Atletico Madrid v Levante: Hosts looking to steer clear of neighbours with victory

Atletico Madrid v Levante: Hosts looking to steer clear of neighbours with victory

April 15, 2018 Off By Ben MacDonald

Atletico Madrid welcome Levante to the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday with a win widening the gap between them and third-placed Real Madrid to six points.

Atleti discovered on Friday that they face tough competition in English Premiership side Arsenal in the Europa League semi-final, having progressed to the next round the night before in a 2-1 aggregate win over Portuguese side Sporting Club. Diego Simeone may feel that his side could have performed better in the league in recent times, having picked up seven points from the last 15 available.

Levante almost certainly sealed their place in next season’s La Liga last Sunday with a 2-1 win over Las Palmas at the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia, moving eight points clear of the relegation zone. Paco Lopez’s side has been on an unbeaten run in the league since a 1-0 defeat to Alaves on March 1st, securing wins against Eibar and Getafe, as well as drawing with Espanyol and Girona.

Diego Costa has not been included in the squad list for the match having suffered a hamstring injury in the 1-0 defeat in Portugal. He joins Felipe Luis at the treatment table, with the left-back still out with a fractured fibula. Thomas is also unavailable due to picking up a fifth yellow card against Real last Sunday.

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The visitors are without eight first team players for the match, with Raul Fernandez (hip), Ivan Lopez (ligament), Tono Garcia (hip), Cheick Doukoure (knee), Emmanuel Boateng (cheekbone) and Antonio Luna (hamstring) all out injured, as well as Coke Andujar and Ruben Rochina suspended.

Predicted line ups:

Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Vrsaljko, Savic, Godin, Lucas; Correa, Gabi, Saul, Koke; Griezmann, Gameiro

Levante: Oier; Pedro Lopez, Rober, Cabaco, Chema; Ivi, Campana, Lerma, Morales; Roger, Pazzini