Atletico Madrid predicted lineup vs Athletic Club, Preview, Latest Team News, Prediction and Live Stream, La Liga 2020/21 Round 18

Diego Simeone’s Atleti team take on Athletic club in the La Liga, and Alley Sport brings you the Atletico Madrid predicted lineup vs Athletic club, preview, latest team news, prediction and live stream. Los Rojiblancos are on top of the La Liga table, 2 points ahead of cross-town rivals Real Madrid and have 2 games in hand as well. Winning those two games could put Atletico a possible 8 points ahead on top of the league.

Luis Suarez (center), has scored 9 goals and set up 2 more in the La Liga this season | Source: Eurosport, Atletico Madrid predicted lineup vs Athletic club
Luis Suarez (center), has scored 9 goals and set up 2 more in the La Liga this season | Source: Eurosport, Atletico Madrid predicted lineup vs Athletic club

Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Club, Match preview

Los Rojiblancos sit at the top of the league and are optimistic about their chances of winning a La Liga title, after last lifting the Spainish crown in 2013/14. Diego Simeone’s men are in great form, winning all of their last 5 matches. Their last defeat came in the Madrid derby against Real at the Santiago Bernabeu. Atletico beat Deportivo Alaves in a thrilling 1-2 game last week.

Marcos Llorente scored off a deflection from Alaves player Laguardia, to give Atleti the lead. Brazilian center-back Felipe suffered the ignominy of conceding an own goal, after he put the ball into his own net to equalize for the hosts. Luis Suarez, who assisted Atletico’s opener, tapped in the winner after a mazy run from wonder-kid Joao Felix.

The win puts Atletico 2 points on top of the league and they still have 2 more games in hand. Their opponents Athletic club recovered from a disheartening defeat to Real Sociedad, by beating Elche 1-0 at home. A goal from Iker Muniain gave the Basque club all 3 points. Gaizka Garitano’s men are currently 9th in the table and would hope to move up in the coming weeks, although Atletico Madrid will be a major obstacle in their way. The match will take place on 9 January at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

Atletico Madrid were lackluster, but still managed to win the game against Alaves | Source: DNA India, Atletico Madrid predicted lineup vs Alaves
Atletico Madrid were lackluster, but still managed to win the game against Alaves | Source: DNA India, Atletico Madrid predicted lineup vs Alaves

Atletico Madrid predicted lineup vs Athletic Club: Latest team news

Atletico Madrid shouldn’t have any injury concerns going in to this match, barring the absence of Mexican midfielder Hector Herrera, who is expected to sit out with a thigh injury. Simeone will be without right-back Kieran Trippier, who is awaiting FIFA’s decision on his 10-week ban from football, after being found to have breached betting rules. Los Rojiblancos will be playing against UE Cornella in the Copa del Rey 3 days prior to the Athletic club match.

Athletic club will have few injuries to deal with. Peru Nolaskoain, who last played a competitive fixture on July 18 2020 for Deportivo La Coruna, is not expected to feature for the Basque club against Atletico. Midfielder Unai Lopez and center-back Yeray Alvarez are also set to miss this game due to injury. Here’s our Atletico Madrid predicted lineup vs Athletic Club:

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English right-back Kieran Trippier was banned for 10 weeks after violating betting rules | Source: Getty Images, Atletico Madrid predicted lineup vs Athletic club
English right-back Kieran Trippier was banned for 10 weeks and fined 70,000 Euros after violating betting rules | Source: Getty Images, Atletico Madrid predicted lineup vs Athletic club

Atletico Madrid predicted lineup vs Athletic club

Simeone has shifted between a 3-4-1-2 and his favoured 4-4-2 approach. With Atletico setting up in two flanks of four in important games, we expect them to continue with this system against Athletic club. Felipe and Savic are expected to continue their partnership in central defence, with Mario Hermoso and Sime Vrsaljko offering width as full-backs. Luis Suarez can play alongside Joao Felix up top with captain Koke and Marcos Llorente in the middle of the park.

Formation: 4-4-2

GK: Jan Oblak

LB: Mario Hermoso

CB: Felipe

CB: Stefan Savic

RB: Sime Vrsaljko

LM: Yannick Carrasco

CM: Marcos Llorente

CM: Koke (c)

RM: Thomas Lemar

CF: Joao Felix

CF: Luis Suarez

Joao Felix has put the ghosts of last season behind him, having 8 g/a from 14 league appearances this season | Source: Getty Images, Atletico Madrid predicted lineup vs Athletic club
Joao Felix has put the ghosts of last season behind him, having 8 g/a from 14 league appearances this season | Source: Getty Images, Atletico Madrid predicted lineup vs Athletic club

Atletico Madrid predicted lineup vs Athletic Club: Score prediction

Atleti haven’t lost at home to Athletic Bilbao since 2011 and we expect this trend to not be broken next week. Los Rojiblancos are in fine form and we expect them to pick all 3 points against Athletic club at the Wanda Metropolitano. We predict a 2-0 win for the hosts.

Atletico Madrid vs Athletic club, Live Stream

Fans of La Liga across the world can watch this game live, in the LaLiga Facebook page from 2045 IST or 1515 GMT.

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