Atlético Madrid will be looking to repair their fragile recent form on Saturday afternoon, as they host Las Palmas in a league match at the Vicente Calderón.
The red and whites are three games without a goal and indeed a win, and fell to sixth last week after a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Villarreal last week.
In the midst of an injury crisis, Diego Simeone will be without goalkeeper Jan Oblak after he dislocated his shoulder in that loss at El Madrigal, an injury that rule him out for most of the season. Miguel Ángel Moyá is set for his first league start since March 2015 in his place.
Filipe Luís will also miss out, as will long term absentee Augusto Fernández and Tiago, who limped off with a knee injury after makin the mistake that led to the Yellow Submarine’s first goal.
Ángel Correa is suspended, but Josema Giménez has been passed fit though after recovering from a knock picked up in training earlier in the week.
Cholo has opted to call up 19 year-old B team midfielder Juan Moreno for the clash. The canterano made his debut in the 6-0 Copa del Rey win over Guijuelo at the end of last month.
A win is essential for Atleti in order to keep pace for the Champions League places. Las Palmas on the other hand will go to within a point of the capital club should they take the three points.
Last season, they impressed at the Calderón on the opening day of the season, losing only to a deflected Antoine Griezmann free-kick.
The Frenchman, who finished third in the Ballon d’Or standings in midweek, will want to break his goalscoring duck against the Canary Islanders on Saturday having not found the net in La Liga in two and a half months.
Quique Setien’s side had enjoyed a flying start to the current campaign, but have seen their form curtail a little lately. They are one of the strongest footballing sides in the division and will no doubt pose a threat in the attacking third.
It will be the last league game of the calendar year before the Christmas break, although Atleti do host Guijuelo in the return leg of the Copa del Rey on Tuesday night.
Atlético match selection
Goalkeepers: Moyá, Moreira
Defenders: Godín, Savic, Vrsaljko, Lucas, Juanfran, Giménez
Midfielders: Koke, Saúl, Carrasco, Gabi, Thomas, Gaitán, Juan Moreno
Forwards: Griezmann, Torres, Gameiro