Deportivo travel to the Vicente Calderón on Saturday evening to take on Diego Simeone’s men, who knows that anything other than three points will almost certainly put an end to their slim title hopes.
Kick-off in Madrid is set for 20:30 CET.
The same fixture last year was marred by fan violence and a death of a Deportivo supporter, but Atleti will want to keep the focus on the football as they chase Barcelona at the top of La Liga.
Atlético are eight points behind leaders Barca, but four points ahead of local rivals Real Madrid going into the weekend. There are only 10 games left.
Fernando Torres is out for the home side, after picking up an injury after scoring against Valencia last weekend. Stefan Savic is also out through injury, whilst Tiago remains in the sidelines. Diego Godín will return to the defensive four after missing last week’s game through illness.
“In these last 10 games every point is crucial to each club’s ambitions but we must try to treat the game against Deportivo the same as we have treated every other game so far,” Simeone said at his pre-match press conference.
“No matter what is the situation we are in, however long we have, we always work with the same enthusiasm and the same commitment because what excites us is playing for Atlético Madrid.”
Deportivo sit in 13th spot going into the weekend, despite not having a win in their last twelve league games – an extraordinary accomplishment.
Atlético have been back amongst the goals recently, and you can bet on Luciano Vietto hanging on to his starting birth up front alongside Antoine Griezmann.
Yannick Carrasco may start after his comeback goal last week, whilst Ángel Correa will have to settle for – place on the substitutes bench.
Goalkeepers: Oblak and Moyá.
Defenders: Godín, Filipe Luis, Jesús Gámez, Lucas, Juanfran, and Giménez.
Midfielders: Koke, Óliver, Augusto, Gabi, Saúl, Carrasco, and Thomas.
Forwards: Griezmann, Correa, and Vietto.