Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid
Date: 27th February 2016
Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
Kick off: 15:00 pm BST
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Real Madrid take on Atletico Madrid in the La Liga this weekend and it could prove to be defining clash in the title race.
Real Madrid are behind their cross-town rivals in the title race and their mixed start to the season resulted in the sacking of Rafa Benitez. Under Zidane, Madrid have looked like a more attacking unit and will be a major threat to Atletico Madrid’s well-drilled back four.
Both sides are still very much in the race for the title and are trailing Barcelona at the moment. A defeat for either side could be the end of their title challenge.
Zidane will be looking to make his mark in his first Derbi Madrileno as a Real Madrid manager and Simeone will be looking to continue his side’s title challenge at the expense of their most fierce rivals.
Both sides are blessed with some phenomenal talents at both ends of the pitch and the game has all the makings of a proper classic.
The Derbi Madrileno never fails to live up to expectations because of its explosive nature and Saturday’s clash promises to be another cracker especially now that the result could have a huge influence on the title race.
Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid Team News
Zidane will be delighted with the return of left-back Marcelo and his main striker Karim Benzema. Both of them are expected to start, despite missing training during the week.
Also the French defender Raphael Varane is back from suspension and should start alongside club captain Sergio Ramos.
Pepe and Gareth Bale are the only high profile injuries for Los Blancos.
As for Atletico Madrid, Simeone will be delighted with the return of Jose Gimenez after a ban.
Augusto Fernandez should also be available and is expected to start in the midfield along with Saul, Gabi and Koke.
Club hero Fernando Torres is expected to start up top with Griezmann in behind.
Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid Lineups
Real Madrid Starting Lineup: Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Kroos, Isco; Ronaldo, Benzema, James
Atletico Madrid Starting Lineup: Oblak; Juanfran, Gimenez, Godin, Luis; Koke, Gabi, Augusto, Saul; Griezmann, Torres
Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid Key Stats
Real Madrid have won their last 7 home matches (La Liga).
Real Madrid are undefeated in 18 of their last 20 home matches against Atletico in all competitions.
Atletico are undefeated in 17 of their last 19 matches (La Liga).
Atletico are undefeated in 10 of their last 11 matches against Real Madrid in all competitions.