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November 6, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
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45′ Filipe Luis
 
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Atletico Madrid - Austria Vienna Preview: Rojiblancos on verge of last-16 qualification

Diego Simeone's men can make it four wins out of four on Wednesday and, having only lost once this season, are expected to secure progress to the knockout stages

By James Willoughby

Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa celebrates
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Atletico Madrid can seal a place in the round of 16 with victory over Austria Vienna in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The Liga high-flyers top Group G after winning their opening three matches and will enter the home fixture against their struggling opponents as red-hot favourites.

Atletico have won 11 of their 12 league fixtures this season, helping them to second place in the table, just one point behind Barcelona.

They sit five points ahead of city rivals Real Madrid, largely thanks to the form of forwards Diego Costa and David Villa.

Costa has been outstanding for Diego Simeone's side, scoring 15 goals in as many appearances in all competitions. His latest effort came in Sunday's 2-0 home success against Athletic Bilbao, when Villa also scored to take his tally to seven.

Costa missed the first two matches of this year's group stage due to a suspension incurred in last season's Europa League, but he scored twice in Atletico's 3-0 win at Austria Vienna last month.

The Rojiblancos have never won four consecutive matches in the Champions League and are aiming to qualify for the knock-out rounds of the competition for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign.

Austria Vienna sit at the bottom of Group G with just one point from their three matches and the visitors' league form suggests an upset is highly unlikely.

Although they beat Wiener Neustadt 3-0 on Sunday in the Austrian Bundesliga, they are fifth after a poor run of results.

Head coach Nenad Bjelica - who will serve a touchline ban for the fixture - saw his side win just one of 12 matches before Sunday's triumph.

Their goalless draw against Zenit last month was the first Champions League point won by an Austrian side since 2001 and their inexperience is highlighted by the fact that just two of their players - strikers Tomas Jun and Roman Kienast - have played in Europe's premier club competition before this season.

Bjelica will be without Alexander Grunwald and Alexander Gorgon (both knee) and Marko Stankovic (muscular problem).



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13Thibaut CourtoisGoalkeeper
2Diego GodínDefender
3Filipe LuisDefender
20JuanfranDefender
23MirandaDefender
5TiagoMidfielder
6KokeMidfielder
8Raúl GarcíaMidfielder
14GabiMidfielder
7AdriánStriker
19Diego CostaStriker
1Dani AranzubiaGoalkeeper
12Toby AlderweireldDefender
22Emiliano Insúa Defender
11Cristian RodríguezMidfielder
19GuilavoguiMidfielder
-Oliver TorresMidfielder
9David VillaStriker
13Heinz LindnerGoalkeeper
14Manuel OrtlechnerDefender
-Christian RamsebnerDefender
22Marin LeovacDefender
30Fabian KochMidfielder
8Tomas SimkovicMidfielder
17Florian MaderMidfielder
-Thomas MurgStriker
30James HollandMidfielder
-Daniel RoyerMidfielder
-Roman KienastStriker
1Pascal GrünwaldGoalkeeper
4Kaja RoguljDefender
29Markus SuttnerDefender
27Emir DilaverDefender
29Rubin OkotieStriker
11Tomáš- JunStriker
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Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
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Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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Paris St. Germain (PSG)
10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
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Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
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Atlético Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
6 2