Atletico Madrid will be aiming for their first win in four games when they play host to Athletic Bilbao in La Liga at Wanda Metropolitano, on Saturday night.
The season which started on a positive note could soon tread on the familiar territories for Atletico if the recent slump is not checked. What is more frightening for Diego Simeone is the lack of goals in his team of late. Diego Costa is off-color, while Alvaro Morata has been too inconsistent for this level.
Atletico have drawn the last three games and now sit outside top-four heading into this match. Had Atletic been more clinical in front of the goals, they would have been sitting at the top considering both Barcelona and Real Madrid have endured through the season till now.
That said, Atletico could move to 3rd on the table with a win over Athletic Bilbao.
The visitors, meanwhile, are in the same boat. For they have also failed to capitalize on a good start to the season. Two defeats and one draw – that's how Bilbao have performed in the last three La Liga games.
The La Liga match will be played between Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, in Madrid, Spain. The ground has a capacity of 68,456.
The game will start at 12:30 AM (IST), on Sunday, October 27.
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ATL vs ATH Dream11 Team News:
Joao Felix is set to spend time on the sideline after suffering a grade two sprain to a right ankle ligament against Valencia. He will be a big miss for the Rojiblancos considering his recent form.
Center-back duo Sime Vrsaljko and Stefan Savic are both unavailable due to injury problems, while Jose Jimenez, who limped out of Atletico's 1-0 Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen in the midweek has also failed to make the cut for this match.
With Jimenez out of this game, Simeone will start with Mario Hermoso and Felipe at the back, with Trippier and Lodi out on the flanks.
Felix's absence should allow both Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata spots in the playing 11.
Atletico Madrid squad for this match:
Goalkeeper: Adan, Oblak
Defenders: Arias, Lodi, Tripper, Hermoso, Felipe
Midfielders: Niguez, Koke, Lemar, Partey, Vitolo, Llorente, Hector
Attackers: Morata, Correa, Costa, Riquelme
Athletic will go into this match without striker Gorka Guruzeta. The 23-year-old is the only absentee from Athletic Bilbao's squad for this match.
Simon, Herrerin, Nunez, Martinez, Yeray, San Jose, Unai Lopez, Williams, Munian, Cordoba, Gaizka Larrazabal, Dani Garcia, Lekue, Yuri, Ibai, Aduriz, Capa, Raul Garcia
Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Likely playing 11:
Atletico Madrid: Oblak (GK), Lodi, Hermoso, Felipe, Trippier, Lemar, Partey, Niguez, Koke, Costa, Morata
Athletic Bilbao: Simon (GK), Capa, Martinez, Alvarez, Yuri, Garcia, Etxebarria, Marcos, Garcia, Muniain, Williams
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ATL vs ATH Dream11 teams: