Celta Vigo are Atlético Madrid’s next opponents, and the capital club are aiming for their first win in nearly three weeks.
Atlético were dismantled at Real Sociedad last Saturday before a furious rally secured a 2-2 draw against Juventus at A Stadium Called Wanda. Diego Simeone’s crew is in the midst of a difficult stretch of fixtures — six in 18 days, including a Madrid Derby and an upcoming trip to Moscow — and have to get back on track in LaLiga.
In that case, the Galicians may be a welcome opponent. Fran Escribá’s side lost 2-0 at home to Granada last time out and played with nine men for more than an hour after defender Jorge Sáenz and midfielder Fran Beltrán were sent off. Atlético have not lost a home league match to Celta since 2007 and have won four on the trot between the Vicente Calderón and the Wanda Metropolitano.
Álvaro Morata is back after a knee sprain ruled him out of the mattress makers’ previous three fixtures. Thomas Partey came off Wednesday with an apparent muscular problem, but he appears to be OK for now as he too is in the squad. Thomas Lemar is injured now though and will not play.
Oblak; Trippier, Giménez, Savić, Lodi; Koke, Thomas, João Félix, Saúl; Costa, Morata.
2-1 Atlético. The rojiblanco XI may look pretty different from the one I’ve predicted above, but I think Simeone will leave his defensive rotations for Wednesday’s fixture at Mallorca. Celta have a healthy Iago Aspas, who instantly makes them more dangerous and likely to find holes in Atlético’s shaky back line.
However, I’m backing Atleti to get back on the winning path in the end. I project it will have something to do with Simeone’s relief at finally being able to field his preferred attacking trio: João Félix behind Morata and Diego Costa.
Jeremy’s record on the season: 3-0-2
How to watch
Date: Sept. 21, 2019
Location: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain
Kickoff time: 6:30 p.m. CET, 5:30 p.m. GMT, 12:30 p.m. EST, 9:30 a.m. PST
Available TV/streaming: Movistar LaLiga, MiTele Plus (Spain), Premier Sports 2 (United Kingdom), beIN Sports, fubo.tv (United States), Eleven Sports 1 (Portugal), FOX Premium (Brazil), Sportklub 3 (Slovenia), Sky HD, Blue To Go Video Everywhere (Mexico), PPTV Sport (China)