Atletico Madrid will be looking to bounce back from heavy Champions League defeat when they face Real Betis in La Liga at 8pm on Saturday.
Atletico Madrid XI: Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Hermoso; Llorente, Torreira, Koke, Lemar; Suarez, Correa.
Real Betis XI: Bravo; Montoya, Mandi, Bartra, Moreno; Carvalho, Rodriguez; Canales, Fekir, Tello; Sanabria.
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- UK: LaLigaTV
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Atletico Madrid vs Real Betis build-up, pre-match team news & previous line-ups:
Atleti were hammered 4-0 by Bayern Munich in Group A on Wednesday as Kingsley Coman ran riot to score twice at the Allianz Arena.
It was a humbling start to their European campaign for Diego Simeone’s men, who managed just a single shot on target in Germany.
Attention now turns to Real Betis, who are seventh, a point above Atleti in the league table, having won three and lost three of their first six La Liga games.
The good news for Atleti is that they remain in excellent form domestically, having not been defeated in 20 La Liga games. They also have an outstanding record against Real Betis, suffering just one loss in their last 15 league games against the Andalusian side.
- Atletico Madrid (vs Bayern Munich): Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Lodi; Llorente, Herrera, Koke, Carrasco; Felix, Suarez.
- Real Betis (vs Real Sociedad): Bravo; Ruibal, Bartra, Sidnei, Moreno; Rodriguez, Canales; Joaquin, Fekir, Tello; Iglesias.
Simeone could ring the changes after Atletico’s mid-week thrashing in Bavaria, with the likes of Thomas Lemar, Angel Correa, who has been involved in three of Atleti’s last four goals against Betis, and new loan signing Lucas Torreira all vying for a starting place.
Betis manager Manuel Pellegrini could be tempted to drop striker Borja Iglesias, who has failed to score in his last 21 La Liga games, while midfielder William Carvalho may come in to bolster the side which lost 3-0 to Real Sociedad last time out.
Players to watch:
- Atletico Madrid: On the face of it, Atleti’s goal tally of eight strikes in four La Liga games doesn’t look bad, but when you consider six of those came in their 6-1 thrashing of Granada on the opening weekend, it appears they might have a problem. One man who can fix their stuttering attack is Luis Suarez, who has three goals and an assist in the league so far. The Uruguayan striker came to Atletico with a point to prove, after being forced out of Barcelona and you wouldn’t bet against him netting on Saturday, especially after a tough performance in midweek.
- Real Betis: Pellegrini’s side have blown hot and cold so far this season, with an impressive 2-0 win away at Valencia being sandwiched between 3-0 reverses against Getafe and Real Sociedad. If they are to find some consistency Nabil Fekir must come to the fore. The French playmaker chipped in with seven goals and four assists in La Liga last season and will be needed against a typically miserly Atletico defence which has so far conceded just once in the league.