While the La Liga title race likely died with a meek loss at the Camp Nou last weekend (and a poor decision on an Atletico goal), Los Colchoneros need to make sure they finish second as best they can. With an inconsistent Celta side coming to town, can they do so?
Atletico are more or less injury-free, with only Stefan Savic missing out. We expect to see a return for both David Godin and Jan Oblak in the defence, with Jose Gimenez likely to continue in the middle of the defence with Godin.
Full-back Sime Vrsaljko will likely come back in, too. In the middle, we expect to see Gabi and Vitolo get starts, with Vitolo trying to find form following a slow start to his Atletico career. Up top, we expect to see Diego Costa and Griezmann continue their rebirth, as Atletico look to keep their 15-match home unbeaten run alive.
The exceptional form of strike duo Maxi Gomez and Iago Aspas has been hugely impressive. While fellow star turn Daniel Wass is likely to miss out, both forwards will be heading to the Wanda in goalscoring form and full of belief that they can get a result here.
With Emre Mor back in form after a belated start to his Celta career, we expect to see Nemanja Radoja move into the middle to offer some much-needed solidity in the middle of the part. Changes will likely be run, but in Aspas and Gomez they have a chance.
We think that Atletico, fresh from a big win in midweek in Europe, will come into this one flying. The loss to Barcelona might have killed the La Liga dream, but they’ve got enough professionalism and consistency to perform this weekend in a tight, tough encounter.