Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid – Santiago Bernabeu – Saturday 29th September – Kick off 7:45pm UK Time
Arguably the most anticipated match in Jornada 7, Real Madrid welcome next door neighbours Atletico to the Bernabeu with both sides aiming to leapfrog Barcelona into first position.
Saturday’s hosts are currently tied with Barca on points and suffered a surprising 3-0 loss away to Sevilla in the midweek fixtures, their first defeat of the season. With 4-1 victories over Leganes and Girona, as well as defeating AS Roma 3-0 in the Champions League, Los Blancos have been red hot in front of goal so far this season and will be aiming to put Wednesday’s result behind them.
Atleti sit in third position, just two points behind their rivals. Having picked up only four points from the first nine available, Diego Simeone’s men look to have put an end to their slow start to the campaign, and are currently on a four-match unbeaten run in all competitions. A comfortable 3-0 win at home to Huesca on Tuesday showed just how dangerous Los Colchoneros’ new attacking line up look.
Neither side managed to secure bragging rights when they met last season, who both fixtures ending in a draw. Real’s first visit to the Wanda Metropolitano ended goalless, with the second tie between the two ending 1-1 in April.
Julen Lopetegui will have two key players missing for the match. Marcelo is out until mid-October with an injured calf and Isco has recently been discharged from hospital following an operation for acute appendicitis.
Stefan Savic continues to be unavailable for Atleti with a contusion injury and he is joined at the treatment table by Gelson Martins, who is out with a knee injury. Santiago Arias is a doubt for the clash, the Colombian is still recovering from a fractured rib.
Real Madrid (4-3-2-1): Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Nacho; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Asensio; Benzema
Atletico Madrid (4-4-2): Oblak; Juanfran, Gimenez, Godin, Lucas; Saul, Thomas, Koke, Lemar; Griezmann, Diego Costa
Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico Madrid
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