Atlético travel to La Rosaleda to face off against Málaga on Saturday afternoon for the 31st league match of the season.
Kick-off in the south of Spain is set for 18:00 CEST.
When Málaga came to the Vicente Calderón in November, they lost 3-1. Tiago, Griezmann and Godín were on the scoresheet that night for Atleti while Roque Santa Cruz scored for the ‘blanquiazules.’
Simeone has called up all of his men except for Mario Mandzukic and Raúl García who are still recovering from injury.
Moyá has received the ‘OK’ from the medical staff and he will travel with the team. It is unclear whether Moyá will play or if Oblak will retain his starting berth.
After Moyá’s injury against Bayer Leverkusen, Oblak has played four matches and kept a clean sheet in all of them.
Former Atleti youth player Ignacio Camacho, now playing for Camacho, will miss the match as he is still recovering from injury.
Rumour has it that Atlético will swoop in and sign Camacho and youngster Samu Castillejo in the summer.
Castillejo missed Málaga’s last match against Eibar due to suspension, but both he and Sergio Sánchez have returned to Javi Gracia’s 18-man squad.
Eibar broke an 11-match spell of no victories when they beat Málaga 1-0 midweek.
Málaga currently have 45 points and are seventh in the table. In comparison to last season, Málaga had 45 points after all 38 matches.
Javi Gracia is bringing stability to the club; something the club has been yearning ever since Pellegrini’s departure.
“What Atlético does has a lot of merit,” said Gracia. “They’re a team that won’t gift us anything.”
Not only is the match an important one for Atleti as it is a must win match, but it is a special one for Jesús Gámez.
Gámez spent his entire career in Málaga until he signed with Atleti in August.
“In Málaga I grew up as a player and as a person,” said Gámez. “I have lots of friends over there and the fans have always made me feel loved. Yes, it’ll be a special match.”
Gámez has been playing as a left-back during the last couple of matches, although he did play right back in the mid-week match against Real Sociedad due to Juanfran’s suspension.
Atlético currently have a three-point gap over Valencia as Los Che dropped points against Athletic. Cholo will want to keep mounting the pressure on Nuno’s men by extending the gap to six.
Valencia will receive city rivals Levante on Monday and the pressure will be on them as fifth place Sevilla is currently just one point below them.
It is unclear whether Cholo will rotate the squad in sight of the Champions League Quarter Final match against Real Madrid on Tuesday.
“I don’t think any player is thinking of the match on Tuesday, but they are thinking about the match against Málaga,” Simeone said.
“The match against Málaga and the next away trip against Deportivo are crucial to what we can accomplish in the league.”
Atlético match selection
Goalkeepers: Oblak, Moya
Defenders: Godín, Siqueira, Jesús Gámez, Juanfran, Miranda, Giménez
Midfielders: Mario Suárez, Tiago, Koke, Arda, Gabi, Saúl, Cani
Forwards: Griezmann, Raúl Jiménez, Fernando Torres