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Atletico Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano: Both teams battle for first La Liga win of the season

Atletico Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano: Both teams battle for first La Liga win of the season

Atletico Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano – Estadio Wanda Metropolitano – Saturday 25th August – Kick off 7:15pm GMT

Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid make their season debut on home turf on Saturday against newly promoted Rayo Vallecano in a Madrid derby with both teams looking for their first victories of the season.

Atleti were held to a draw by Valencia at Mestalla whilst Rayo were thrashed by Sevilla and few will expect the visitors to leave with anything but their dignity on Saturday, and many will doubt that they will even manage that.

Of the last eight meetings between the two, the minnows have picked up a draw on only two occasions, both on home turf, with Atletico running out the winners in the other six.

Team News

Atletico Madrid will have a full squad available for the fixture, with the only potential absentee being Filipe Luis as his future remains uncertain which may lead to Diego Simeone leaving the Brazilian out.

It may be too soon for Rayo Vallecano to welcome in new signing Alvaro Garcia, whilst Emiliano Velazquez remains sidelined by injury and will miss out.

Predicted Line-Ups

Atletico Madrid (4-4-2): Oblak; Juanfran, Savic, Godin, Lucas; Correa, Koke, Saul, Lemar; Griezmann, Costa.

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Rayo Vallecano (4-3-3): Alberto; Tito, Dorado, Abdoulaye, Moreno; Medran, Amat, Pozo; Embarba, Trejo, Kakuta.

Score Prediction

Atletico Madrid 3-0 Rayo Vallecano