Since in January 2009 he lost to Valencia at Mestalla (3-1), no suffers Atlético de Madrid a defeat in his first game of the year in the league. Since then, the rojiblanco team has achieved seven victories and four draws in the opening match of the new year and this Sunday Alavés will be in charge of testing the reliability of Diego Pablo Simeone’s team, who have only suffered one defeat in the championship , in front of eternal rival. After falling to Real Madrid in Valdebebas, Atlético aspires to its fourth consecutive victory, after having achieved six goals in the last three league games and conceded only one: 3-1 against Elche, 0-2 against Real Sociedad and 1 -0 to Getafe.
Although Atlético does not fail and has won four of its last five away games in the League, Alavés is presented a priori as a rival uncomfortable in Mendizorroza, where despite not having the support of his fans he has only lost one of his last seven home games, when he was surprised by Elche last October. In addition, Alavés hope to find an ally on the pitch, after the heavy snowfall on Vitoria. The blue and white team had to train this Saturday at the Salburua facilities to prepare a clash in which they will try to compensate for the disappointment suffered on the last day against Osasuna at El Sadar, where only one point added a point (1-1) despite playing for 80 minutes with numerical superiority.
Atlético, however, is going through a big moment, with the undisputed favorite vitola to defend his leadership, clinging to his defensive strength and the goals of Luis Suárez, who this Sunday, as rehearsed by Simeone, could have Correa as his attacking partner, with which Joao Félix would stay on the bench. Now without Diego Costa in the squad, the Argentine coach did not rule out this Saturday the signing of a forward in this winter market. «We will assess whether we bring someone or not. The sports management is working and assessing whether or not it is necessary for someone to come, ”said Simeone. Who will surely miss in the eleven visitor is Savic, being sanctioned, while in Alavés the great novelty will be the return of Battaglia after serving punishment against Osasuna, although Pablo Machín loses Tomás Pina due to accumulation of warnings.
Pacheco, Ximo, Laguardia, Lejeune, Duarte, Edgar, Jota, Manu García, Luis Rioja, Deyverson and Joselu.
- atletico madrid
Oblak, Vrsaljko, Felipe, Giménez, Hermoso, Carrasco, Llorente, Koke, Lemar, Correa or Joao Félix and Luis Suárez.
Martínez Munuera (Valencian).
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Stadium and schedule: Mendizorroza. 16:15 h. (Movistar LaLiga).