Preview: Hapoel Tel Aviv vs. Atletico Madrid

Preview: Hapoel Tel Aviv vs. Atletico Madrid
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Sports Mole previews defending champions Atletico Madrid's trip to Hapoel Tel Aviv in the Europa League.

Atletico Madrid will open up the defence of their Europa League title with a trip to Israel tomorrow evening.

Hapoel Tel Aviv will play host to Spaniards, having qualified for the competition thanks to their success in this year's Israeli State Cup.

They are in good form heading into the encounter, winning all of their last five matches and conceding just one goal in the process.

Their starting lineup tomorrow may include former Manchester United midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba and John Paintsil, who spent time in England with Fulham and Leicester City.

Atletico are expected to start with the in-form Falcao in attack. The Colombian has already scored seven goals this season and he also has 29 Europa League goals to his name from the last two campaigns.

Recent form:

Hapoel: WWWWW
Atletico: WWWDD

Possible lineups:

Hapoel: Edel; Pantsil, Antebi, Shushan; Djemba-Djemba, Bruno Coutinho, Vermouth, Badir, Maman; Tamuz, Ben Haim

Atletico: Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Luis; Turan, Gabi, Tiago, Koke, Diego; Falcao

Sports Mole says: 1-1

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