Fresh off of a 1-1 draw with Barcelona on Wednesday night, Atlético Madrid returns to the Vicente Calderón on Sunday afternoon for a match up with lowly Deportivo La Coruña.
The hosts can go up to third in the table with a win against the Galicians, with reports suggesting that we can expect rotations to the team in the midst of our hectic early season schedule.
Kick-off in the capital is set for 16:15 CET.
Leaders Real Madrid have now drawn twice in a row having been held at Las Palmas on Saturday night, meaning just weeks after some ruled Atleti out of the title race for dropping points in their two openers, we have a chance to go within touching distance of the top two.
As expected, Simeone went with his most trusted and experienced players in the draw at Barcelona, after having made changes for last weekend’s win over Sporting Gijón.
Sunday’s game may give the Atleti boss a chance to rotate the likes of Gaitán, Augusto and Torres into the side with the games coming thick and fast, and a Champions League match-up with Bayern Munich looming.
Saúl Ñíguez has been rested altogether and doesn’t feature in the squad, but apart form the injured Tiago, Cerci and Moyá, everybody else has been called-up.
Depor have struggled to get onto the scoresheet lately, scoring just once in their last four matches. That came against Leganés on Thursday night, but counted for nothing as the visitors claimed an unlikely 2-1 win.
Germán Lux starts in goal for the Branquiazuis, with Juanfran, Raúl Albentosa, Alejandro Arribas, and Luisinho manning the back line last time out.
Pedro Mosquera and Celso Borges featured as deep lying midfielders, with Emre Colak, Bruno Gama and Marlos Moreno in the more forward roles.
Florin Andone is the lone striker for Deportivo, and they also have free signing Ryan Babel in their ranks now, a former teammate of Fernando Torres back in his Liverpool days.
Despite their place at 14th in La Liga, Deportivo could be a tough opponent. The rojiblancos took care of business last time they came to the Calderón with a 3-0 win, but struggled at the Riazor as the hosts scored late on in a 1-1 draw.
However, the departure of Lucas Pérez to Arsenal has left a big whole in their frontline. They’ve not scored in the Calderón since 2008, a certain Filipe Luís on target in a 4-1 Atleti win.
“Depor will come to look for the alternatives needed to try and earn a result,” said Simeone in his press conference. “We will play the players who we believe are at their best and the ones who can win us this match.”
The match has been declared as high-risk by police, with violence before between ultras back in 2014 still leaving a sour taste in the mouth.
Atlético match selection
Goalkeepers: Oblak, Moreira
Defenders: Godín, Filipe, Savic, Vrsaljko, Lucas, Juanfran, Giménez
Midfielders: Koke, Carrasco, Augusto, Gabi, Thomas, Gaitán
Forwards: Griezmann, Torres, Correa, Gameiro