Atletico Madrid vs Levante – La Liga
13th January, 16:30 IST
Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid
Atletico Madrid: D W W D D
Levante: D L L D W
Mid-table Levante will face an uphill task as they travel to Madrid to take on Spanish heavyweights Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Sunday’s early kick-off.
Second place Atletico Madrid, who are currently 5 points behind Barcelona in the La Liga table, can not afford to drop any more points if they are to sustain a title challenge. Last time out, Atletico managed to steal a point as they drew 1-1 with Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium on Sunday.
Levante, on the other hand, have made a steady start to the campaign and are currently 10th in the La Liga table. In a major surprise, Levante beat a Messi-less Barcelona 2-1 in the 1st leg of the Copa Del Rey on Thursday night. They will need to put in a similar performance if they are to take anything from their trip to Madrid on Sunday.
Atlético Madrid: Oblak; Juanfran, Savic, Godín, Lucas; Koke, Rodrigo, Thomas, Lemar; Correa, Griezmann.
Levante: Oier; Jason, Cabaco, Róber Pier, Chema, Toño; Campaña, Rochina, Bardhi; Morales, Roger.
Combined XI for the game:
Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak is one of the best shot-stoppers in the world and will be confident of keeping a clean sheet against Levante.
Veteran right-back Juanfran is likely to start for Atletico against Levante and is an excellent cheap option for your side.
Juanfran will be accompanied in defence by Atletico centre-backs Godin and Savic, who are both excellent options for your team.
Alternative: Lucas in place of Godin
Argentine forward Angel Correa offers one of the most secure routes in the Atletico Madrid midfield and is a great fantasy option for your team. French winger Thomas Lemar, who was signed from AS Monaco in the summer, will be looking to get on the scoresheet against 10th place Levante.
Levante wing-backs Tono Garcia and Jason generally operate in very attacking areas and are excellent midfield options for your side.
With 8 goals and 6 assists to his name in La Liga this season, Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann will be Atletico Madrid’s best route to goal against Levante on Saturday.
Levante’s dynamic duo Roger Marti and Jose Morales, who have contributed a combined total of 14 goals in La Liga this season, will be hopeful of breaching a makeshift Atletico Madrid backline.
Captain Pick: Antoine Griezmann
Vice-Captain Pick: Angel Correa (Alternate Pick: Lemar)
Value Pick: Juanfran, Savic
Must Avoid: Diego Costa, Saul (Suspended), Filipe Luis