Las Palmas vs. Atletico Madrid: Team News, Predicted Lineups, Stream and TV Info

Mark Jones@@Mark_Jones86Featured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2016

Atletico Madrid's Argentinian forward Luciano Vietto celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) football match CF Reus Deportiu vs Club Atletico de Madrid at the Estadi Municipal de Reus in Reus on December 1, 2015. / AFP / LLUIS GENE        (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)
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They remain one of the most in-form sides in European football, with a run of just one defeat in 21 matches in all competitions seeing Atletico Madrid reach the top of the La Liga table, as well as making progress in both the Champions League and Copa del Rey.

VALENCIA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 21:  Las Palmas manager Quique Setien looks on prior to the La Liga match between Valencia CF and UD Las Palmas at Estadi de Mestalla on November 21, 2015 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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Diego Simeone’s side have been at their solid and brutal best in the last three league games, beating Rayo Vallecano, Levante and Celta Vigo all without conceding a goal to ensure that they bounce into Sunday evening’s clash at Las Palmas in high spirits.

The injury-hit hosts lie just above the relegation zone, but they are unbeaten in five, also reaching the last eight of the Copa del Rey in midweek.

Promoted last season, Quique Setien’s side have improved their home form of late, but Simeone and his visitors will fully expect to take another three points back from the Canary Islands.


Date: Sunday, January 17

Time: 5:15 p.m. GMT / 12:15 p.m. ET

Venue: Estadio Gran Cranaria, Las Palmas

TV Info: Sky Sports 4

Live Stream: Sky Sports


Last 6 Results

Las Palmas

BILBAO, SPAIN - JANUARY 03:  Sergio Araujo of UD Las Plamas reacts during the La Liga match between Athletic Club and UD Las Plamas at San Mames Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Bilbao, Spain.  (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)
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Lost 1-0 vs. Espanyol (Away)

Won 4-1 vs. Granada (Home)

Drew 2-2 vs. Athletic Bilbao (Away)

Won 3-2 vs. Eibar (Away)

Drew 1-1 vs. Malaga (Home)

Won 3-2 vs. Eibar (Home)


Atletico Madrid

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 14:  Angel Martin Correa (2ndL) of Atletico de Madrid celebrates scoring their opening goal with teammates Jesus Gamez (L) and Matias Kranevitter (R) during the Copa del Rey Round of 16 second leg match between Club Atletico Madrid
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Lost 1-0 vs. Malaga (Away)

Won 2-0 vs. Rayo Vallecano (Away)

Won 1-0 vs. Levante (Home)

Drew 1-1 vs. Rayo Vallecano (Away)

Won 2-0 vs. Celta Vigo (Away)

Won 3-0 vs. Rayo Vallecano (Home)


Team News

Las Palmas

Like most La Liga clubs, Las Palmas have made changes for their Copa del Rey matches this season, and their lineup is likely to bear more similarities to the side that drew 1-1 at home to Malaga last weekend rather than the one that beat Eibar 3-2 in midweek.

Felix Asdrubal, Javi Castellano, Hernan, Angel Lopez and Pedro Bigas are all still out injured, while Jonathan Viera, Sergio Araujo and Tana—who have scored 10 goals between them this season—are set to be reunited in attack, with the former Liverpool winger Nabil El Zhar reprising his role on the right hand side.

Possible XI: Javi Varas, David Simon, Artiles, David Garca, Garrido, Gomez, Mesa, Jonathan Viera, Tana, El Zhar, Araujo.


Atletico Madrid

Changes were made for the Copa del Rey victory over Rayo Vallecano—the third time that Atletico had played them in as many weeks—on Thursday night, and Diego Simeone is, like his weekend counterpart, likely to revert to more of a “La Liga” side here.

The big question mark centres on whether Jackson Martinez will start following another underwhelming display in midweek, with both Luciano Vietto and Angel Correa offering more compelling reasons for inclusion.

New signing Augusto Fernandez is set for his third start for the club as Simeone reverts to the midfield that played at Celta.

Possible XI: Oblak, Juanfran, Godin, Gimenez, Filipe Luis, Gabi, Fernandez, Saul, Koke, Griezmann, Vietto.


Key Players

Las Palmas: Nabil El Zhar

GIJON, SPAIN - DECEMBER 06:  Nabil El Zhar  of UD Las Plamas celebrates after scoring goal during the La Liga match between Real Sporting de Gijon and UD Las Plamas at Estadio El Molinon on December 6, 2015 in Gijon, Spain.  (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano
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Creating chances against this rugged Atletico defence is always a tough proposition, and the challenge of doing that for Las Palmas is likely to fall on the shoulders of the Moroccan winger El Zhar, who will look to stay wide and provide service for Viera, Sergio Araujo and Tana.

Occupying Filipe Luis will also be a key part of his job, and if he can stop the Brazilian getting forward and keep him on the backfoot then he will certainly be doing his job well.


Atletico Madrid: Antoine Griezmann

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 14:  Antoine Griezmann (R) of Atletico de Madrid competes for the ball with goalkeeper Yoel Rodriguez (L) of Rayo Vallecano de Madrid to score during the Copa del Rey Round of 16 second leg match between Club Atletico Madrid and Ra
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In case anyone needed a reminder of Antoine Griezmann’s importance to Atletico Madrid, it came when he climbed off the bench in midweek and scored twice against Rayo Vallecano to secure Copa del Rey progress.

Simeone has noticeably been treating his star French forward with kid gloves as he bids to preserve his fitness for the business end of the season, but he’ll be back in the starting XI here, and this is the type of match in which he has proven crucial several times this season already.


Odds (via Odds Shark)

Las Palmas—28/5

Atletico Madrid—3/5