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Reus Deportiu vs. Atletico Madrid: Team News, Predicted Lineups, Stream, TV Info

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistNovember 30, 2015

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 21:  Saul Niguez (2ndR) celebrates scoring their opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Astana at Vicente Calderon stadium on October 21, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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"Reus heading to Atletico Madrid" is probably not a headline most people would expect, but in this case, it's Catalan-based Reus Deportiu rather than Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus.

The third-tier side are preparing to host Atletico in the Copa del Rey first leg this week before making the trip to the Vicente Calderon in mid-December for the return game.

Both teams are in form and challenging at the top of their respective leagues, though most people would expect the Champions League finalists from 2014 to emerge triumphant over the two legs.

The Copa doesn't always work that way, however, and Reus' players should have no shortage of confidence after results this season.

Rules dictate that a certain number of senior players have to partake in the game, but Atleti boss Diego Simeone will likely move his team around somewhat to give those with fewer minutes some much-needed game time.

The manager was at pains to point out the local aspect of the team in Liga play, something which will potentially be replicated in the cup.

Per FourFourTwo, Simeone said:

The competition gives everyone a chance to play and that's good for everyone and for the team. 

We re-armed the team [against Espanyol] with Saul, Oliver and Koke – three lads from our youth academy. 

Saul should play there [in Tiago's role]. He knows the zone, and we have [Matias] Kranevitter arriving soon to cover that position.

The only two players listed in Atleti's senior squad who have not yet seen competitive action this season are goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya and defender Lucas Hernandez.

Speaking in preparation for the cup match, Simeone intimated his team would remain as concentrated and humble as always and look to turn in the same sort of performance reserved for any other opposition.

. @Simeone, about the King's Cup match against @cfreusdeportiu: "We'll face with humility and respect." #GoAtleti pic.twitter.com/ZED70Pr0p9

— Atleti English (@atletienglish) November 30, 2015

Date: Tuesday, December 1

Time: 7:00 p.m. GMT/2:00 p.m. ET

Venue: Estadio Camp Nou Municipal, Reus 

TV Info: BeIN Sports en Español (USA)

Live Stream: LaLigaTVLaCopa (UK), BeIN Sports CONNECT (USA)

The Teams

Reus Deportiu currently sit top of the table in one of Spain's third tiers, La Segunda B Group III. To be promoted to La Segunda for next season, they need to finish in the top four to reach the play-offs, where (depending on their position) they will compete against similar sides from the other three Segunda B divisions for one of four places in the second tier.

Based in Catalonia, Reus have lost only once in league play this season after 15 games and finished third last term, losing out to Racing Ferrol in the play-off quarter-finals.

Their highest-profile player is probably Portuguese midfielder Vitor Silva, who played several seasons with Pacos de Ferreira before moving to Sporting CP in 2013.

Francisco Seco/Associated Press

Atletico are somewhat more renowned, but they are still a little ignored by the world media in favour of the "big two" in Spain, Barcelona and Real Madrid, even though the Vicente Calderon side currently sit in the middle of the two in La Liga.

Second place, four points off top spot and on a three-match win streak, Atleti are well placed to mount another title charge in the second half of the season.

The Copa del Rey will be third on their list of priorities, but Simeone will think they have the squad to give certain players game time and still remain competitive.

Team News

FourFourTwo report Curro Torres and Nacho Gil as possible returning options to the Reus XI, but Miguel Marin has a broken leg.

The same injury has befallen Atletico central midfielder Tiago, who had pins inserted at the weekend after suffering the break against Espanyol. Jackson Martinez is also still out injured, but although Gabi returns from his suspension in La Liga, he has not been named in the squad.

Tiago has left the clinic. Our number '5’ has asked us to thank you for the spectacular support of these days. Thank you! #ÁnimoTiago

— Atleti English (@atletienglish) November 30, 2015

Simeone has mixed his seniors with a few names from the B team, including defender Borja Gonzalez, midfielder Samuel Villa and forward Roberto Nunez.

Squad list (1/2): Moyá, Oblak, Siqueira, Savic, Lucas, Gámez, Giménez, Borja, Koke, Saúl... #ReusAtleti #GoAtleti

— Atleti English (@atletienglish) November 30, 2015

Squad list (2/2): Thomas, Óliver, Villa, Correa, Vietto and Rober #ReusAtleti #GoAtleti

— Atleti English (@atletienglish) November 30, 2015

Possible Lineups

Reus (4-2-3-1): Edgar Badia; Alberto Benito, Jesus Olmo, Ismael Moyano, Angel Martinez; Alex Colorado, Ramon Folch; Vitor Silva, Oscar Rico, David Haro; Edgar Hernandez.

Atletico (4-4-2): Miguel Angel Moya; Jesus Gamez, Stefan Savic, Josema Gimenez, Guilherme Siqueira; Saul Niguez, Thomas Partey, Oliver Torres, Koke; Angel Correa, Luciano Vietto.

Player to Watch: Thomas Partey (ATM)

Paul White/Associated Press

Having finally made his first appearance of the season at the weekendcoming on as a substitute in midfield with the likes of Tiago and Gabi both momentarily absentThomas must be confident of getting a chance in the Copa.

A powerful midfielder who has a good range of skills, Thomas played on loan at Almeria last season, initially as a holding player in the centre and then toward the end of the campaign as a rampaging, all-action box-to-box option. It is in this latter role where he excels more, with good acceleration and an eye to get shots away helping him make use of space late on in matches.

Naturally, he has intense competition in the squad to find a place even on the bench on a regular basis, so opportunities such as this one in the Copa del Rey are chances he must take with aggression, intelligence and end product.

He has only made the bench three times for Atleti this season, so any game time at all for the 22-year-old has to be seen as a potential inroad to becoming a first-team regular.

Thomas scored four goals in 31 for Almeria last season while on loan.

Prediction: Reus 0-2 Atleti

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