By 90Min
September 20, 2019

Atletico Madrid will be looking to bounce back from their defeat at Real Sociedad last weekend as they take on Celta Vigo on Saturday evening.

Goals from Martin Odegaard and Nacho Monreal condemned Los Rojiblancos to their first defeat of the season last time out, after they'd won their three opening games.

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However, the fighting spirit shown against Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday will give the Atleti faithful hope that they can get their domestic season back on track. A late Hector Herrera header rescued a 2-2 draw for the hosts after they went 2-0 down to Maurizio Sarri's side.

Despite their league position suggesting that they're struggling, Celta were dealt a tricky start to the season. Célticos' three opening games came against; Real Madrid, Valencia and Sevilla, managing to get a very respectable four points from these games. 


However, last week's performance at home to newly-promoted Granada was disastrous. They were down to nine men after 29 minutes and eventually succumbed to a 2-0 defeat, leaving them 16th in the table.


Where to Watch?

When is Kick Off? Saturday 21 September
What Time is Kick Off? 17:30 (BST)
Where is it Played? Wanda Metropolitano
TV Channel/Live Stream? Premier Sports
Referee Mario Melero Lopez

Team News 

Atletico's Alvaro Morata is likely to remain on the sidelines with a knee injury that has kept him out since August. Right back Sime Vrsaljko is out until October due to knee surgery.

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Diego Simeone could rotate for this one after an intense game in midweek. Therefore, the likes of Hector Herrera, Vitolo, Marcos Llorente and Angel Correa could start on Saturday.

The away side will be without Jorge Saenz de Miera Colmeiro and Fran Beltran after their dismissals against Granada last week. David Costas and Rafinha won't make the trip to the Spanish capital due to injury.


Potential Lineups

Atletico Madrid Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Gimenez, Lodi; Koke, Herrera, Llorente, Vitolo; Felix, Costa.
Celta Vigo Blanco; Mallo, Aidoo, Araujo, Olaza; Sisto, Lobotka, Diop, Suarez; Aspas, Mina.

Head to Head Record

As you'd expect, Atleti has had the upper-hand in this fixture as of late, winning 13 of the last 22 meetings.

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The away side haven't won away at Atleti since 2007 when they ran out 3-2 winners at the Vicente Calderon.

These sides split last season's encounters, both winning their home fixture by a 2-0 scoreline.


Recent Form

Simeone's side started the season brilliantly, opening up with a 100% record after three games with wins against Getafe, Eibar and Leganes.

Similarly, Celta fans would've been content with their side's start to the season. A home defeat to Real Madrid was followed by a 1-0 win at home to Valencia and then a 1-1 draw against Sevilla, who currently sit top of the table.

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But, these sides endured a difficult weekend on match day four. Celta failed to muster a single shot on target in their home defeat to Granada whilst Atletico were outplayed by an exciting Sociedad side in San Sebastian, seeing them drop to 2nd in the table.

Here's how the two clubs fared in their last five games:

Atletico Madrid Celta Vigo
Atletico 2-2 Juventus (18/09) Celta 0-2 Granada (15/09)
Real Sociedad 2-0 Atletico (14/09) Celta 1-1 Famalicao (06/09)
Atletico 3-2 Eibar (01/09) Sevilla 1-1 Celta (30/08)
Leganes 0-1 Atletico (25/08) Celta 1-0 Valencia (24/08)
Atletico 1-0 Getafe (18/08) Celta 1-3 Real Madrid (17/08)

Prediction

Atleti's 2019/20 season started in typical fashion, with two 1-0 wins. However, since then we've seen this defence - one that lost the likes of Diego Godin and Lucas Hernandez in the summer - struggle.

They've conceded six in their past three games and with Celta beholding Iago Aspas and Santi Mina in their side, there's a possibility that they could get something at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.

However, with the quality they have going forward, Atletico should bounce back from last week's display and get the win here.

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Joao Felix and Diego Costa have formed a decent little strike partnership in Morata's absence and they should have some joy against a depleted Celta backline.

Prediction: Atletico 2-1 Celta Vigo

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