Atletico v Academica preview

Atletico Madrid will attempt to extend their record-breaking Europa League winning run to 17 matches on Thursday when they welcome Academica.

Last Updated: 24/10/12 at 16:57

Simeone: Targeting victory on Thursday night

Simeone: Targeting victory on Thursday night

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Atletico's successful run in Europe stretches back a year and includes victories over the likes of Valencia, Lazio, and Athletic Bilbao, who they beat 3-0 in May's final to win the competition fro the second time in three years.

The Spanish side are not only in great form on the continent either. They have not tasted defeat anywhere since a 4-1 derby mauling by Real Madrid in April and a victory on Thursday would be their 11th on the trot in all competitions this season

Another triumph would see them move onto nine points in Group B and coach Diego Simeone said: "A win would be very important with regards the objective we have to finish first in the group."

Atletico's superb run means they are overwhelming favourites to pick up a three-point haul against an Academica side who have only earned one point from their two Group B games and are without a win in Europe since 1969.

However, Atletico midfielder Tiago is taking nothing for granted against his fellow Portuguese, saying: "We are favourites but you don't win any game before it's played, so we'll have to show how good and how strong we are on the pitch tomorrow."

Academica make the short hop across to Spain having had a mixed start to their domestic season.

They have seven points from their opening six Premeira Liga games, four of which finished in draws, while at the weekend they claimed a 3-1 win at Ponte da Barca in the cup.

Simone said of their opponents: "It's a competitive team and the games I've seen they have shown themselves to be very quick coming out and who defend in numbers."

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Europa League Fixtures

Wednesday, 27 May 2015
19:45
Dnipro v Sevilla  

Footer 365

UEFA chief Michel Platini says it would be good for football if Sepp Blatter loses FIFA election

Michel Platini is backing Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan in Friday’s FIFA presidential election.

Sheffield United sack manager Nigel Clough

League One club Sheffield United have dismissed manager Nigel Clough after missing out on promotion.

West Ham favourite Slaven Bilic to leave Besiktas

Slaven Bilic has fuelled speculation he could take over at West Ham after announcing he will leave Besiktas.

Mail Box

Can We Combine Danny And Theo?

The finishing of Theo Walcott and the hold-up play of Danny Welbeck would be just perfect. Plus, lots of Brendan Rodgers, some Big Sam and all hail Degsy...

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company