After their 2-0 win in the first leg last week, Atlético Madrid will be looking to finish the job and seal qualification to the Copa del Rey finals against Las Palmas on Tuesday night.
The rojiblancos have a handsome lead and two away goals on the board, but Diego Simeone is leaving nothing to chance and has named a strong squad for the clash.
Kick-off in the Vicente Calderón is set for 21:15 CET.
Now on a run of four wins in a row, confidence looks to be back at Atlético and they are starting to resemble the team we had gotten used to again, whilst experimenting new strategies along the way.
On Tuesday, they can take another step forward by booking a place in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey, as Las Palmas make the trip to the capital from Gran Canaria for the second leg.
Goals from Koke and Antoine Griezmann gave the red and whites a commanding first leg win on the island a week ago, and now the task is to qualify in a professional manner against Quique Setién’s side.
Cholo is expected to name a fairly strong line-up for the match, and hasn’t allowed any players a rest despite being in the midst of one of the busiest periods of the season.
Griezmann is included despite missing training on Monday to attend FIFA’s Best Player of the Year awards gala, where he was left out of the World XI despite coming third in the player’s vote.
Whether he will start or not remains to be seen, but he will most like be needed given that both Yannick Carrasco, still returning from injury and Kevin Gameiro are both out.
Gameiro has gone down with the flu, which has also affected goalkeeping coach Pablo Vercellone and youngster Juan Moreno, who has featured a lot in the matchday squads lately.
Canteranos Rubén Fernández, Keidi and Bernabé are called-up, with André Moreira and Alessio Cerci not involved as they reportedly tie up moves away from the club.
Tiago, Augusto and Oblak remain injured, whereas Thomas is missing once more due to his involvement in the African Cup of Nations which starts on Thursday.
Las Palmas have bought their entire squad to Madrid, and will stay in the mainland for their weekend clash with Barcelona rather than flying back to the Canary Islands after the game.
Whilst Setién still has fitness doubts to contend with, his only confirmed absentees are Sergio Araujo and Tyronne who are both looking for transfers during the winter window.
They returned to winning ways after their first leg loss on Saturday with a 1-0 triumph over Sporting Gijón which took them up to eighth in the table. Atleti on the other hand were 2-0 winners at Eibar.
Whoever goes through, and barring a quite incredible comeback that should be the home side, will find out their opponent for the quarter-final in the draw on Friday.
However, Las Palmas have proved themselves to be one of the best attacking sides in Spain this year, and after last year’s cup debacle against Celta, we can’t take anything for granted at the Calderón.
Atlético match selection
Goalkeepers: Moyá, Bernabé
Defenders: Godín, Filipe, Savic, Vrsaljko, Lucas, Juanfran, Giménez
Midfielders: Koke, Saúl, Gabi, Gaitán, Keidi, Rubén Fernández
Forwards: Griezmann, Torres, Correa