BARCELONA (Sporting Alert) — Diego Costa starts for Atletico Madrid, but Neymar only starts on the bench for Barcelona as the two sides battle for the La Liga title tonight.
Costa returns to the starting team after missed last weekend’s 1-1 draw against Malaga at the Vicente Calderon with a hamstring strain.
The Spanish forward will be partnered by David Villa in the attack as Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone look to win the game, despite needing just a draw to seal the title.
Captain Gabi, Arda Turan, Tiago and Koke all start in midfield, with Miranda and Diego Godin starting in the back line.
For Barcelona, meanwhile, Brazilian striker Neymar was only named to the bench, with Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez and Pedro starting.
Xavi, Marc Bartra, Alex Song and Jordi Alba are all on the bench, with Gerard Pique returning to the backline.
Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta are starters in midfield for Barcelona, who must win to frog-leap Atletico Madrid for the league crown.
Barcelona v Atletico Madrid
Barcelona XI: Pinto, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Adriano, Busquets, Fabregas, Iniesta, Sanchez, Pedro, Messi.
Subs: Olazabal, Xavi, Neymar, Jordi Alba, Song, Bartra, Tello.
Atletico Madrid XI: Courtois, Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe Luis, Gabi, Tiago, Koke, Arda Turan, Villa, Costa.
Subs: Aranzubia, Alderweireld, Sosa, Mario Suarez, Diego, Adrian, Raul Garcia.