After the comparatively disappointing result against Astana on Tuesday, Atlético Madrid will look to return to winning ways against La Liga newcomers Sporting Gijon at the Vicente Calderón.
Kick-off at the Vicente Calderón on Sunday evening is set for 18:15 CET.
Atlético’s performances for the last month have been slightly lackluster, despite emerging from October undefeated. What has been lacking is primarily goals.
It is not that Simeone’s men have not been creating chances – it is that they are not scoring enough from the amount of opportunities they are creating.
Atleti are playing with fire, as exemplified during the recent fixtures against Valencia and Deportivo, whilst during the last match against Astana, Atleti were somewhat burned.
From a defensive standpoint, three clean sheets have been kept during the last month, so it’s not all doom and gloom.
In squad news Ángel Correa has once again been named in the Atleti aquad, after he was nominated for the Golden Boy award, whilst Giménez is strangely absent from the list altogether.
José Gimenez has sustained a muscle injury in the right thigh, and there is currently no word of how long he’ll be out for.
The last time that Atlético and Sporting faced each other was in Simeone’s first season in charge. The game ended 1-1 at El Molinon.
We are all familiar to what has happened to Atlético Madrid since that night in 2011. What has happened to Sporting though is very different.
At the end of the season Sporting were relegated to Segunda Division after losing against Malaga, which cost Atlético fourth spot that season.
Sporting Gijon’s current season is looking very good and they have clearly established themselves as La Liga regulars.
Their last five games have given them mixed results with two wins, one draw and two losses. That loss was against Athletic Bilbao with 3-0 away from home and better teams than Sporting will drop points there.
The draw was a thrilling encounter at home against Granada where they valiantly fought back from a 3-1 deficit after 75 minutes but still ended up with one point after late goals by Nacho Cases and Miguel Angel Guerrero. Their two wins were against Malaga and Espanyol where they won 1-0 and 2-1.
Sporting’s current coach is their ex-player Abdelardo Fernandez who has made Sporting a team that is difficult to defeat.
Since taking charge of Sporting he has given a lot of the younger players a chance to fight and force their way into the team. A few among them is Jorge Mere, Carlos Castro, Miguel Angel Guerrero and Pablo Perez. Another thing to keep an eye out for is the long throw in that they on occasion create goal scoring chances from.
The squad selected for this fixture is: Moyá, Oblak, Godín, Filipe, Savic, Gámez, Lucas, Juanfran, Tiago, Koke, Óliver, Gabi, Saúl, Thomas, Carrasco, Griezmann, Fernando Torres, Jackson and Correa.