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Preview: Huesca vs. Atletico Madrid - prediction, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole previews Wednesday's La Liga fixture between Huesca and Atletico Madrid, including team news and predicted lineups.

Atletico Madrid make the trip to La Liga minnows Huesca on Wednesday evening looking to build on their dominant 6-1 victory over Granada at the weekend.

Meanwhile, newly-promoted Huesca head into their clash with last season's Champions League quarter-finalists having already recorded draws away at Villarreal and Valencia.

Match preview

While much of the media focus has been on the arrival of Luis Suarez over the past week, Atletico Madrid are in a situation where they will want to concentrate on getting early victories on the board.

Although they ultimately finished in third place last season, Diego Simeone required a strong finish to ensure that he continued his long reign at Los Rojiblancos.

Having replaced the inconsistent Alvaro Morata with Suarez, there is a feeling that they can now challenge rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona for the La Liga title.

Suarez was restricted to an outing from the substitutes' bench against Granada on Sunday afternoon, but two goals and an assist came from the Uruguay international's 19-minute appearance.

Simeone must now decide how to manage the fitness of the 33-year-old, aware that keeping the veteran available for selection is key if they want to keep the pressure on the big two.

From Huesca's perspective, a home meeting with Atletico continues their tough start upon their return to the top tier of Spanish football.

Claiming a point against Valencia at the Mestalla represented one of the biggest results in their history, while also ensuring that they remain outside of the relegation zone.

Nevertheless, suffering a 2-0 defeat at home to Cadiz highlighted the size of the task for Michel and his squad in future weeks.

Despite being eager to avoid a heavy defeat on Wednesday, Michel will already have one eye on games against Elche and Real Valladolid as they search for their first victory of the season.

Huesca La Liga form: DLD

Atletico Madrid La Liga form: W

Team News

Simeone will almost certainly make a number of changes to his starting lineup, which should include a start for Suarez.

Marcos Llorente and Thomas Partey are also in line to be handed a recall after beginning Sunday's fixture among the replacements.

Despite speculation regarding his future, Thomas Lemar may be provided with a chance on one of the flanks.

Michel is also likely to make alternations to his Huesca XI, potentially leaving one of Rafa Mir and Shinji Okazaki on the bench.

Borja Garcia should be given his first start of the season, but right-back Pablo Maffeo is sidelined until next month.

Huesca possible starting lineup:
Fernandez; Lopez, Pulido, Siovas, Luisinho; Seoane, Mosquera; Garcia, Real, Ferreiro; Okazaki

Atletico Madrid possible starting lineup:
Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Lodl; Lemar, Llorente, Partey, Niguez; Felix, Suarez

We say: Huesca 0-4 Atletico Madrid

While Huesca deserve credit for their start to the season, this match may prove to be one step too far. Atletico were in ruthless mood against Granada, and we expect more of the same on Wednesday evening.

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