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Cadiz vs Atletico Madrid Preview: La Liga Matchday 25

Cadiz, currently in the relegation zone of La Liga, five points from safety, need to do better than the two draws they have just obtained against teams just above them. After setting the “record” for the longest winless streak in La Liga (12 draws, 11 losses), coach Mauricio Pellegrino admitted that one point was not enough for his team after last Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Rayo Vallecano, which was interrupted by hail.

The Andalusians’ last home game clearly shows that they are still ready to fight relegation: after trailing Celta Vigo 2-0, they snatched a 2-2 draw thanks to an equaliser in added time. It was only the second time they had scored more than once in a home league game since their 3-1 win over Villarreal in September, another encouraging sign for Pellegrino’s men.

Today, the scale of the challenge increases several notches as fourth-placed Atletico Madrid come with the intention of gaining ground on the three teams ahead of them. The leader, Real Madrid, is probably too far away, but Girona and Barcelona are within reach if Diego Simeone’s team can extend their three-game unbeaten streak in La Liga (2 wins, 1 draw).

However, their away form could condemn them, as the Colchoneros have only won one of their last eight away games in La Liga (2 draws, 5 losses), but that was against Granada, who accompany Cadiz in the bottom three. After recently drawing 2-2 at bottom side Almería, having led twice, it is not inconceivable that the Colchoneros could lose again 3-2 on the ground of the bottom side as they did last season.

Players to watch: Javi Hernández scored Cadiz’s goal against Vallecano, and the club will be happy to see him do it again, as he has never lost as a goalscorer in his career (9 wins, 4 draws). Álvaro Morata, who, for the anecdote, was part of the Real Madrid senior team when Hernández was playing in the club’s youth team, has scored each of his last five goals between the 40th and 60th minute.

Hot stat: The home team has never scored before half-time in Cadiz’s last seven La Liga matches.

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