La Liga Preview: Atletico Madrid - Real Madrid
Both sides are coming off disappointing weekend results but the Madrid derby could have major ramifications for each club when they meet on Wednesday evening.
By Martin Macdonald
Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe
Adrian, Diego, Arda
Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo
Khedira, Xabi Alonso
Higuain, Ozil, Ronaldo
Diego Simeone conducted a training session on Monday afternoon in which all but two players managed to take part in. Antonio Lopez and Silvio Pereira are still missing and are working away from the group as part of their rehabilitation from injury.
Colombian striker Radamel Falcao was rested for the match against Levante at the weekend so it is likely he will be reinstated to the starting line-up for the derby.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho will welcome back the services of Spain international defender Sergio Ramos, who returns from suspension for the match at Vicente Calderon and will likely return to the starting XI in place of Raul Albiol. Ricardo Carvalho is still injured and will miss the match.
The Portuguese tactician has warmed to the idea of starting Gonzalo Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Karim Benzema recently so it is likely all the will begin the game, with Kaka once again settling for a place on the bench.
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- The last encounter between Atletico and Real Madrid took place in November when Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a hat trick to help his side to a 4-1 victory.
- Radamel Falcao is the third top goalscorer in the league this season. The Colombian has scored 20 goals in La Liga with only Ronaldo and Lionel Messi ahead of him in the standings.
- It has been over a decade since Atletico Madrid recorded a victory over its city rival.
- Sunday's draw against Valencia was only the third time this season that Real Madrid has dropped points at home in La Liga.
- Real Madrid has scored exactly 100 goals this season in the league so far.
- Cristiano Ronaldo is just one goal away from taking his tally for the season to 50 goals.
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Top 3 Predictions
Atletico Madrid 1-3 Real Madrid CF
- 17.67 %
Atletico Madrid 2-1 Real Madrid CF
- 17.06 %
Atletico Madrid 1-1 Real Madrid CF
- 8.04 %
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||2014-03-02||Atletico Madrid 2 - Real Madrid CF 2|
|Spain - Copa del Rey (ESPC)||2014-02-11||Atletico Madrid 0 - Real Madrid CF 2|
|Spain - Copa del Rey (ESPC)||2014-02-05||Real Madrid CF 3 - Atletico Madrid 0|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||2013-09-28||Real Madrid CF 0 - Atletico Madrid 1|
|Spain - Copa del Rey (ESPC)||2013-05-17||Real Madrid CF 1 - Atletico Madrid 2|
|2014-03-02||Atletico Madrid 2 - Real Madrid CF 2||LIGA|
|2014-02-23||Osasuna 3 - Atletico Madrid 0||LIGA|
|2014-02-19||Milan 0 - Atletico Madrid 1||UCL|
|2014-02-15||Atletico Madrid 3 - Valladolid 0||LIGA|
|2014-02-11||Atletico Madrid 0 - Real Madrid CF 2||ESPC|
|22||Ángel Di María||Midfielder|
Times In EDT
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