Levante - Atletico Madrid Preview: Los Colchoneros aim to extend winning run to four matches
Buoyed by their progress to the last four of the Europa League, Diego Simeone's side travel to Valencia in search of their first Liga away win in six outings
By Karthick Arvinth
Venta, Ballesteros, Cabral, Juanfran
Valdo, Ghezzal, Barkero
Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe
Salvio, Diego, Turan
Levante will be without Asier del Horno for the visit of Atletico Madrid on Sunday after the defender injured his hamstring in training, ruling him out of action for up to three weeks.
Midfielder Pedro Botelho could also miss out, having sat out training on Friday due to tonsilitis.
Diego Simeone could choose to rest some of his players who were involved in the 2-1 Europa League victory at Hannover on Thursday.
Defenders Antonio Lopez and Silvio are still unavailable through injury, while midfielder Koke is suspended.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Fifth-placed Levante have won just four of their last 15 matches in La Liga.
- The Granotas have won just one of their last eight encounters against Atletico (D1, L6).
- Levante have triumphed in just two of their last seven Liga games at the Ciutat de Valencia.
- Atletico Madrid have won seven of their last nine matches in all competitions.
- However, Los Colchoneros are on a five-game winless streak away from home in La Liga (D3, L2).
- Radamel Falcao (pictured right) has struck eight goals in his last eight appearances for Atletico.
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Top 3 Predictions
Levante 1-3 Atletico Madrid
- 15.2 %
Levante 1-2 Atletico Madrid
- 12 %
Levante 2-1 Atletico Madrid
- 11.2 %
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Jan 20, 2013||Atletico Madrid 2 - Levante 0|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Aug 19, 2012||Levante 1 - Atletico Madrid 1|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Apr 8, 2012||Levante 2 - Atletico Madrid 0|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Nov 20, 2011||Atletico Madrid 3 - Levante 2|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Apr 24, 2011||Atletico Madrid 4 - Levante 1|
|Dec 7, 2013||Recreativo 1 - Levante 0||ESPC|
|Nov 29, 2013||Getafe 1 - Levante 0||LIGA|
|Nov 24, 2013||Levante 0 - Villarreal 3||LIGA|
|Nov 9, 2013||Athletic Bilbao 2 - Levante 1||LIGA|
|Nov 3, 2013||Levante 0 - Granada 1||LIGA|
|12||Juan García García||Defender|
|12||Gustavo Daniel Cabral||Defender|
|-||Abdel Kader Ghezzal||Striker|
|25||Nabil El Zhar||Midfielder|
The Ivorian has netted some important goals for Levante in recent weeks, including the equaliser against city rivals Valencia last weekend. With his pace and power, the 28-year-old will provide a stern test to the Atletico back line.
The former Porto striker's scintillating form in La Liga has seen talk of a transfer to England resurface, which the Colombian moved to quell earlier this week. With Atletico in the semi-finals of the Europa League and fighting for Champions League qualification, Falcao will eye a strong end to the season to round off what has been a hugely successful debut campaign in Spain.
Atletico will be buzzing after dispatching Hannover in the Europa League and setting up a semi-final date with Valencia. However, Simeone's side have struggled to pick up results away from home immediately after their midweek exploits in Europe, and they may suffer again here.
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