Atletico Madrid return to La Liga action with an away trip to Celta Vigo on Saturday at 3pm, hoping to climb into the top half of the table.
Celta Vigo XI: Villar; Carreira, Murillo, Araujo, Olaza, Fontan; Mina, Tapia, Beltran, Nolito; Aspas.
Atletico Madrid XI: Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Hermoso, Sanchez; Correa, Torreira, Koke, Lemar; Suarez, Costa.
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Celta Vigo vs Atletico Madrid build-up, pre-match team news & previous line-ups:
Back-to-back goalless draws have been a huge comedown for Atleti after their thrilling 6-1 win over Granada on matchday one. They remain one of only four teams currently unbeaten in the league but lie 12th in the table having played three games.
The hosts sit level on points with Atleti and just a place below them, but they have had differing fortunes than what the league standings may suggest. Having played two extra games, Celta have just one win, losing two and drawing the other two.
Current form aside, there is some hope for Oscar Garcia Junyent’s men as Celta are currently unbeaten in four games against Madrid-based opposition and have not lost in the past two home games against Atleti.
That said, Atleti are currently unbeaten in their last 19 La Liga games, and Simeone boasts a league record of just two defeats in 16 outings against Celta. But will his side end their run of back-to-back stalemates? Or can Celta cause an early upset?
- Celta Vigo (vs Osasuna): Villar; Mallo*, Aidoo, Murillo, Olaza; Suarez, Yokuslu, Tapia, Nolito; Baeza; Aspas.
- Atletico Madrid (vs Villarreal): Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Lodi; Correa, Partey*, Koke, Saul; Suarez, Felix.
Atleti will be without Thomas Partey from their previous match as the Ghana international completed a deadline day move to Arsenal, while the hosts are missing Hugo Mallo from their meeting with Osasuna last time out.
Players to watch:
- Celta Vigo: Oscar’s side have had little luck this season and he would have been dreading the post-international break schedule, as they don’t come much tougher than Atletico Madrid. Having seen his side fire a blank in the previous two outings, he will be turning to his more experienced players to stop the rot and pull off a giant-killing. One player who could have a bearing on the outcome of this match is 34-year-old Nolito. The former Man City forward boasts four goals in seven appearances against Atleti in La Liga, more than against any other opponent.
- Atletico Madrid: Despite starting his Atleti career with a debut flurry of goals, Luis Suarez has fired consecutive blanks, but that barren run (by his standards) should not stretch for much longer. His personal record against Celta is quite formidable, involving himself in eight goals during his last seven league matches against them (six goals and two assists), including three goals and two assists in a single game back in February 2016. Simeone will be hoping some of that Barcelona stardust can rub off on his frontline this weekend should Suarez play a role.