Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Preview:
On the 1st of December Real Madrid welcomes Atletico Madrid at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid. Diego Simeone’s team will try to get three points and keep second’s place advantage in away game. Los Rojiblancos have not won real Madrid since 1999. They come into the 258th Madrid derby with eight points plus of Jose Mourinho’s team.
Real Madrid are third in the La Liga table with twenty six points after thirteen games. They have won eight, drawn two and lost three matches. They are eleven points behind the leader Barcelona and eight points behind their neighbours Atletico. Their recent form consists of four wins and one defeat. Real lost their third game this season at Betis with the score 1-0. It left them eleven points behind the leaders Barcelona. Real have the second best defensive record in the league and the second best attacking line.
Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol will miss this clash due to injury. He suffered an ankle injury in the 3-0 Copa del Rey win over Alcoyano. Gonzalo Higuain, Marcelo and Michael Essien are still sidelined. Head coach Jose Mourinho will put all his star players for this clash to get closer to Atletico. But he will have to choose between Mesut Ozil and Luka Modric.
Atletico are second in the Spanish league table with thirty four points after thirteen rounds, winning eleven, drawing one and losing one game so far this season. Their recent form has bean well with four wins and one defeat in their last five games. Atletico are still breathing Barcelona at the back with only three points behind them. This game could strengthen their second place if they can get three points. But probably they will be happy to get at least one point in this away match.
Star forward Radamel Falcao has scored eleven goals in twelve matches this season. Thibaut Courtois has recovered from after his illness and will start in goal. Cristian Rodriguez will miss out this game, while Mario Suarez is available after serving a one-match ban.
Real Madrid line-up: Casillas, Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao, Khedira, Alonso, Di Maria, Modric, Ronaldo, Benzema.
Last three matches:
Real Madrid CF 3 – CD Alcoyano 0;
Betis 1 – Real Madrid CF 0;
Manchester City FC 1 – Real Madrid CF 1.
Atletico Madrid line-up: Courtois, Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe, Gabi, Suarez, Koke, Costa, Turan, Falcao.
Last three mathces:
Atletico Madrid 1 – Real Jaén CF 0;
Atletico Madrid 4 – Sevilla 0;
Atletico Madrid 1 – Hapoel 0.