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Preview: Atletico Madrid – Real Madrid

Atletico and Real have the same number of points (23) after 11 rounds in La Liga. They are only separated by goal difference. Real are third with a goal difference of 22:9, while Atletico are fourth with a goal difference of 16:6.

 

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match: 

Another chapter will be added to one of the fiercest football rivalries in the world as Atletico Madrid host Real Madrid on Saturday in the 1st La Liga (LL) Madrid derby of the season, the 1st ever to take place at the impressive Wanda Metropolitano.

The two Madrid giants have been struggling for form and are level on 23 points after 11 games, with Real (3rd) sitting one place above Atletico (4th) by virtue of their slightly better goal difference. Both sides sit 8 points behind league leaders Barcelona, so a defeat would almost knock either of the two neighbours out of the title race.

3-time LL top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo has scored just 1 goal in his 7 league appearances for Real Madrid this season (37 shots), but Atletico are one of his favourite opponents having netted 21 goals in 29 games against them in all competitions.

Atletico have conceded as many headed goals (7) in their 16 games so far this season as they did the whole of last term (58 games).

Under manager Diego Simeone, Atletico have won 4 of their 11 top-flight meetings with Real (W4, D3, L4).

If they play, Theo Hernandez (Real) and Lucas Hernandez (Atletico) will become the first brothers to face each other in this fixture since 1929/30.

Speaking to the press ahead of the game, Zinedine Zidane spoke of the pressure on his team: “We do not want to slip again, we want to give our best. But we will have to see what happens. I recognise we are a long way behind Barcelona, but there is still time to catch them and pass them out. We can play better, for sure, and we will. We both [Real and Atletico] have the same points, so neither is in better or worse shape.”

 

Missing players

Atletico Madrid: Y. Carrasco (doubtful), Filipe Luis (doubtful), Koke (doubtful)

Real Madrid: G. Bale (calf injury), M. Kovacic (groin injury), K. Navas (groin injury), L. Zidane (shoulder injury), D. Carvajal (doubtful).