Atletico Madrid vs Malaga CF : Match Preview

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The brand new Wanda Metropolitano stadium hosts its very first La Liga match against Andalusian side Malaga on Saturday.

Los Rojiblancos have played their first three La Liga encounters of the season on the road to allow the ground to be finished, and now Diego Simeone’s men will be hoping to inaugurate their new home with a win. Los Rojiblancos face a usually tricky outfit, although Malaga have failed to register a win in the Spanish top flight this season.

Match Details :-

Date :- Saturday, September 16 // Sunday, September 17 ( in India, China, Japan, Indonesia and Australia )
Time :- 18:45 ( GMT ) // 19:45 ( CET ) // 14:45 ( ET ) // 00:15 ( IST )
Venue :- Estadio Wanda Metropolitano
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Match Preview :-

Atlético de Madrid :- Atleti’s move to a stadium well away from their roots in Southern Madrid to the outskirts of the Spanish capital has attracted criticism and they may struggle to make it a fortress in the same way the Vicente Calderon was for them. This is a nice game to have first up though and they’ve improved since a shaky opening day display at Girona. After two successive 0-0 draws on the bounce, Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone will be keen to ensure his side’s energy levels are high and that their recent failure to hit the back of the net does not become a long-term problem. Tuesday night saw Atleti begin their Champions League campaign with a 0-0 draw at Roma, although the scoreline does not reflect how well the visitors played as the Spanish capital side created plenty of chances at the Stadio Olimpico but lacked a cutting edge, something they will be hoping to rectify on Saturday.

With talisman Antoine Griezmann returning to the side after his two-game domestic ban following a red card against Girona, the goal drought should end on Saturday. They should be able to fashion numerous openings against the side from Andalusia who have won just two of their last 23 away matches in La Liga, and whose last six visits to the red and white half of the Spanish capital have yielded five defeats and one draw.

Malaga CF :- Only losses since the beginning of the season for Malaga. Without points, they are sitting at the bottom of the table, only Deportivo Alaves being below them. In the previous round they managed to score their first goal. They hosted Las Palmas and were defeated with a score of 1 – 3. Gonzalez scored the one goal for Malaga, that at least reduced the goal difference.

Team News :-

Atlético de Madrid :-After featuring for Atletico in midweek in the Champions League, Griezmann will return to domestic duties after completing his two-match ban. Right-back Sime Vrsaljko sustained a foot injury recently.

Malaga CF :- Recio is a minor doubt with a hamstring problem while Diego Rolan isn’t fit enough to start yet. Malaga are likely to go 3-5-2 with Federico Ricca and Roberto Rosales as wing-backs. Watford loanee Adalberto Peñaranda is still out with a broken foot.

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Likely Line-ups :-

Atlético de Madrid :- Oblak; Juanfran, Savic, Godin, Luis; Koke, Saul, Thomas, Carrasco; Griezmann, Correa.
Malaga CF :- Roberto; Rosales, Hernandez, Baysse, Diego, Ricca; Kusmanovic, Rolon, Recio; Mula, Borja.