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Primera División

  • December 18, 2011
  • • 6:00 AM
  • • Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
  • Referee: José Luis González González
  • • Attendance: 35000
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La Liga Preview: Atletico Madrid - Real Betis

La Liga Preview: Atletico Madrid - Real Betis

PROSHOTS

Sunday's early kickoff pits two under-pressure coaches desperately in need of a result against each other, as their teams slide down the standings


PROBABLE LINEUPS


ATLETICO MADRID


Courtois
Perea, Godin, Dominguez, Filipe
Suarez, Gabi
Turan, Diego
, Adrian
Falcao
REAL BETIS

Casto
Chica, Ustaritz, Dorado, Nacho
Pozuelo, Benat
, Iriney, Juanma
Castro, Santa Cruz

Thibaut Courtois and Mario Suarez are set to be restored to the Atletico Madrid starting line-up after they were rested for the Europa League victory over Rennes.

Under-fire coach Gregorio Manzano could also hand a start to Jose Antonio Reyes in attack as he plots his team's recovery on the domestic front after damaging defeats against Espanyol and Albacete last week. Portuguese international Silvio may be fit and could replace Luis Perea at right-back.

Real Betis's second string were embarrassed by Cordoba in the Copa del Rey in midweek and Pepe Mel will revert to the team that beat Valencia last weekend. Ustaritz is likely retain his spot at the center of defense, though, at the expense of the injured Pedro Mario, while Ezequiel could miss out with a back injury.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Atletico Madrid has won four of their last six league encounters with Real Betis.
  • Colombian ace Radamel Falcao (pictured) is the capital club's leading scorer this season with 12 goals.
  • Atletico is yet to lose a game at the Vicente Calderon this season.
  • Under-pressure boss Gregorio Manzano has been in charge of the home side since June of this year.
  • Real Betis's 2-1 win over Valencia last weekend ended a 10-game winless streak.
  • Ruben Castro is the club's top scorer this season with five goals.
  • The King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, is an honorary member of the Andalusian club.
  • Neither of these sides has a positive goal difference, with Atletico on -2 and Betis on -7.

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Available Squads
28Thibaut CourtoisGoalkeeper
20JuanfranDefender
2Diego GodínDefender
15Álvaro DomínguezDefender
-Filipe LuisDefender
14GabiMidfielder
12Paulo AssunçaoMidfielder
10Arda TuranMidfielder
22Diego RibasMidfielder
21AdriánStriker
9Radamel FalcaoStriker
25Sergio AsenjoGoalkeeper
23MirandaDefender
4Mario SuárezMidfielder
5TiagoMidfielder
18Toto SalvioMidfielder
6KokeMidfielder
21ReyesStriker
13CastoGoalkeeper
2IsidoroDefender
4AmayaDefender
5DoradoDefender
23NachoMidfielder
-IrineyMidfielder
7BeñatMidfielder
24PozueloMidfielder
21José CañasStriker
23Jonathan PereiraStriker
24Rubén CastroStriker
-GoitiaGoalkeeper
15UstaritzDefender
-JuanmaMidfielder
39Sergio Midfielder
9Roque Santa CruzStriker
19Jorge MolinaStriker
-Jefferson Antonio MonteroMidfielder

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