Atletico Madrid welcome Rostov to the capital of Spain having travelled to the very south of Russia themselves during the last round of Champions League games.
Since that 1-0 victory, Atletico have lost to Sevilla and beaten Malaga in La Liga and currently lie third in the league behind Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Koke was “rested” in the game against Malaga thanks to a red card against Sevilla and should return to the side to anchor the midfield while it remains to be seen how strong a team Simeone puts out remains to be seen. Nico Gaitan is likely to miss the game with a glute injury, which means Saul is likely to keep his place with the high-flying Gameiro and Griezmann remaining as the most advanced options for the side.
Los Rojiblancos are at the top of their Champions League group thanks to three 1-0 victories over their opponents so far including wins in Eindhoven, at the Calderon against Bayern Munich and in Rostov.
While it won’t be as difficult as it was in Rostov, the game won’t be a walk in the park and Simeone will need to guard against complacency when two more wins against Rostov and Eindhoven and a draw at the Allianz Arena will be enough to see them through as group winners in the first phase of the Champions League.
Location: Vicente Calderon, Madrid, Spain
Kick-off time: 19:45 PM GMT/BST, 14:45 Eastern, 10:45 Pacific
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