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Real Madrid will hit the road to square up against City rivals Atletico Madrid. The team in white will aim for their sixth consecutive win in the league as they look to maintain their dominance at the top of the table.
Meanwhile, Diego Simeone’s men will look to return to winning ways after a disappointing draw against Lazio last time out. They are heading into this fixture on the back of a 1-1 draw against Lazio where they conceded in added time.
Atletico Madrid have not had the best of starts this season. They are currently seveth in the league with just seven points in four games. They have managed to win twice so far in the season.
Their last league outing was a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Valencia, and they will surely look to put a better show against Los Blancos.
Diego Simeone’s men were not at their best against the Italian club and they will hope for a much better day at the office when they host their rivals.
Their last league outing was a 2-1 win over Real Sociedad. Meanwhile, they are heading into the Madrid Derby on the back of a 1-0 win over Union Berlin.
They might not be playing the best football they can but the team in white are doing just enough to get the right result and they would love to finish on the right side even in this fixture.
Diego Simeone will be without the services of Thomas Lemar, Caglar Soyuncu, Reinildo, and Pablo Barrios for the Madrid derby.
Meanwhile, Rodrigo De Paul, Koke and Memphis Depay face a race against time to be fit for this fixture. As far as the attack is concerned, Antoine Griezmann will pair up with former Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata.
They will have a late fitness test and could end up featuring against Real Madrid. With Barrios out injured De Paul could make it to the starting XI if he manages to clear the fitness tests.
In the centre of the park, De Paul could start alongside Marcos Llorente and Saul Niguez. The trio will look to control the tempo of the game and not allow Real Madrid midfielders to dominate the ball.
Atletico Madrid Lineup (3-5-2)
Oblak; Savic, Gimenez, Hermoso; Molina, Saul, Llorente, De Paul, Lino; Griezmann, Morata.
Real Madrid will once again be without the services of Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militao because of knee injuries. Meanwhile, Dani Carvajal is out because of a muscular injury. Arda Guler and Vinicius Junior have returned from injury.
The Brazilian is a part of the squad but Guler has been left out to ensure that is not being rushed back on.
Meanwhile, Aurelien Tchouameni will start as the defensive midfielder. He will have the support of Federico Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga on either side.
And, Jude Bellingham is expected to be the attacking midfielder just behind the two forwards. Vinicius might be back, but he won’t be risked from the start, Joselu will continue alongside Brazilian sensation Rodrygo Goes.
Real Madrid Lineup (4-4-2)
Kepa; Vazquez, Rudiger, Alaba, F Garcia; Valverde, Tchouameni, Camavinga; Bellingham; Rodrygo, Joselu
Atletico Madrid have the second-best defence in the league having conceded just four goals while Real Madrid have the third-best attack with 10 goals in 5 games.
The visitors have a goal difference of 7 while the home team has a goal difference of 6. Los Blancos have taken a total of 83 shots in their five games and are leading the charts in that perspective.
Bellingham is leading the charts for Real Madrid with six goal contributions in the league. Morata will be the key man for the home team with four goal contributions.