Match preview: Atlético vs. Granada

The attention turns back to the league for Atleti after midweek victory

Godín celebrates scoring against Granada earlier this season

Godín celebrates scoring against Granada earlier this season

It’s going to be a festival atmosphere at the Vicente Calderón on Sunday afternoon, as Atlético welcome Granada to Madrid as they look to close the gap on Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

Kick-off on a special day in Madrid is set for 18:15 CEST.

After knocking the holders out of the Champions League on Wednesday night, Atleti will be in a buoyant mood. This will be boosted by the events of El Día del Niño, the annual children’s day event on the banks of the Manzanares River.

It’s going to be a family-friendly atmosphere, with lots of children expected to attend.

They will be hoping to see their heroes chase down Barcelona in the league as well after an intense midweek clash in the capital.

Barcelona have dropped eight points from their last nine in the league, and could go into Sunday evening’s game with Valencia level on points with Atlético, if the red and whites don’t slip up against Granada earlier in the afternoon.

Atlético were boosted this week by the return of Tiago to the group, but after training alongside another recent absentee, José Giménez, neither player is fit enough to make the squad list for Atleti.

Filipe Luís is suspended after picking up too many yellow cards in the league so far this season.

Fernando Torres returns from his European suspension, and is expected to head straight back into the starting eleven alongside Griezmann after his recent resurgence in form.

Carrasco is likely to return to midfield in place of Augusto, who started against Barcelona.

Despite being drawn against Bayern Munich on Friday, that will be at the back of Diego Simeone’s mind.

With a partido a partido mindset, Los Rojiblancos will be focused solely on the game against Granada, hoping that Barcelona’s downward spiral continues and the Blaugrana drop points at home to Valencia.

It’s the first of three league games in a period of seven days for Atleti, who play Athletic at San Mamés on Wednesday and then Málaga at the Calderón on Saturday.

Once this run of games is over, there will just be three games left in the league, and Atleti’s title chances will have become a lot clearer.

Atlético squad to face Granada

Goalkeepers: Oblak, Moyá
Defenders: Godín, Savic, Gámez, Lucas, Juanfran
Midfielders: Koke, Óliver, Augusto, Gabi, Saúl, Carrasco, Thomas
Forwards: Correa, Vietto, Griezmann, and Fernando Torres

  • Randy Ved Jawahir

    Tomorrow I’d like to see this line (go ahead and call me nuts)

    Gamez-Savic-Nacho Monsalve-Lucas

    I honestly think the players would be tired after that game in mid week and deserve a rest. Also this line up is more than capable of wrapping up the points at home to Granada. I think it would be morale boosting to the whole team all round.
    Griezmann Carrasco and augusto/Gabi/ Koke could come in as subs around the 75 minute mark or so

  • Hannu

    Maybe use Lucas as left back?

  • atleti10

    You’re nuts

  • Paweł Kosiński

    Not a chance for a lineup like this. Granada are fighting for their lives and today’s game might be way sterner than it looks at first glance. Thomas and Correa might grab a start, but I think that’d be it.