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March 2, 2014 11:00 AM EST
Estadio Vicente Calderón — Madrid
Referee:‬ Carlos Delgado‎
Attendance:‬ 54600‎
 
28′ Koke
45+1′ Gabi

La Liga Preview: Atletico Madrid - Real Madrid

Atleti can record first league double over visitors in 63 years against Carlo Ancelotti's men on Sunday but will be up against it with los Blancos brimming with confidence

Atletico and Real Madrid battle
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Atletico Madrid can claim a first league double over city rival Real Madrid since the 1950-51 season when the two meet at Vicente Calderon on Sunday.

On that occasion, Atleti went on to claim the Liga title and Diego Simeone will hope that proves to be a positive omen in an ever-intriguing battle for this year's championship.

Real tops the pile in La Liga with 63 points going into the fixture, just three above Gerardo Martino's Barcelona and the Rojiblancos, who sit second and third respectively.

Simeone's men triumphed 1-0 in the reverse fixture last September thanks to Diego Costa's goal, meaning Atleti can end a 63-year wait for a league double on Sunday.

To do so, Atleti will have to end a run of six successive league defeats to its arch rival onits own patch and claim a first home Liga triumph over the Bernabeu outfit since a 3-1 victory in 1999.

Simeone can take confidence from an unbeaten home league record this season, but the most recent encounters between the two sides saw Real cruise to a 5-0 aggregate victory in the Copa del Rey semifinals in January.

That win went a long way to avenging the extra-time defeat to Atleti in last year's Copa final and Carlo Ancelotti's men have been in supreme form in La Liga recently.

The last time the Italian witnessed his side lose a league match was a 2-1 defeat to Barcelona in the Clasico at the end of October.

Since then Real has dropped points on just two occasions and another win against Simeone's charges would cement its title ambitions.

Furthermore, Real heads into the encounter on the back of a 6-1 demolition of Schalke in their Champions League last-16 first-leg encounter on Wednesday.

Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo all notched twice in that match, and the Portuguese returns to league action after serving a three-match ban for a red card in the 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao at the start of February.

That means Sami Khedira (knee) remains the only absentee for Real, while Atleti have no any fresh injury worries, as they look for a swift response to the 3-0 defeat at Osasuna last weekend.



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13Thibaut CourtoisGoalkeeper
2Diego GodínDefender
3Filipe LuisDefender
20JuanfranDefender
23MirandaDefender
4Mario SuárezMidfielder
6KokeMidfielder
8Raúl GarcíaMidfielder
10Arda TuranMidfielder
14GabiMidfielder
19Diego CostaStriker
1Dani AranzubiaGoalkeeper
12Toby AlderweireldDefender
22Emiliano Insúa Defender
11Cristian RodríguezMidfielder
21Diego RibasMidfielder
24José SosaMidfielder
7AdriánStriker
9David VillaStriker
25Diego López RodríguezGoalkeeper
3PepeDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
11Gareth BaleMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
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Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
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Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
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Atl. Madrid
26 4
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
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Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
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Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
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Barcelona
17 0