Following the engrossing Europa League semifinal second leg against Arsenal, Atlético Madrid get to stay at home and welcome Espanyol to the Wanda Metropolitano.
While Atlético’s 1-0 win Thursday put them through to the Europa League final in 11 days’ time, there is still the matter of finishing out the league season on a high. Atleti are second — as has been the case since November — and a victory over Espanyol combined with a favorable result in El Clásico on Sunday night would all but secure the mattress makers’ place above Real Madrid in the final table.
Espanyol have never beaten Atlético at home in the Diego Simeone Era — their last win in this fixture came in Nov. 2010. However, the Catalans won the reverse fixture this season, notching a 1-0 win in what was Atleti’s first league defeat this term.
| CONVOCATORIA— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) May 5, 2018
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Juanfran (hamstring injury), Ángel Correa (suspension) and Diego Costa (suspension) are out of the squad. Simeone will make changes from the team that beat Arsenal — Chicago Fire-linked Fernando Torres is expected to start, while Filipe Luís could make his return from a fractured fibula. Saúl Ñíguez is a yellow card away from a suspension of his own.
Oblak; Vrsaljko, Savić, Giménez, Filipe Luís; Thomas, Saúl, Koke, Vitolo; Torres, Gameiro.
Atlético Madrid 2-0 Espanyol.
How to watch
Date: May 6, 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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