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Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid

Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid – The latest edition of Madrid derby sees Atletico Madrid host Real Madrid at the Vicente Calderon on 19th November, Saturday in a crucial La Liga fixture.

Atletico Madrid are fourth in the La Liga standings with twenty one points courtesy their six wins from eleven matches, leading Sevilla by goal difference only. Two losses in their last three matches, to Sevilla and Real Sociedad have slightly hurt the titular chances of Diego Simeone’s side.

Real Madrid have twenty seven points from eight wins, ahead of rivals Barcelona by two points. A win against Atletico Madrid on this weekend could set the pace for Zinedine Zidane’s side going into a hectic phase before the winter break.

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Team News

Antoine Griezmann picked up a foot injury during the international break. Although initial concerns regarding a fracture was dispelled following scans, the Frenchman is unlikely to feature on Saturday. Augusto Fernandez is Atletico Madrid’s long-time injury concern while Alessio Cerci has been listed as a doubt. Nicolas Gaitan and Andre Moreira have returned to training and could be a part of the matchday squad.

For the visitors, Pepe and Toni Kroos are sidelined through injuries. Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema have been deemed fit and are likely to start. Casemiro, Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio and Martin Odegaard will face late fitness tests.

Contributor’s Pick

According to Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid H2H stats, the last five league encounters between these two clubs have resulted in two wins for Atletico Madrid and three draws. In fact, Real Madrid have not defeated their derby rivals in a La Liga fixture since the 2012/13 season.

The last competitive fixture between these two clubs came in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League final when Real Madrid won on penalties. The match on Saturday should be a closely contested affair and a 1-1 draw is the most likely result.

 

MALAYSIA emres1983 SPANISH LA LIGA 2016/17
ATLETICO MADRID VS REAL MADRID
Date: Saturday, 19th November 2016
Kick-Off: 1945 UK
Venue: Vicente Calderon Stadium, Madrid

Football fans in Spain and everywhere around the football world can’t wait for this Saturday La Liga most talked and anticipated match between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid stage at Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid. Diego Simeone’s side and Zenedine Zidane’s army will meet for the first time this season since last season Champion League Final at Milan, where Real Madrid the victorious.

ATLETICO MADRID
Atletico Madrid pushed further down to fourth place in La Liga standings with 21 points after a 2-0 defeated by Real Sociedad before right before the international break, their second defeats in their last three matches. They are now six points behind league leader Real Madrid.

Although they struggled to find the momentum this season, still they are very strong playing in front of their home crowd, a fantastic record of undefeated in their last 22 home matches in La Liga. They never lose at half time in all of their last 20 home matches. They come to this match after secured four wins in a row in their last 4 home matches in all competitions. They never failed to score at home and 72% of their total goals netted at Vicente Calderon. They have won by 2 goals or more margins in 3 of their last 5, and 8 of their last 13 home matches. They also managed to keep 9 clean sheets from 13 home matches.

Injury news:
Gaitan not 100% fit, Andre Moreira with knee injury and Augusto Fernandez with knee-ligament injury.

Probable LineUp:
Oblak--Juanfran, Savic, Godin, Filepe Lusi—Gabi, Koke, Saul, Carrasco—Fernando Torres, Grizmann

REAL MADRID
Real Madrid comes to this match in prolific form, undefeated in their last 23 league matches and unbeaten in their last 16 away La Liga matches. They thumped Leganes 3-0 in previous match, secured their fourth win in a row. They managed to score at least one goal in all of their away matches. Both teams had scored in 12 of their last 16 away matches.

Injury news:
Karim benzema undergoing Sacroiliitis treatment, Alvaro Morata not 100% fit, Sergio Ramos suffered knee Injury and Casemiro due to long term injury.

Probable LineUp:
Navas—Carvajal, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo—Kroos, Isco, Kovacic—James, Ronaldo, Bale

BETTING VERDICT
There is no clear favorite for this match. Five previous meetings between them saw both teams won one match and three draws recorded. All those matches ended up with under 2.5 goals scored in total.

Score prediction: 1-1

I’ll back on Draw and Under 2.5 goals

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