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Atletico Madrid vs Leganes: Simeone’s men face push to catch Barcelona

Atletico Madrid vs Leganes: Simeone’s men face push to catch Barcelona

Atletico Madrid will be looking to put pressure on league leaders Barcelona when they host Leganes on Saturday afternoon.

Sitting second place in the La Liga standings and seven points off Barca, Atleti are now the only realistic team that can catch the Catalan side, especially following Real Madrid’s defeat in El Clasico last weekend.

Pressure can now be applied by Diego Simeone’s side who play just before Barca on Saturday and they could temporarily reduce the gap to four points.

Leganes arrive in superb form though and will provide a stern test, having won three of their last five games, including last week’s impressive 1-0 win over Levante.

The majority of those victories however have come at the Butarque, where they continue to be a tough customer.

Atleti have won their last three games, keeping three clean sheets but they will also have one eye on the Champions League clash with Juventus next week.

Team News

Atletico Madrid have a crisis at left-back with both Lucas Hernandez and Filipe Luis out injured. Juanfran will have to adapt to that position, allowing Santiago Arias to start at right-back. Diego Godin and Koke are both suspended for the home side, meaning Stefan Savic and Angel Correa should start in their respective absences.

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Leganes head across Madrid without four key players this weekend, all sidelined due to suspension. Andriy Lunin should come into the team in goal, while Diego Reyes is expected to slot into the back three. Vasyl Kravets should start at left wing-back once again in Jonathan Silva’s injury absence, while Nabil El Zhar is expected to support the attack. Youssef En-Nesyri missed out on Monday but Leganes will hope to have him available here.

Expected XI’s

Atleti: Oblak, Arias, Gimenez, Savic, Juanfran, Lemar, Correa, Saul Niguez, Rodrigo, Griezmann, Morata

Leganes: Lunin, Omeruo, Reyes, Bustinza, Nyom, Perez, Vesga, Kravets, Zhar, En-Nesyri, Braithwaite

Prediction

Atletico Madrid 2-0 Leganes