The Madrid derby win would be crucial as the Colchoneros would be maintaining their lead at the top of the table. Whereas, their rivals would be keen on coming back to winning ways and put pressure on 2nd placed FC Barcelona.
However, Los Blancos would be keen on halting the brilliant Luis Suarez who joined his current club from Barca. Atletico have 58 points from 24 matches whereas their rivals have 53 points playing a game more.
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid Preview:
Atletico Madrid have been once again at the top of the La Liga and is looking forward to win the title they won previously in 2013-14 season.
However, similar circumstances are shaping up in the league this season with Barcelona and Real Madrid level on points and fighting with the leaders for the title. Currently the Rojoblancos are enjoying their fine form after bagging in Luis Suarez.
The veteran striker is second in the golden boot race alongside his best friend, Lionel Messi. Jan Oblak is also another key ingredient behind Atletico’s success. The main battle would be of the goalkeepers – Oblak vs Thibaut Courtois! Who will walk away with a clean sheet?
However, Los Blancos would be boasting for their upper hand over their city rivals. In the 226 matches played, Real have won 112 whereas Atletico could only taste the success 56 times. The rest 58 matches ended as draws.
Atletico Madrid form : W L W D W W W W W L
Real Madrid form : D W W W W W L W L L
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid Team News:
Jose Gimenez would be out with an adductor injury for the hosts. However, the return of Yannick Carrasco and Kieran Trippier would be a huge boost for Diego Simeone’s team.
Joao Felix might take place of Angel Correa as the former would be excited to feature in this mouthwatering clash. Thomas Lemar might not be in the starting 11 for the home side.
However, the biggest boost is for Real Madrid which is the return of Karim Benzema. Benzema had been a key player for Zinedine Zidane whenever his team needed a revival. However, there are two sides of a coin! Sergio Ramos is to be certainly missed by the visitors.
Predicted Line-ups and Score:
Diego Simeone would go with his preferred 3-5-2 formation spearheaded by Luis Suarez and Joao Felix.
Zidane would continue with his 4-3-3 formation with an attacking lead by Karim Benzema.
We are predicting a close win for the Los Blancos. None of the goalies would be walking with a clean sheet.
Thus, our prediction is Atletico Madrid 1-2 Real Madrid.
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