Initially scheduled for early January, Atletico Madrid will finally get the chance to avenge their 2-2 draw with Levante earlier in the season when the two meet again on Wednesday.
Diego Simeone’s men arrive to this one having lost centre-back Felipe to a red card during their recent 4-3 win over Getafe, while Yannick Carrasco has tested positive for Covid-19 and could be forced to miss this one too.
Here’s how the boss could set up.
Oblak needs to sort himself out / Denis Doyle/GettyImages
Jan Oblak (GK) – Whoever this is cosplaying as Oblak needs to figure out how to save shots soon. His dip in form has been one of the biggest surprises of the season.
Marcos Llorente (RB) – With Daniel Wass out injured, Llorente will likely start at right-back.
Stefan Savic (CB) – Jose Gimenez has Covid-19 and Felipe is suspended, so Simeone’s hands are tied at centre-back.
Mario Hermoso (CB) – The only other available option, Hermoso bagged the late winner against Getafe and may well have started this one anyway.
Reinildo (LB) – January signing Reinildo has been ahead of Renan Lodi in the pecking order since his arrival and that’s unlikely to change here.
Expect De Paul to start / Eric Alonso/GettyImages
Angel Correa (RM) – Netted twice against Getafe to pull clear at the top of the club’s scoring charts.
Koke (CM) – Club captain Koke is a permanent starter. This one’s a no-brainer.
Rodrigo de Paul (CM) – With Levante likely to sit deep, Atletico may need De Paul’s creativity to find a way through.
Thomas Lemar (LM) – Carrasco’s likely absence means there is no competition for Lemar out on the left.
Suarez is an obvious starter / Soccrates Images/GettyImages
Luis Suarez (ST) – Could do with a rest as Manchester United are on the agenda in a week, but that’s unlikely to come here.
Matheus Cunha (ST) – Simeone’s public war of words with Joao Felix has got the transfer rumour mill turning. Meanwhile, Cunha is in impressive form and deserves a start.
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