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Oct 17, 2020 at 3pm UK at Balaídos
Celta VigoCelta Vigo
0-2
AtleticoAtletico Madrid

Beltran (41'), Nolito (63'), Aspas (83')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Suarez (6'), Carrasco (90+5')
Hermoso (17'), Costa (37'), Felipe (71'), Herrera (86')

Preview: Celta Vigo vs. Atletico Madrid - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's La Liga clash between Celta Vigo and Atletico Madrid, including team news and predicted lineups.

Atletico Madrid will be looking to return to winning ways in Spain's top flight when they continue their 2020-21 campaign away to Celta Vigo on Saturday afternoon.

Diego Simeone's side have picked up five points from their first three league games of the season to sit 12th in the table, while Celta occupy 13th with five points to show from their five outings this term.


Match preview

Celta Vigo players celebrate Iago Aspas's late goal against Barcelona on June 27, 2020© Reuters

Celta started their 2020-21 La Liga season with a point at Eibar on September 12 before recording an impressive 2-1 home victory over Valencia one week later to put four points on the board.

Another point arrived away to Real Valladolid on September 27, but Celta have lost their last two in Spain's top flight, suffering a 3-0 defeat at home to Barcelona before going down 2-0 at Osasuna last time out.

A return of five points from five matches represents a solid start to the campaign and as mentioned, Oscar Garcia's side are currently 13th in the division, level on points with Atletico.

The Sky Blues have only just survived in La Liga in each of the last two seasons - finishing 17th on both occasions - and it does appear that they will again be reliant on Iago Aspas for goals this term.

Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez celebrates scoring against Granada on his debut on September 27, 2020© Reuters

Atletico, meanwhile, only started their league season at the end of September due to their involvement in the knockout stages of the 2019-20 Champions League.

Simeone's side opened their campaign with a thumping 6-1 win over Granada at the Wanda Metropolitano, but they have drawn their last two matches, both 0-0, with Huesca and Villarreal.

Atletico will be determined to put three points on the board this weekend and will again be looking to Luis Suarez for goals, with the summer arrival from Barcelona already netting twice for the capital outfit.

The Red and Whites also have the small matter of a trip to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday, which is shaping up to be a fascinating contest at the Allianz Arena.

Atletico will enter Saturday's clash as the favourites, but they have only won one of their last four La Liga games with Celta and have not been victorious in Vigo since October 2017.

Celta Vigo La Liga form: DWDLL

Atletico Madrid La Liga form: WDD


Team News

Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez pictured in August 2020© Reuters

Celta will again be without the services of Sergio Alvarez, Ruben Blanco, Kevin Vazquez and Hugo Mallo through injury, while David Junca is a doubt ahead of the contest.

The absences of Mallo and Vazquez could see Nestor Araujo switch to a right-back spot, while Emre Mor is likely to be handed the number 10 position behind lone forward Aspas.

Fran Beltran is also expected to return in the middle of the park, but Denis Suarez and Nolito should keep their positions for the home side in wide areas.

As for Atletico, Sime Vrsaljko remains on the sidelines with a muscular problem, while the capital side will also be without the services of Jose Gimenez, Saul Niguez and Renan Lodi.

Angel Correa, Yannick Ferreira Carrasco and Joao Felix could feature alongside Luis Suarez in an attacking position, but on-loan Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira is likely to start on the bench.

Kieran Trippier should also be available despite being forced to pull out of the England squad ahead of Wednesday's UEFA Nations League clash with Denmark to attend a personal FA hearing.

Celta Vigo possible starting lineup:
Villar; Araujo, Aidoo, Murillo, Olaza; Tapia, Beltran; Nolito, Mor, Denis Suarez; Aspas

Atletico Madrid possible starting lineup:
Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Hermoso; Correa, Koke, Llorente, Carrasco; Luis Suarez, Felix


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We say: Celta Vigo 0-1 Atletico Madrid

Simeone will be desperate for his side to return to winning ways after back-to-back draws, and we just fancy the visitors to triumph on Saturday afternoon. Celta are certainly capable of causing issues, but Atletico should have enough to record their second league win of the season.


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Who will win Saturday's La Liga clash between Celta Vigo and Atletico Madrid?

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Real Sociedad107212141723
2Atletico MadridAtletico86201821620
3Villarreal105411410419
4Real Madrid95221510517
5CadizCadiz10424811-314
6Granada94231014-414
7Sevilla8413118313
8Athletic Bilbao9405119212
9Valencia103341716112
10ElcheElche833289-112
11Getafe933389-112
12Real Betis104061221-912
13Barcelona8323159611
14Osasuna932489-111
15AlavesAlaves10244912-310
16EibarEibar1024469-310
17Real Valladolid102351015-59
18Levante9144914-57
19Huesca10073816-87
20Celta Vigo10145819-117

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