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Huesca v Atletico Madrid: Match Preview, Team News, Predicted XI | LaLiga 2018-19

Varun Nair
ANALYST
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280   //    19 Jan 2019, 18:36 IST

Can they overcome an injury crisis and cut short the gap to the league leaders?
Can they overcome an injury crisis and cut short the gap to the league leaders?

After the weekend shock exit in the Copa del Ray round of 16 match against Girona on away goals, Atletico Madrid travel to Huesca to face the bottom of the league SD Huesca at the Estadio El Alcoraz.

The newly-promoted side has struggled in the premier division of Spanish football and has just managed to get 11 points from their opening 19 matches. The side from Huesca has won just 1 of their last 9 matches at home and have scored the least number of goals in the league. The relegation-threatened side is 10 points of safety and will need to get some points if they are to stay in the league.

Los Colchoneros are in an injury crisis with only 13 first team available for selection for Diego Simeone with two of them being goalkeepers. A win for Atletico Madrid will see them reducing the gap to the top of the table just 2 points

The last encounter between the sides ended with Atletico winning 3-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Here is the team news and the predicted XI


Team News

Huesca

The host will be without the services of defenders Luisinho and Rajko Brezancic who are out with injury while the rest of the squad are fit and available.

Atletico Madrid

Diego Simeone has an injury crisis to deal with
Diego Simeone has an injury crisis to deal with

The visitors are in an injury crisis with only 13 first team players available after Saul Niguez and Vitolo coming off injured.

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Diego Costa, Felipe Luis, Stefan Savic, Nikola Kalinic and Gelson Martins are all on the injury table which has prompted Simeone to call several players from the club's academy.


Probable Line-ups

Huesca(4-2-3-1): Santamaria; Akapo, Insua, Pulido, Miramon; Rivera, Musto; Melero, Gomez, Ferreiro; Hernandez

Atletico Madrid(4-4-2): Oblak; Arias, Giménez, Godín, Lucas; Thomas P, Rodri, Koke, Lemar; Griezmann, Correa.


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