Atlético Madrid will look to get back on track Sunday following an embarrassing Copa del Rey elimination midweek.
The 5-2 aggregate thumping at the hands of Sevilla means Atlético essentially have only the Europa League to fight for, but Diego Simeone’s men could take a step toward consolidating second place in La Liga with a win over relegation candidates Las Palmas.
Paco Jémez’ side is coming off their biggest win of the season over Valencia, who are the closest team to Atlético in the table. And Valencia lost again Saturday, as Real Madrid went to Mestalla and pasted los Che 4-1, meaning Atleti can go six points clear with a win Sunday evening. That may be easier said than done, though; the mattress makers have nearly as many draws (4) as wins (5) at the Wanda Metropolitano this season.
Filipe Luís remains sidelined with a heel injury, and though it seemed Diego Costa was set to return from a hamstring knock a few days earlier than expected, Simeone left him out of the squad at the last minute. Šime Vrsaljko is serving a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation. Augusto Fernández and Nico Gaitán are out of the squad as they both look to secure moves away from Atlético; the former is set to join Chinese club Beijing Renhe in the next few days.
Oblak; Juanfran, Giménez, Godín, Lucas; Correa, Koke, Gabi, Saúl; Griezmann, Gameiro.
Atlético Madrid 2-1 Las Palmas.
How to watch
Date: Jan. 28, 2018
Location: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain
Kickoff time: 16:15 CEST, 15:15 GMT/BST, 10:15 a.m. EST, 7:15 a.m. PST
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Available TV/streaming: beIN LaLiga (Spain), Sky Sports Red Button, Sky Go UK (United Kingdom), fuboTV, beIN Sports en Español (United States), beIN Sports MAX 9 (France)
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