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Sunday December 10 2017
Preview: Betis-Atleti

All eyes will be on how Atletico Madrid fare without Antoine Griezmann against Real Betis, whose Coach Quique Setien is under huge pressure.

Betis boss Quique Setien on his side’s run of defeats: “It’s caused a lack of coordination, and the only culprit for that is me.

“I didn’t know how to convey what I wanted clearly enough, so I have to take responsibility.

“Still, regardless of how we are, I’m certain that the team will switch up in this game, I can assure you of that.

“We’ve talked and thought a lot about our situation, and we’ve analysed a lot of things in depth.”

Atleti boss Diego Simeone on the loss of Antoine Griezmann and Sime Vrsaljko’s situation: “We’ve already played without [Griezmann].

“We can use Correa and Vietto, plus Gameiro is there and Fernando has played in our last few games, so we have options.

“However, none of them have Griezmann’s characteristics so we’ll look to balance things out with more team play.

“Vrsaljko? He’s our player and for as long as he’s with us, I treat him as such.

“We’ve talked, although what we said will remain private. He’s an important player and now he’s feeling good.

“He’ll be called up, but the No 1 thing here is always the team.”

Real Betis (probable): Adan; Barragan, Mandi, Feddal, Durmisi; Boudebouz, Camarasa, Guardado; Joaquin, Sergio Leon, Tello

Injuries/suspensions: Javi Garcia, Sanabria, Campbell, Francis, Amat (I)

Atletico Madrid (probable): Oblak; Thomas, Savic, Godin, Filipe; Carrasco, Gabi, Saul, Koke; Correa, Gameiro

Injuries/suspensions: Griezmann, Gaitan (I)

Referee: Hernandez Hernandez

Form guide: Betis – 11th (L D L D L) Atleti – 4th (W W D W D)

Previous meeting: Betis 1-1 Atleti

Venue: Benito Villamarin

Kick-off time: 15:15 GMT/16:15 CET

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