Atlético Madrid vs Alaves – Wanda Metropolitano – Saturday 8th December – Kick off 12pm UK time
Third placed Atlético Madrid welcome fourth placed Alaves to the capital on Saturday afternoon as both sides look to narrow the gap on Barcelona at the top of the table.
The Catalans have a one point lead on Sevilla in second with Atléti and Alaves two and three further behind Los Nervionenses ahead of their meeting at the weekend.
Atléti are unbeaten in eleven games in La Liga but have drawn six of those while Alaves have lost two of their last four games in the league. Both sides had differing fortunes in the Copa del Rey in midweek with Atléti easing past Segunda B side Sant Andreu 5-0 on aggregate while Alaves were knocked out by Girona following a 2-1 second leg defeat.
Last season’s two meetings were tight affairs but on both occasions, the Madrid side came out 1-0 winners.
Diego Simeone is without a host of first team stars ahead of Saturday’s game with Diego Godin, Juanfran, Filipe Luis and Diego Costa all injured, Jose Gimenez not yet fully match fit and Koke suspended.
Saúl Ñíguez deputised at left back against Girona and is expected to continue in that position again at the weekend with Nikola Kalinic taking Costa’s place up front.
Alaves have a near fully fit squad with defender Rodrigo Ely the only absence for their trip to the capital. Abelardo is likely to go with just one up front at the Wanda with Jonathan Calleri expected to get the nod.
Atlético Madrid (4-4-2): Oblak; Arias, Savic, Lucas, Saúl; Correa, Thomas, Rodri, Lemar; Kalinic, Griezmann
Alaves (4-3-2-1): Pacheco; Martin, Ximo, Laguardia, Duarte; Garcia, Pina, Wakaso; Ibai, Jony; Calleri
Atlético Madrid 2-1 Alaves