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Match Preview: Atletico Madrid vs Celta Vigo

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Atletico Madrid will welcome Celta Vigo to the Wanda Metropolitano stadium tomorrow afternoon at 18:30 (CET) in the fifth round of Spanish La Liga.

Diego Simeone’s boys will be looking to return to the winning ways when they host Celta Vigo this weekend, after failing to win their last two games across all competitions.

The Colchoneros first suffered their first La Liga defeat of the season at Real Sociedad, but then returned from 2-0 down against Juventus, to save a point through Hector Herera in the dying moments of the UEFA Champions League opener.

Celta will travel to the Spanish capital, sitting in 16th place on the table with only one win in the 2019-20 campaign.

However, they had a good start of the season, winning four points against Real Madrid, Valencia and Sevilla, but their 2-0 home defeat to Granada came as a shock for the Sky Blues last weekend.

Team news

Thomas Partey returned to Diego Simeone’s squad for the Champions League encounter against Juventus and should be ready to face Celta Vigo this weekend.

Atletico will still miss Spanish striker Alvaro Morata and Croatian full-back Sime Vrsaljko, both of them out with knee injuries.

Barcelona loanee Rafinha Alcantara and David Costas are sidelined through injuries for the visitors, while Francisco Beltran and Jorge Saenz are suspended, after both seeing red during the 2-0 defeat to Granada in their last outing.

Keep an eye on Denis Suarez, Iago Aspas and Santi Mina, all of them really dangerous players and good enough to hurt any opponent they face in the Spanish Championship.


Atletico Madrid have lost just once in their last 22 home fixtures, scoring in all games and keeping 14 clean sheets.

Celta Vigo have suffered more defeats against Atletico Madrid than any other side in La Liga – 62, level with Real Madrid.

Their last away win against the Colchoneros came in the Copa del Rey in 2016 – a 3-2 win thanks to Pablo Hernandez’s brace.

Since then, Atletico won four home games in a row against the Sky Blues, conceding only on one occasion.

Celta Vigo has failed to register an away victory in the calendar 2019 year – their last win on the road came at Villarreal in December last year.

They’ve played 13 away games in La Liga since then, winning only five points in the process. (5D and 8L)

Atletico Madrid, along with Barcelona, was the best home side in the 2018-19 campaign. The Colchoneros won 48 from 57 available points at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, noting 15 wins, three draws and one defeat.