Match preview: Getafe vs. Atlético

Atleti make the short journey south on the hunt for three points

Griezmann got two against Getafe last time out

Griezmann got two against Getafe last time out

Atlético Madrid go into Sunday’s game with Getafe looking for a win that will return them to second place in the league ahead of arch rivals Real Madrid.

Kick-off at the Coliseum Alfono Pérez is set for 18:15 CET.

Taking only four points from the last three Liga matches, Atleti find themselves in third, three points behind Barcelona, who have a game in hand.

Some consistency is needed from Diego Simeone’s men if they are to get back in a position to challenge for the championship. They will also need some help from the rest of the league, in putting an end to Barcelona’s 29-game unbeaten streak.

It’s an injury-hit Atlético that will make the short journey south to take on their Madrid neighbours. Not making the trip are Tiago, who is still out with a long-term injury, and Augusto Fernández, the new signing from Celta who picked up a bad injury in the loss to Barcelona.

Savic and Thomas will also miss the game, but Simeone will be boosted by the return of Diego Godín, Juanfran and Filipe Luís, who all missed the Eibar win through suspension.

Yannick Carrasco, one of Atleti’s best players all season, has a knock, and didn’t train fully this week. If the Belgian isn’t able to play, we could see Óliver slot in to a weakened midfield after a spectacular substitute appearance against Eibar.

Fernando Torres is set for a place on the bench, despite finally notching his 100th career goal for Atleti last weekend. The Spaniard is running out of chances to stake his claim for a new-deal, with his current contract set to expire at the end of the season.

Antoine Griezmann will start up-front for Atleti, after scoring two goals in the 2-0 home win over Getafe earlier in the season.