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Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid – Preview

Anotine Griezmann
Anotine Griezmann in action for Atletico Madrid

The two arch-rivals, Real and Atletico Madrid are set to lock horns at Santiago Bernabeu in their pursuit to La Liga. Real Madrid is back to action after their shocking defeat against Sevilla. Atletico Madrid also has their problems of their own as they have two draws and a loss against Celta Vigo.

Real Madrid – Team news.

Real Madrid Players and their fans alike would have cherished the Barcelona’s 2-1 loss against Leganes. But Sevilla came out of syllabus for them to hand over a shocking 3-0 defeat for them.  It was Real Madrid’s fourth straight defeat in Sevilla home. Real Madrid’s this La Liga campaign is as same as their arch-rivals Barcelona. The capital team had cruised past against Girona, Leganes, Getafe, and Espanyol. But drew with Athletic Bilbao and lost their plot against Sevilla.

Julen Lopetegui’s team coped well the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo with Benzema, Bale, and Asensio carrying the goal-scoring burden. But the Los Blancos are having a tough time against good sides. Recently, the suffered a 4-2 defeat against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup. And their fans are taking this fixture as a revenge to that defeat.

Atletico Madrid – Team News.

Atletico Madrid will be now thanking Leganes and Sevilla for stripping points off Barcelona and Real Madrid. Simeone’s are now just 2 points adrift of leaders Barcelona. And will counting this match as a chance to climb up the ladder. Scoring is the main concern for Atletico Madrid as they had scored only eight in their six matches. Both Griezmann and Diego Cost are yet to find their rhythm. Griezmann had scored only twice while Diego Costa is yet to open his account.

Rojiblancos has a good record in Bernabeu as they are yet to face a defeat in La Liga since their 2012-13 campaign.

Squad News – Real Madrid.

Real Marid will be without the service of both Dani Carvajal and Marcelo. Carvajal was absent for the last two matches and will miss the upcoming fixture. Marcelo had pulled his hamstring in the match against Sevilla. Isco will be also absent as he is recovering from appendicitis.

Squad News – Atletico Madrid.

  Juanfran who missed the 3-0 win against Huesca will be returning as the right-back.

Predicted XI: Real Madrid.

Courtois; Odriozola, Ramos, Varane, Nacho; Casemiro, Modric, Kroos; Bale, Benzema and Asensio.

Predicted XI: Atletico Madrid.

Oblak, Juanfran, Gimenez, Godin, Hernandez; Lemar, Thomas, Saul, Koke; Griezmann and Costa.

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