Atlético recovered somewhat from that 1-0 defeat at Camp Nou by beating Lokomotiv Moscow 3-0 on Thursday. That result effectively locked up a place in the Europa League quarterfinals, but Simeone still has one eye on the league — if not for first place, then certainly for second, as nearest challengers Real Madrid won their fifth league contest from the past six on Saturday, beating Eibar 2-1.
After some doubts midweek, Celta boss Unzué confirmed that he will be able to count on talisman Iago Aspas for this fixture, one that is crucial to the Galicians’ chances at staying in the Europa League hunt. As for Atlético, Simeone revealed Saturday that Jan Oblak is set to start after hand and gluteus injuries kept him sidelined Thursday. Local reports indicate that Simeone will also give Filipe Luís a rest Sunday and hand Vitolo a rare start — just the Canary Islander’s second in LaLiga since joining Atleti in January.
Atlético have not lost to Celta in league play since Feb. 2015, and the last time Celta beat Atlético at home was in June 2007.
Oblak; Vrsaljko, Giménez, Godín, Lucas; Gabi, Saúl, Koke, Vitolo; Griezmann, Costa.
Atlético Madrid 2-1 Celta Vigo.
How to watch
Date: March 11, 2018
Location: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain
Kickoff time: 16:15 CEST, 15:15 GMT/BST, 10:15 a.m. EST, 8:15 a.m. PST
SB Nation opposition blog: N/A
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