Atlético Madrid travel to the Basque country to face Athletic Bilbao at San Mamés this evening, with kick-off scheduled at 9pm local time.
Throughout this week there have been reports emerging that João Félix wants to leave Los Colchoneros in the interest of more playing time. Based on recent line-ups put together by Diego Simeone, it is very unlikely that he would start in a crucial game such as the one against Los Leones.
The Argentine is not expected to make many changes to the team that drew 0-0 against Club Brugge midweek as they need a good defensive performance against Athletic Bilbao, who are currently sitting third in La Liga. It is believed that Axel Witsel will be given the nod ahead of Geoffrey Kondogbia.
Predicted Atlético Madrid lineup against Athletic Bilbao
Marca predict that Simeone will field the following starting XI against Athletic Bilbao: Jan Oblak – Nahuel Molina, Stefan Savić, José María Giménez, Reinildo Mandava, Saúl Ñíguez – Thomas Lemar, Axel Witsel, Koke – Ángel Correa, Antoine Griezmann.