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Alaves vs Atletico Madrid: Simeone’s men must bounce back

Alaves vs Atletico Madrid: Simeone’s men must bounce back

Atletico Madrid must beat Alaves on Saturday evening to keep themselves in the La Liga title race.

Diego Simeone’s side sit ten points below league leaders Barcelona after losing their last league game to Athletic Bilbao and they will now need to beat Alaves in order to keep their league title dreams alive.

Atleti, however, will have their work cut out as they face a side who are incredibly knocking on the door of an unlikely but deserved Champions League place.

Alaves have not lost in their last six games and will take comfort from their last game where they beat Huesca 3-1 away from home.

Team News

For the hosts, Guillermo Maripan is suspended, but he would not have featured due to an injury. Ximo Navarro should return to the heart of the defence, with Martin set to continue at right back. Finally, Ruben Duarte is fit again to return to the left back role.

For the visitors, defensive midfielder Rodri is ruled out through suspension Santiago Arias is out through injury.

Expected XI’s

Alaves: Pacheco, Aguirregabiria, Navarro, Laguardia, Duarte, Brasanac, Pina, Jony, Inui, Baston, Calleri

Atleti: Oblak, Juanfran, Filipe Luis, Godin, Gimenez, Koke, Partey, Saul Niguez, Lemar, Griezmann, Morata

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Prediction

0-2. Atleti have to win and we think they will seal it.