Atlético Madrid must journey to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas on Sunday evening, looking to keep up the pace with Barcelona at the top of the La Liga table.
Kick-off in the Canaries is set for 18:15 CET.
It’s a repeat of the opening round of the season, but on the surface it looks like not much has changed in the 19 games since.
In the season’s curtain raiser, a muted performance from Atlético against the La Liga newcomers was topped off with a single Antoine Griezmann goal. Sound familiar?
In reality though, Diego Simeone will know his squad a whole lot better than in August. Cholo has had time to assess his striking options, although it’s no clearer who will permanently partner Griezmann up front.
Fernando Torres misses out again through injury, whilst there’s still some way to go before Tiago is anywhere near training.
Also left out of the squad list for this game is new signing Kranevitter, Siqueira and Lucas. Atleti are reportedly shopping around the latter two for new club this transfer window.
Fresh from their 3-0 win over Rayo in the Copa del Rey on Thursday, Atlético will want to continue the trend of an exciting, goalscoring performance. Putting the ball in the back of the net is where Atleti has struggled so far this season.
Las Palmas may also be nursing a King’s Cup hangover, after the islanders dispatched Eibar to make it to the quarter finals of the cup. Our hosts tomorrow will play Valencia in the next round.
That said, Las Palmas are doing much better in the cup than they are in the league standings. Sitting in 16th place, they have only 18 points from their 19 games.
Atlético squad to face Las Palmas
Goalkeepers: Oblak and Moyá.
Defenders: Juanfran, Jesús Gámez, Godín, Giménez, Savic and Filipe Luis.
Midfielders: Gabi, Koke, Augusto, Thomas, Óliver, Saúl and Carrasco.
Forwards: Griezmann, Vietto, Correa and Jackson