Make or break for Atletico’s trophy chances?November 4, 2017
Atletico Madrid will be looking to walk away with all three points when they travel to Deportivo La Coruna after failing to see off Azerbaijani side Qarabag for the second time in Europe in midweek.
Diego Simeone’s men currently sit in fourth place, eight points behind league leaders Barcelona. The Mattressers have been off the pace thus far this season and face group stage elimination in the Champions League with only three points from four games and come up against a Deportivo side confident from their last outing.
Meanwhile, the home side’s spirited win against fellow relegation candidates, Las Palmas helped them to currently sit five points clear of the relegation zone on 11 points.
Despite still being unbeaten in the league with five wins and five draws, Atletico will be cautious of Cristobal Parralo’s men who proved to be their bogey team last season, holding them to a 1-1 draw in the home fixture before Atletico scraped past in a 1-0 win in the return fixture.
Costel Pantilimon is set to keep his place in goal as Ruben Martinez continues to recover from a knock whilst Carles Gil and Adrian Lopez remain out.
For Atletico, Lucas Hernandez is set to deputise at left-back after Filipe Luis suffered a hamstring injury in midweek. Yannick Carrasco and Koke are currently both doubtful for the game at the Estadio Riazor with Kevin Gameiro expected to partner Antoine Griezmann up front.
Deportivo: Pantilimon; Luisinho, Sidnei, Schar, Juanfran; Borges, Guilherme; Bakkali, Valverde, Cartabia; Perez
Atletico: Oblak; Juanfran, Savic, Godin, Hernandez; Correa, Gabi, Partey, Saul Niguez; Griezmann, Gameiro