The first match on a Friday night for as long as I can remember, Atlético travel to A Coruña tonight to take on Deportivo in La Liga.
After a convincing 2-1 win over Valencia on Sunday, Atlético will be full of confidence, and know that a victory against Depor should be the second in a run of winnable games over the coming weeks, despite the venues.
Diego Simeone’s men travel to Kazakhstan on Tuesday for the return tie against Astana, who were humbled 4-0 by Atleti in the last round of Champions League games.
However, the atmosphere on Tuesday won’t be nearly as intense as the Riazor this evening. For reasons you can probably guess.
Atlético decided not to take up their allocation of away tickets, so it will be a completely home crowd.
Friday night’s match is between two teams near the right end of the league table. Atlético sit in third after their victory over Valencia, whilst Deportivo occupy sixth place despite a 2-0 loss to Málaga last weekend.
Depor failed to win any of their last 3 matches, whilst Atleti have notched up three victories on the bounce.
Luciano Vietto is still missing for Atlético after his appendectomy, which means that Diego Simeone is likely to keep with the same eleven that started against Valencia.
Jackon Martínez will keep his place after two goals in his last two games (I knew I would be writing this sooner or later). Carrasco has played extremely well in his outings and rightfully slots into the midfield for Atleti.
Believe it or not, Deportivo enjoy one of the best defences in the league at present, conceding a league-lowest 8.3 shots per game.
Can the Atleti trio of Carrasco, Griezmann and Jackson breach them?