Saturday, 18 November 2017

La Liga Saturday Fixtures: Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid Match Preview, Team News & Predicted Lineups

Atletico Madrid may not have lost this season, but they have dropped a lot of points to sides that aren't as good as them due to draws.
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid
Spanish La Liga
Saturday, 18th November 2017
Kick-off at 20:45 - Nigerian Time
Venue: Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid)   
They are level on points with Real Madrid, who have lost two league game as a result of all of the draws..

The two teams are both locked on 23 points. Both teams have fallen eight behind Barca in the title race and 4 behind the second placed Valencia.

Zidane’s major worry will be the lack of goals from his key strikers Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, who netted once each from 7 league appearances this season.

Real will start the match sitting at third just above their hosts Atletico.

This match at home is a huge one for Atleti.

 TEAM NEWS:

Atletico - Diego Simeone has injuries to left back Filipe Luis, center midfielder Koke, and winger Yannick Carrasco ahead of this match at home to Real.

Real - Zinedine Zidane looks set to be without winger Gareth Bale yet again, while playmaker Isco looks like he will be fit to go. Right back Dani Carvajal also looks to be in contention, but goalkeeper Keylor Navas is a doubt to face their rivals.

TEAM FORM:

Atletico - They have two wins and three draws in their last five matches.

Real - Real have three wins and two losses in their last five matches..

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

Atletico Madrid (4-4-2): Oblak; Juanfran, Savic, Godin, Lucas; Thomas, Gabi, Saul, Gaitan; Griezmann, Torres
C. Atl├ętico Madrid S.A.D. 4-4-2 football formation

Real Madrid (4-4-2): Casilla; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Isco; Benzema, Ronaldo
Real Madrid C.F. 4-4-2 football formation

KEY STATS:
  • Atleti and Real have met 59 times since 1993. In those matches, Real have 34 wins, 15 draws, and just ten losses to their arch rivals. 
  • Atletico haven't lost a single match in La Liga so far this season, and they have just one loss total.
  • Real Madrid were unbeaten in the LaLiga fixtures last season with a 3-0 win in the corresponding away leg and a 1-1 draw back at Bernabeu. The teams later met in the UEFA Champions League semifinals and Real once again tasted success with a 4-2 aggregate win (3-0 at Bernabeu, 1-2 at the Calderon).
  • Yet, Atletico have a strong home record against Real in recent season after having lost just 1 of the 7 fixtures at the Vicente Calderon; 4 wins and 2 draws.
 PREDICTION:

Atletico Madrid 12 Real Madrid - The two Spanish teams have endured tough starts to the season and with sitting eight points behind leaders Barcelona, they will be both looking to come away with all three points.

The home side remain undefeated and won't want to lose that record to their local rivals, so it'll be cagey, but the fixture has a history of goals. So,  Real will narrowly defeat Atleti.

TODAY'S LA LIGA FIXTURES IN FULL

13:00  —   Getafe VS Alaves

16:15  —   Leganes VS Barcelona

18:30  —   Sevilla VS Celta Vigo

20:45  —   Atletico Madrid VS Real Madrid

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