La Liga, 2015/16
Date: Sunday, 4th October
Time: 19:30 pm BST
Venue: Vicente Calderon
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With several high profile games being played this week, Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid is perhaps the most exciting fixture this weekend.
The Derbi Madrileno rarely disappoints and never fails to showcase the deep rooted hatred between the two sides from the same city.
One of the fiercest rivalries in world football, Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid has gained immense popularity over the last few years, especially with Diego Simeone taking over.
The Argentine manager has turned Atletico Madrid into genuine title contenders and his all action approach has thrilled the neutrals across the globe.
Elsewhere, Rafa Benitez has made an impressive start to life as a Real Madrid manager and is still undefeated in the league as well as the Champions League.
With 6 wins in his 8 games, Benitez’ Real Madrid have been impressive at the back and efficient going forward. Real Madrid will aim to dismantle their cross-town rivals, Atletico Madrid when they travel to the Calderon this weekend.
After failing to defend their title last season, Diego Simeone will be hoping to get Atletico Madrid back into the title race this season with a victory against arch rivals, Real Madrid.
Atletico have made decent start to the league campaign, winning 4 of their 6 games and will be hoping to close the gap with Real Madrid and Barcelona.
With Lionel Messi out injured, both Madrid teams will be hoping to take charge of the title race now.
Antoine Griezmann and Cristiano Ronaldo are in red hot form and both players will be hoping to influence the result this Sunday.
Real Madrid have a wretched record against Atletico Madrid ever since Simeone took over and Rafa Benitez’ well drilled defensive unit will be hoping to get the job done this Sunday.
Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid Team News
Real Madrid are set to welcome club captain, Sergio Ramos in the match day squad this week. The Spanish centre back is back in training and could feature against Atletico Madrid on Sunday. Furthermore, Gareth Bale is back in training as well and could feature for Real Madrid this weekend.
The Los Blancos are still without the services of James Rodriguez. The Colombian should be back by the end of this month.
Atletico Madrid will be without star midfielder, Koke for the derby. Apart from that, Simeone has a fully fit squad to choose from.
Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid Possible Lineups
Atletico Madrid starting lineup (4-4-2 formation): Sotiriou; Gamez, Gimenez, Godin, Luis; Torres, Fernandez, Mendes, Niguez; Martinez, Griezmann
Real Madrid starting lineup (4-3-3 formation): Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Kroos, Isco; Jese, Benzema, Ronaldo
Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid Key Stats
Real Madrid have beaten Atletico Madrid just once in their last 6 meetings.
Real Madrid are undefeated in their last 16 matches in La Liga.
Atletico Madrid are undefeated in 35 of their last 38 home games in the league.
Real Madrid have kept 7 clean sheets in 8 games (Home & Away) this season.
Atletico Madrid have kept 6 clean sheets in their last 8 home games.