Atletico Madrid is looking to bounce back after losing four consecutive games in La Liga to RCD Mallorca, Real Madrid, Sevilla, and Granada. With 29 points after 18 games, they are in fifth place in La Liga, with eight wins, five draws, and five losses. Rayo Vallecano is a point ahead of them, and they’re as much as 17 points behind the top. They hold the league’s ninth-best away record, with four wins, three draws, and one loss in eight games. They’ve scored 1.61 goals per game on average and allowed little over one goal per game. The team’s leading scorer is Luis Suarez, who has seven goals to his credit. With four assists each, Yannick Carrasco, Thomas Lemar, and Angel Correa lead the team in assists. Antoine Griezmann, Sime Vrsaljko, Marcos Llorente, and Stefan Savic are among the key players who will be unavailable.
Rayo Vallecano is coming off a 2-0 victory over Deportivo Alaves just before the holidays. They’ve been performing very well for a freshly promoted team, currently sitting in the fourth position in La Liga with 30 points from 18 games, nine wins, three ties, and six defeats. They have had one win and five points from nine road games. They have scored 26 goals and conceded one goal in each encounter thus far in La Liga. Radamel Falcao and Alvaro Garcia lead the team in scoring with five goals each. Oscar Trejo leads the team in assists with eight. With the exception of Alvaro Garcia Martin Merquelanz, who is out with a hamstring injury and a sprained knee, they have the majority of their players available for selection.