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  • 11 April 2012
  • • 21:00
  • • Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
  • Referee: Carlos Delgado Ferreiro
  • • Attendance: 53000
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Atletico Madrid - Real Madrid Preview: Los Blancos aim to get title bid back on track as they travel across the capital

Atletico Madrid - Real Madrid Preview: Los Blancos aim to get title bid back on track as they travel across the capital

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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


PROBABLE LINEUPS

ATLETICO MADRID

Courtois
Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe
Gabi, Suarez
Adrian, Diego, Arda
Falcao
REAL MADRID

Casillas
Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo
Khedira, Xabi Alonso
Higuain, Ozil, Ronaldo
Benzema

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.



DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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 their city rivals.
  • Sunday's draw against Valencia was only the third time this season that Real Madrid have dropped points at home in La Liga.
  • Real Madrid have 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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Available Squads
28Thibaut CourtoisGoalkeeper
-Filipe LuisDefender
20JuanfranDefender
14L. PereaDefender
2Diego GodínDefender
5TiagoMidfielder
10Arda TuranMidfielder
14GabiMidfielder
22Diego RibasMidfielder
21AdriánStriker
9Radamel FalcaoStriker
25Sergio AsenjoGoalkeeper
15Álvaro DomínguezDefender
12Paulo AssunçaoMidfielder
-Fran MéridaMidfielder
6KokeMidfielder
9PizziStriker
-Pedro MartínStriker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
3PepeDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
8KakáMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
1AdànGoalkeeper
33Raúl Albiol Defender
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
25Esteban GraneroMidfielder
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
7José Callejón Striker
Players to Watch
Radamel Falcao
Radamel Falcao
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Colombian was rested for the weekend loss against Levante so he should be fully fit and ready for the Madrid derby. Sergio Ramos should return to the starting XI for Real Madrid so it should be a very interesting battle between the Atletico striker and the opposition centre-backs.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
30 31 4 1
Ronaldo is just one goal away from reaching a tally of 50 for the season and will be disappointed by his weak performance at the weekend. He will reach that goal target its just a matter of time so beware Atletico.
Prediction
Real Madrid are not firing on all cylinders at the moment so one of the last things they would be wanting is a tough trip across the city for the derby. However, Atletico are reeling from a damaging defeat to Levante at the weekend so their confidence will not be great. Expect the attacking prowess of the Real Madrid frontline to power them to a narrow victory.
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