilbao 33 46
9 Celta Vigo 32 42
10 Espanyol 32 42
11 Rayo Vallecano 32 41
12 Real Sociedad 32 38
13 Getafe 32 36
14 Elche 32 34
15 Eibar 32 31
16 Levante 32 29
17 Almeria 32 28
18 Deportivo La Coruna 32 28
19 Granada 32 25
20 Cordoba 33 20