Match Preview: Las Palmas vs Atlético Madrid
Las Palmas host Atletico Madrid at the Gran Canaria keen to repeat the exploits of the 2016-17 La Liga campaign. Atletico Madrid had a poor start to the season after drawing 2-2 against newly promoted Girona. Yet, manager Diego Simeone will be relatively satisfied with the result after having achieved a comeback point. Based on the pre-season, Las Palmas had seemed to be in a rather good shape, but they failed to get off to a good start of the season.
Match Details :-
Date :- Saturday, 26th August // Sunday, 27th August in India, China, Japan, Indonesia and Australia.
Time :- 21:15 ( GMT ) // 22:15 ( CET ) // 17:15 ( ET ) // 02:45 ( IST )
Venue :- Estadio de Gran Canaria.
Match Preview :-
UD Las Palmas : Last season, Las Palmas were a surprise package and the team managed to finish in the 14th place and a lot of it’s credit is owed by Kevin Prince-Boateng, whose goals helped the Yellows really compete in La Liga last season. Kevin Prince-Boateng departed the Canaries in the week leading up to the season and Las Palmas now need to find a way to replace him. Life without Kevin Prince-Boateng has been difficult so far for Palmas, who suffered a 1-0 loss against Valencia in the opening match of 2017-18 La Liga season.
Las Palmas, who hired a new manager in the form of Manolo Márquez, are generally an attacking side and will look to exploit those surprising frailties. Although the very positive Quique Setien has gone, they still have plenty of creative players that like to get forward and they should be a good watch again this term. Certainly there’s enough talent in their ranks to suggest they can cause Atleti a few problems.
— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) 26 August 2017
Atlético de Madrid : Atlético Madrid had a dismal start to this season as they left themselves with a mountain to climb against newly promoted Girona after Christian Stuani netted twice inside half an hour. However, despite losing star man Antoine Griezmann through a second yellow card, Atletico clawed themselves back to 2-2.
Certainly last weekend we didn’t see anything like the usual defensive organisation and quality that we’ve come to expect from Diego Simeone’s Atleti. However even without Griezmann and Gameiro, the visitors have some decent attacking options. Angel Correa scored a cracking goal in Girona and Fernando Torres may just enjoy the rare responsibility of being the main man in their attack here.
Team News :-
UD Las Palmas : Alen Halilovic is suspended having seen red on the opening day. Las Palmas have announced that Vitolo will not play against the club he will join in January and that will provide Sergio Araujo an opportunity to prove his worth. Las Palmas will also be without Vicente Gomez, but Hernan Santana will return to the starting line-up.
Atlético de Madrid : Diego Godin is all set to return from suspension. Filipe Luis is still a doubt though so Lucas Hernandez should continue at left-back. Antoine Griezmann is suspended and Kevin Gameiro is likely to miss out through injury so Luciano Vietto and Angel Correa come into contention up top.
Likely Line-ups :-
UD Las Palmas :- Chichizola; Simon, Ximo, Bigas, Castellano; Tana, Fabio, Hernan, Viera, Araujo; Calleri
Atlético de Madrid :- Oblak; Juanfran, Savic, Godin, Lucas Hernandez; Koke, Saul, Gabi, Carrasco; Correa, Torres.