Atlético Madrid make the first of three trips to the Basque Country this week on Sunday, ending the first half of the La Liga season at San Mamés against Athletic Bilbao.
The colchoneros come into the game on a good run of form having won 6 of their last 7 matches, but will be in for a tough test against one of Spain’s most intense and physical teams.
Kick-off in Bilbao is set for 16:15 CET.
Earlier in the week, Atleti took a huge step towards the Copa del Rey semi-finals with a 3-0 win at home to Eibar, and will hope to pick up where they left off against Athletic.
Simeone and the team will be back on Basque territory on Wednesday for the second leg, and then again three days later to take on Alavés in La Liga.
However, the Argentine boss as usual will be insisting that his team looks no further than the next game, partido a partido, one of the first rules of Cholismo and part of the reason for our recent up turn in form.
San Mamés is always up there as one of the most difficult away grounds for visiting teams, although Atleti do have a good record at the new stadium since it opened in 2013, winning all 4 of their visits.
Last season, Fernando Torres scored the only goal in 1-0 triumph for Atleti at La Catedral in April, with Griezmann scoring a hat-trick in the corresponding fixture in 2014/15.
The reverse fixture in May will be the last ever league match played at the Vicente Calderón, that is if the Madrilenian red and whites can resolve all of the issues surrounding the stadium move in time.
According to reports, Kevin Gameiro could come back into the team to partner compatriot Antoine Griezmann in attack, having finally broken his two month scoring drought in midweek.
Nico Gaitán is also set to keep his place after a couple of impressive performances. Elsewhere, Sime Vrsaljko is likely to replace Juanfran at right-back, with Diego Godín and Gabi returning to the XI.
Atleti have Lucas Hernández available after he received the medical all clear following a muscle injury, but Jan Oblak, Tiago and Augusto are still sidelined.
Switching focus to our opponents, Athletic are enjoying another solid season in the Primera División, and can go level on points with Villarreal in the final Europa League position with a win on Sunday.
They will be without two of their key players though, veteran striker Aritz Aduriz and playmaker Beñat both serving suspenions after picking up their fifth yellow cards of the season in last week’s 0-0 draw away at Leganés.
Los Leones main attacking threat will come from former Atleti favourite Raúl García, but they also have Iker Muniain back fit and in form as well as the pacey Iñaki Williams up front.
Having not played in the cup in midweek they will probably be the fresher of the two sides, which could have an impact given the combative and energetic nature of both sides style of play.
Atlético match selection
Goalkeepers: Moyá, Moreira
Defenders: Godín, Filipe, Savic, Vrsaljko, Lucas, Juanfran, Giménez
Midfielders: Koke, Saúl, Carrasco, Gabi, Gaitán
Forwards: Griezmann, Torres, Correa, Gameiro