It’s the return of the champions to the Vicente Calderón on Saturday evening in the first match at home since the 4-0 victory over Real Madrid a fortnight ago.
Kick-off between Atleti and Almería is set for 20:00 CET.
The euphoria of beating arch-rivals was dampened by the 2-0 humiliation against Celta last weekend, but the visit of Almería provides Atleti with a fantastic opportunity to bounce back and put pressure on the top two.
Sitting six points behind Barcelona, and seven points behind Real, nothing less than three points will do.
Diego Simeone welcomes back both Arda Turan and Raúl García to the squad list, after both missed out the defeat in Balaídos through suspension.
Arda will come straight back into the team, whilst our number eight will have to make do with the bench.
Koke is still missing, but Simeone is happy that the return of Arda will be enough to get Atleti back to winning ways.
“In the match against Celta, we were missing Arda, Koke and Raúl. A player like Arda is different – he can help us attack by finding space on the pitch. He can combine the defence with the midfield, and the attack. When he’s good, he disrupts the opposition. It’s clear he’s one of our most important players,” Cholo said.
Torres drops to the bench, and Simeone will go back to using Griezmann and Mandzukic up-front, after the disaster of last week.
“We’re only thinking about this match,” said Simeone at his pre-match press conference.
“We’re playing well, despite the match in Vigo. Our fans will drive us against Almería.”
Simeone confirmed that the starting XI will be Moyá; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Siqueira; Arda, Gabi, Tiago, Saúl; Griezmann and Mandzukic.
Atleti squad list:
Goalkeepers: Oblak, Moyá.
Defenders: Godín, Siqueira, Gámez, Juanfran, Miranda, Giménez.
Midfielders: Mario Suárez, Tiago, Raúl García, Arda Turan, Gabi, Saúl, Cani.
Forwards: Griezmann, Fernando Torres, Mandzukic, Raúl Jiménez.