Atlético Madrid are looking to extend their unbeaten run in the league on Saturday night when Sevilla visit the Vicente Calderon.
The Andalusians are on a run of their own, and will be hoping to notch up their fifth league win in a row.
It all kicks off at the Vicente Calderón at 20:00 CET.
Despite a fantastic win over Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, Atlético have had a tough few games so far in La Liga, with single goal victories over both Eibar and Almeria.
Los Rojiblancos have received a massive boost, with Diego Simeone returning to the touchline following his four-match ban in the league, a week after picking up his 100th victory for Atlético as boss.
He still has four games left to serve in future Spanish Super Cup matches, but Cholo will be back at the helm for the rest of our league campaign – and he has been sorely missed.
Atleti have no new injury concerns, with Mandzukic still a major doubt due to his nose injury. The forward tweeted a picture to his new accessory, the Maskzukic.
It’s a possibility he could play, but it’s likely that Atlético will start with Griezmann and Raul Garcia again, with Jimenez potentially given another starting role.
Griezmann has enjoyed a good start to Atlético, arguably the most impressive of Atleti’s summer signings alongside Moya and Mandzukic.
Tiago was full of praise for Antoine at the pre-Sevilla press conference, and also insists the team isn’t taking Sevilla lightly.
“Sevilla has a great coach who knows how to play each game. It’s his second year and the team has really followed his philosophy. They can drop back but they some fast, quality players,” the midfielder said.
“They’ve lost an important player [Moreno] but it’s hardly noticeable. Sevilla are a strong and compact team, and Saturday’s match is going to be a very hard one.”
Gabi is expected to return to the side after a couple of disappointing performances, and it’s a mystery as to how much good Saul’s performance in midweek did for the youngster, and if this is enough to dislodge Mario Suarez.
Before kick-off on Saturday, Atlético will be celebrating the annual Día de las Peñas, which includes lots of activities dedicated to all of the Atleti Supports Clubs all over the world.
Some of AtléticoFans’ contributors and friends will be in Madrid for the events, so let us know if you’re going to be taking part in the events.
Last year, more than 5,000 peña members turned up to celebrate – it’s a fantastic occasion!
Let’s hope we can mark the day with another strong win, going into our midweek match with Juventus in the Champions League.