Atlético Madrid will look to put two dispiriting pre-international break results in the rearview mirror on Saturday, when Los Colchoneros take on Celta Vigo at Balaídos.
Celta barely scraped together the points to stave off relegation a few months ago, and a very quiet summer saw almost the entire squad retained. The Iago Aspas-led attack has sputtered to begin the 2020/21 season, and the side has just three goals to show for its opening five games (of which only one has been a win).
Atlético’s attack stalled prior to the two-week respite, and Diego Simeone’s men enter this match on a three-hour goalless drought. Another Šime Vrsaljko surgery aside, Atleti’s internationals returned healthy and welcomed Lucas Torreira to training for the first time Thursday. José Giménez has recovered from COVID-19 and is expected to be available for the first time this season.
Celta were more than happy to take two points off Atlético last season, and the teams’ last meeting in Vigo on July 7 ended in a 1-1 draw. Atleti have lost only one of its past 10 outings against Celta. Yannick Carrasco and Ángel Correa have each scored twice against Saturday’s opponents, while Aspas and Fran Beltrán are the only celestes to have scored against Atleti in the past three calendar years.
Possible XI Oblak; Trippier, Felipe, Savić, Manu Sánchez; Félix, Koke, Torreira, Carrasco; Costa, Suárez.
Date Oct. 17, 2020
Location Balaídos, Vigo, Galicia, Spain
Kickoff time 4:00 p.m. CET, 3:00 p.m. GMT, 10:00 a.m. EST, 7:00 a.m. PST
Available TV/streaming Movistar+ (Spain), LaLiga TV (United Kingdom), beIN Sports (United States), beIN Sports HD 1 (Morocco), Kayo Sports (Australia), ESPN (Brazil), Sky HD (Mexico), Sportklub 3 (Slovenia)