Jan 26, 2014 at 6pm UK at ​Estadio Teresa Rivero
Rayo Vallecano
2-4
AtleticoAtletico Madrid
Viera (40'), Larrivey (77')
Baena (26'), Niguez (63')
FT(HT: 1-3)
Villa (8'), Turan (30', 44'), Niguez (74' og.)
Manquillo (54')

Preview: Rayo Vallecano vs. Atletico Madrid

Preview: Rayo Vallecano vs. Atletico Madrid
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Sports Mole previews Atletico Madrid's trip to Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.

Atletico Madrid will extend their unbeaten run to 12 matches if they avoid defeat at Rayo Vallecano on Sunday evening.

Los Rojiblancos missed the opportunity to go top of La Liga last weekend when they could only muster a draw at home against Sevilla, which means that they sit second on goal difference behind Barcelona.

Vallecano remain in the relegation zone after their 2-0 defeat at Elche last week, which was their fourth defeat in their last six outings.

The visitors come into the match off the back of their narrow success over Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final on Thursday.

Vallecano midfielder Raul Baena will miss out following his red card against Elche, while Adrian will also be absent as he serves a one-match suspension.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone will be without the injured Mario Suarez, while fellow midfielder Tiago is a doubt due to a knock. David Villa could return to the starting XI after being named among the substitutes in the Copa del Rey.

Recent form

Vallecano: DLLLWL

Atletico: WWWWDD

Possible starting lineups

Vallecano: Ramiro; Tito, Castro, Rodri, Nacho; Niguez, Trashorras; Lass, Bueno, Viera; Castillo

Atletico: Courtois; Manquillo, Miranda, Godin, Luis; Koke, Tiago, Gabi, Turan; Costa, Villa

Sports Mole says: 0-2

Atletico boss Diego Simeone on the touchline against Rayo on August 25, 2013
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