Atletico Madrid has been struggling this season in La Liga as they find themselves seventh in the league with 26 points. Plenty of football fans have already suggested that this might just turn out to be the very final season of Diego Simeone as the manager of the club and might make a move elsewhere due to the inconsistency displayed in performance. However, Atletico will be eager to move higher up the table as they host Osasuna that positions itself 10th in the league with 23 points to their tally.
Date- Sunday, December 15 | Kick-Off- 1:30 AM (iIST) | Venue- Wanda Metropolitano Stadium
Angel Correa is back from a ban but could settle for the bench. Jose Gimenez is expected to feature at the centre-half position alongside Felipe. Simeone will have to decide between Tripper and Santiago Arias as to who could fit in at right-back for the hosts. Sime Vraslijko, Stefan Savic, Diego Costa and Vitolo are ruled out due to injuries.
Oier is on the sidelines due to suspensions, while Darko Brasanac and Jon Monacayola should feature in at central midfield. Aridane should partner alongside David Garcia at centre-back for the visitors. Nacho Vidal’s absence due to injury should make way for Facundo Roncaglia at right-back. Kike Barja, Ruben Martinez, Marc Cordona are also out injured.
Atletico Madrid- Oblak; Lodi, Gimenez, Felipe, Trippier; Koke, Partey, Herrera, Niguez; Felix, Morata
Osasuna- Herrera; Roncaglia, Garcia, Hernandez, Estupinan; Torres, Brasanac, Moncayola, Garcia; Avila, Lopez
Alvaro Morata has been the top scorer for Atletico Madrid and once again will have the burden of scoring goals for his side. Morata has five goals and an assist from 13 league games so far.
Chimy Avil a has been pivotal in attack for Osasuna. The Argentine has six goals and two assists from 15 appearances in La Liga this season.
Saul Niguez has been one of the standouts in central midfield for Atletico Madrid. The Spanish international has a pass accuracy of 80% and averages 2.1 successful tackles per game.
Roberto Torres has contributed well for Osasuna in recent games. The 30-year-old has four goals and three assists from 16 appearances this season.
Goalkeeper- S Herrera
Defenders- S Niguez (C), R Lodi, U Garcia, A Hernandez
Midfielders- Koke, R Garcia, R Torres
Forwards- A Morata, J Felix, E Avila
Goalkeeper- J Oblak
Defenders- J Gimenez, S Niguez, A Hernandez, P Estupinan
Midfielders- T Lemar, R Garcia, R Torres (C), J Moncayola
Forwards- A Morata, E Avila
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