Alaves v Atletico Madrid: Atleti looking to end poor league run with away win

Alaves v Atletico Madrid: Atleti looking to end poor league run with away win

April 28, 2018 Off By Ben MacDonald

Alaves welcome Atletico Madrid to the Mendizorrotza Stadium on Sunday evening with the visitors aiming to put an end to their recent bad run of results in the league.

Abelardo Fernández’s side have had a decent run of form recently, collecting 10 points from the last 15 available. A 4-0 win away to Las Palmas weekend confirmed their league status for next season and as such triggered a clause in striker John Guidetti’s loan contract, ensuring that the Swedish forward remains in Vitoria-Gasteiz for the 2018/19 season.

Atleti go into the weekend’s match following their 1-1 draw away to Arsenal in the Europa League semi-final. Sime Vrsaljko received two yellow cards within the first ten minutes, with Diego Simeone being sent to the stands a couple of minutes later after voicing his frustration at referee Clement Turpin not showing a yellow card to Hector Bellerin. In the league, the side have collected eight points from the last 15 available and are four points ahead of neighbours Real in second, with Los Blancos having a game in hand.

The hosts will be without Rodrigo Ely for the match, with the defender collecting his fifth yellow card during last week’s victory in Gran Canaria. Carlos Vigaray (edema) and Alvaro Medran (knee sprain) will also miss the clash with injuries.

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Los Colchoneros are still without Felipe Luis, with a fractured fibula ruling him out until mid-May. Juanfran also looks set to miss the game with a hamstring injury. Following the draw in London and with the second leg being played at the Wanda Metropolitano on Thursday, Simeone may be looking to rotate his squad for this weekend’s match.

Predicted line ups:

Alaves: Pacheco; Martin, Alexis, Laguardia, Duarte; Ibai, Manu Garcia, Pina, Sobrino; Guidetti, Munir

Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Vrsaljko, Savic, Godin, Lucas; Vitolo, Gabi, Saul, Koke; Torres, Griezmann