Rayo Vallecano welcome neighbours Atletico Madrid to Estadio de Vallecas on Saturday afternoon with their visitors looking to put a stop to a current two-game losing streak.
Rayo have also lost their last two games, both 2-1 defeats at the hands of Espanyol and Leganes. Los Franjirrojos were on a four-game unbeaten run before the losses however, and will be hoping to perform well against a shaky Atletico side.
Atleti, who announced on Friday that Diego Simeone has extended his contract at the Wanda Metropolitano until 2022, lost ground on the title race after losing 3-1 at home to rivals Real Madrid last Saturday, with Los Blancos leapfrogging them to second. A 1-0 defeat to Real Betis the week prior resulted in Los Colchoneros ending their near five month unbeaten run in La Liga.
Michel will definitely be without defender Gorka Elustondo for the weekend’s clash, with the 31-year old suffering a ruptured ligament keeping him out until May. Adrian Embarba (muscle discomfort) and Giannelli Imbula (hip) are both doubts for the match.
Diego Simeone will not have Lucas Hernandez for the match, the Frenchman has been ruled out with a knee injury. Some good news for the Argentine however is that Stefan Savic and Diego Costa are both back to full fitness and may appear in the squad list. Koke is a doubt as he recovers from his quadriceps injury.
Predicted line ups
Rayo Vallecano (5-4-1): Dimitrievski; Advincula, Gálvez, Ba, Amat, Alex Moreno; Embarba, Medran, Comesana, Trejo; De Tomas
Atletico Madrid (4-4-2): Oblak; Arias, Gimenez, Godin, Filipe Luis; Correa, Rodri, Saul, Vitolo; Griezmann, Morata
Rayo Vallecano 0-2 Atletico Madrid