Atlético Madrid manager Diego Simeone is well and truly under the cosh heading into Saturday’s La Liga match against Osasuna at Wanda Metropolitano.
The signings of wonderkid João Félix and centre-back Mario Hermoso in the summer were meant to introduce a new, exciting era for Atlético, however the departures of Antoine Griezmann and Diego Godín have left voids that are seemingly impossible to fill.
Where to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Saturday 14th December|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||20:00 (BST)|
|Where Is It Played?||Wanda Metropolitano|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||Premier Sports 2|
|Referee?||José Luis Munuera Montero|
Atlético Madrid will have to make do without several key players this weekend.
Not all is negative, though, as José Giménez and Ángel Correa are expected to return to the side, offering Simeone with more of an array of tactical options than in previous weeks.
The visitors also have a long list of absentees as the likes of Ruben Martinez, Kike Barja, Sergio Herrera and Nacho Vidal all remain on the injury table.
Goalkeeper Oier Olazábal is suspended after picking up a red card against Sevilla last time out.
|Atlético Madrid||Oblak; Trippier, Felipe, Gimenez, Lodi; Saul, Herrera, Thomas, Koke; Felix, Morata|
|Osasuna||Herrera; Roncaglia, D Garcia, Hernandez, Estupinan; Torres, Brasanac, Moncayola, R Garcia; Avila, Lopez|
Atléti dominance? Think again. The two La Liga outfits have met 25 times over the years and their head-to-head record may actually be a lot closer than you may expect.
Of those 25 fixtures, Atlético Madrid have won just 12, with Osasuna sneaking victories on nine occasions and a split of points on four.
Recent success for Atléti is certainly on the agenda though, as they have won five of the last six competitive meetings between the two sides, losing once.
This weekend’s visitors will head to Wanda Metropolitano with beaming smiles across their faces as they have hit the ground running in La Liga since their promotion from Segunda División.
Diego Simeone’s struggling side haven’t tasted victory in over a month and have only taken two points from their last three league matches.
Diego Costa’s absence may be a cause for concern but there is no space no excuses in regards to Atlético’s dreadful goalscoring record this season. There’s no doubt that they have lacked the clinical edge in attack and this was highlighted effectively by the bore draw at Villarreal last time out in which there were plenty of missed opportunities.
Here’s how both teams have fared in their last five matches:
|Villarreal 0-0 Atlético Madrid (06/12)||Osasuna 1-1 Sevilla (08/12)|
|Atlético Madrid 0-1 Barcelona (01/12)||Espanyol 2-4 Osasuna (01/12)|
|Juventus 1-0 Atlético Madrid (26/11)||Osasuna 1-2 Athletic Bilbao (24/11)|
|Granada 1-1 Atlético Madrid (23/11)||Getafe 0-0 Osasuna (10/11)|
|Atlético Madrid 3-1 Espanyol (10/11)||Osasuna 4-2 Alavés (03/11)|
Both sides have drawn eight games each this season it seems likely that this will to end with an equal divide of points.
Prediction: Atlético Madrid 1-1 Osasuna