Atlético Madrid will seek a fourth straight league win at Celta Vigo when they visit Balaídos on Saturday evening.
Atlético notched their first win of the 2018/19 Liga Santander season last week, but it was an unimpressive 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano. Moreover, Diego Simeone is already down two first-team players, as winger Vitolo will be out until October with a knee injury and right back Juanfran is out indefinitely with a left hamstring strain.
Celta are adjusting to life under new boss Antonio Mohamed. The Argentine guided his side to a win last time out, as the Galicians beat Levante 2-1 away. Mohamed oversaw a summer of change, but Celta hung onto star forwards Iago Aspas and Maxi Gómez and key midfielder Stanislav Lobotka.
Reports early in the week had Simeone testing out Santiago Arias and Lucas Hernández at the full back positions, but it appears he has now shifted toward starting wantaway Filipe Luís and center back José Giménez instead(???). Otherwise, this team should have a similar look to the one that beat Rayo last Saturday.
Atlético have lost only once to Celta in league play since 2007 and have won the past five meetings.
Oblak; Giménez, Savić, Godín, Filipe Luís; Saúl, Koke, Correa, Lemar; Griezmann, Costa.
Celta 1-2 Atlético.
How to watch
Date: Sept. 1, 2018
Location: Balaídos, Vigo, Galicia, Spain
Kickoff time: 6:30 p.m. CEST, 5:30 p.m. GMT/BST, 12:30 p.m. EST, 9:30 a.m. PST
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