28th September, 2019
One of the most sought after derbies holds today in the LaLiga as Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid engage each other in one of the most heated, intense rivalries in Europe.
It is not news that these two sides have met in two UEFA Champions League finals over the last decade and that fact alone should make things even more bitter between both sides.
Add to that the fact that in the last meeting between both sides (a friendly match), Atletico overran Real by 7-3 and that must still be fresh in the mind of the visitors who will surely be out for revenge
At the up-coming derby, we will be seeing another thrilling chapter of this heated rivalry as both sides take on each other at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. Kick-off for this match is slated at 20:00 hrs BST.
As far as Atletico Madrid is concerned, they are presently on a high as the team is coming off a 2-0 away win at Mallorca earlier in the week, and that result ended a three-game win-less run for Los Colchoneros in all competitions (D2, L1).
As a matter of fact, Atletico has won just once in their last three Liga matches. That’s a very drastic change of form after the Madrid-based outfit won each of their first three league outings to start the 2019/20 campaign.
Looking at it from a positive angle, Atletico remain undefeated in their first three league matches at home this season (W2, D1) and two of those matches have produced under 2.5 goals, showing a trend of low-scoring matches for Los Rojiblancos.
The same trend has been the case in their derbies against Real Madrid as well, although that hasn’t been the case when these two sides meet at Wanda Metropolitano. Three of the last four H2H meetings here have ended with over 2.5 goals scored.
Unfortunately for Atletico Madrid, Alvaro Morata has been ruled out for this game as a result of a suspension. In the same vein, Sime Vrsaljko remains out with a knee problem. Then there is Thomas Lemar who has been listed as doubtful due to a thigh injury.
As for the visitors, their manager Zinedine Zidane, has been under heavy scrutiny this season, and several experts have gone on to criticise the French tactician following the heavy 3-0 defeat against Paris SG in the UEFA Champions League earlier this month.
Unfortunately, the team has not been receiving all the credit they deserve.
After the first six league matches have been completed, Real Madrid currently sit at the top of the LaLiga standings with 14 points (W4, D2) and they are one of two sides that are yet to taste defeat during the current term (Athletic Bilbao being the other).
Real Madrid has been playing quite well on the road as well, where they have gone W2, D1 in their first three LaLiga away matches while averaging 2.0 goals scored per away game. Can they extend that trend and secure a big result against their bitter city rivals away from home? Time shall surely tell.
As far as Real Madrid is concerned, Marco Asensio is out for the year with an ACL injury while Ferland Mendy (groin) and Marcelo (neck) are also not expected to take part in this game.
As for Isco (muscle) and Luka Modric (groin), there are chance that they will be available after returning to the training session. Coach Zinedine Zidane will however decide if they will be part of playing squad or not.
On the whole, this game has all the makings of being a tight contest where neither side will give an inch to the other. Plus, the low-scoring tendencies are impossible to ignore.
Expect this match to feature under 2.5 goals in total once again.