Probable Lineups

4-2-3-1
4-2-3-1
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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(8) 4 Goals 13 (18)
(7) 2 Assists 12 (12)
(6.9) 6.9 Average Ratings 7.1 (6.9)
28.3 Average Age 31.1
182.4 Average Height (cm) 181
(1.6) 1.7 Shots pg 1.4 (1.1)
(59%) 64% Aerial Duel Success 44% (48%)
(0.9) 1 Dribbles pg 0.6 (0.6)
(1.6) 1.8 Tackles pg 1.7 (1.8)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Europa League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Diego Costa Out 6.77
No missing players.

Team News

  • Atletico have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the clash with Rubin, but Diego Costa is suspended having been sent off for violent conduct in the final game of the group stage against Viktoria Plzen.
  • He serves the first of his 4 match suspension here, so Adrian could play up front.
  • Diego Simeone has tended to rest the likes of Falcao for the Europa League this season, but he could be tempted into using his star man in the latter stages of the competition.
  • Rubin are likely to mirror Atleti's 4-2-3-1 lineup for the trip to the Vicente Calderon.
  • After 2 months without a competitive game, there could be some surprises in the Rubin team selection.
  • With 4 goals in the group stages, Salomon Rondon is all but certain to lead the line up front.

Prediction

  • Undoubtedly Atletico Madrid's priority this season will be to maintain their lofty position in La Liga, but they always take Europe's second competition completely seriously and will also be looking to retain their trophy.
  • They made it through the group stages relatively easily given that Diego Simeone fielded second string players for the most part, but the knockout phase could see the return of Falcao and co. to the fold.
  • Rubin Kazan haven't played a competitive game since early December and could start slowly as a result. Their form before the winter break was dodgy - no wins in their last 4 games - and while Atletico have wobbled away from home, they have won all 19 of their home games in all competitions this season, conceding only once in their last 12. Expect them to continue that run in commanding fashion.
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