Atletico Madrid will be looking to avoid a fifth straight La Liga defeat when they take on high-flying Rayo Vallecano at Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday afternoon.


Defending Champions Atletico Madrid come into this clash on the back of four consecutive La Liga losses, a total of 29 points from 18 matches has left them in fifth position in the table, nine points off second-placed Sevilla and 17 points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid. Atletico looked to be on course for three points against Granada when Joao Felix opened the scoring in the second minute but defensive lapses saw Diego Simeone’s men hit another bump in their course for a title defense. Atletico Madrid has now gone seven games without keeping a clean sheet and have already conceded 22 times in just 18 La Liga games – the worst record in terms of goals conceded per match in the top six. Atletico have been victorious in each of their last five La Liga games against Rayo, including 1-0 wins in each of their last three meetings. Marcos Llorente and Stefan Savic will miss out through injury. Koke, Joao Felix, Antoine Griezmann and Hector Herrera have tested positive for coronavirus and are unavailable for selection.


Rayo Vallecano have enjoyed a remarkable La Liga season to date, boasting a record of nine wins, three draws and six defeats form 18 matches to collect 30 points, which has left them in fourth position in the La Liga standings, one point ahead of fifth-placed Atletico Madrid and just three behind third-placed Real Betis. However, their away form this season has been shocking as they have collected just five points on their travels, losing six times in nine outings. Andoni Iraola’s men has failed to keep an away clean sheet since returning to La Liga. Rayo Vallecano are set to be without a number of important players this weekend due to a severe coronavirus outbreak in the squad, and are keen for this match to be postponed but the fixture is going ahead as planned, for the moment.