Picking the Best Potential Atletico Madrid Lineup to Face Espanyol

​Atletico Madrid travel to Espanyol on Friday night, in what will be their final league game of 2017.

A win for ​Atletico would ensure a second place finish heading into the winter break, and could potentially close the gap to Barcelona to four points.

Here is the best potential lineup for the match...


  • Oblak

​With ten clean sheets in the league so far this season, it is not hard to see why Atletico are the closest challengers to leaders ​Barcelona

Along with a solid defensive unit, goalkeeper Jan Oblak has showed once again this campaign why he is one of the best shot stoppers in the world.


  • Vrsaljko
  • Savic
  • Godín
  • Filipe

​After going through a spell without a recognized right-back, Atletico fans have been overjoyed in the recent times due to the return of Šime Vrsaljko. The Croatian has been solid since returning, and is likely to start on Friday night.

Ex-​Manchester City man Stefan Savic is set to continue alongside Diego Godin. The Montenegro international has formed a great relationship with his Uruguayan partner, so much so that the rising star that is Jose Giménez cannot find a spot in the Atletico starting eleven.


  • Saúl
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  • Koke
  • Thomas
  • Ferreira-Carrasco

​After deputizing at right-back with both Juanfran and Vrsaljko injured, Thomas Partey has found himself back in his favored position in recent weeks. The Ghanaian international is well-known for his tough tackling and defensive awareness, and is set to start against Espanyol.

By the high standards of last season, Belgian Yannick Carrasco has not had the best of campaigns so far. With only three goals and three assists in the league, the ex-Monaco man will be hoping to increase both goal and assist tallies against Espanyol on Friday night.


  • Griezmann
  • Correa

All eyes will be on Frenchman Antoine Greizmann on Friday, mostly down to his recent activity on Instagram. It will be interesting to see what reception the ex-​Real Sociedad man receives come kick-off.

Alongside the Frenchman is Angel Correa. It does seem like the Argentinian has been around for some time, however still only 22-years old, the youngster has shown glimpses this season of why he is tipped to be a world class player in years to come, and with four goals already this season, he along with Griezmann are likely to be Atletico's main danger-men.