Atletico hoping to pounce on lowly Granada

Madrid, Spain ( - Atletico Madrid will aim to get back to winning ways in La Liga action on Sunday when the club welcomes lowly Granada to the Vicente Calderon.

Diego Simeone's men slipped further away from defending their league title last weekend after suffering a 3-1 defeat to Barcelona to drop four points back of Real Madrid, which still has a game in hand.

Atletico rebounded in Copa del Rey action on Thursday by earning a second-leg draw with Real Madrid to oust the European champions from the competition on aggregate, but now the Rojiblancos will aim to translate that form into league play.

Simeone will be buoyed by what looks to be a rejuvenated Fernando Torres. 'El Nino' appears to have resuscitated his career with a move back to the Calderon as his brace on Thursday helped to eliminate Real from cup play.

If he features on Sunday, Torres will have a tremendous opportunity to build up a head of steam as he will face a struggling Granada side that enters the weekend at the foot of the La Liga table.

Granada has not won a league game since earning a 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao on Sept. 20. Since then, the club has collected just six points out of a possible 42.

And perhaps the most alarming signal for Granada is how it has fared against teams sitting inside the top four this season. The club suffered a 6-0 loss to Barcelona at Camp Nou on Sept. 27, received a 4-0 thrashing at home to Real Madrid on Nov. 1 and endured a 5-1 loss at Sevilla on Nov. 30.

That record bodes well for Atletico, a club hoping to secure its seventh home win in its last eight league outings.

Real Madrid will be attempting to maintain its position at the La Liga summit on Sunday when it travels to the Coliseum Alfonso Perez to take on a Getafe side that is winless in its last eight La Liga matches.

Barcelona, meanwhile, staved off some more speculation of a club crisis with last week's defeat of Atletico. Dropped points at the Riazor against Deportivo on Sunday, however, would reignite some questions surrounding the Catalan side.

Also on Sunday, fourth-place Sevilla will host seventh-place Malaga in a match with major European qualification implications and lowly Elche will go for a second straight victory when it welcomes Levante to the Martinez Valero.

Real Sociedad's impressive unbeaten streak under David Moyes - which included a 1-0 defeat of Barcelona - was extended to four games with a draw against Granada last time out. La Real will attempt to get back to winning ways on Saturday when it welcomes Rayo Vallecano to La Anoeta.

Valencia's draw at Celta Vigo last weekend saw the club drop to fifth place in the table, so the Los Che will hope to rebound with a victory over Almeria at the Mestalla on Saturday.

Villarreal will return to action on Saturday with a home clash against Athletic Bilbao, and Espanyol will take on Celta Vigo at the Estadi Cornella- El Prat to round out the day's slate.

Friday's lone contest saw Eibar claim a 1-1 draw at Cordoba as Mikel Arruabarrena scored in the 73rd minute to cancel out the opening goal from Cordoba's Florin Andone in the opening minute.