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  • 19 March 2011
  • • 21:00
  • • Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
  • Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
  • • Attendance: 37000
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Atletico Madrid - Real Madrid Preview: Hosts looking for first win against arch rivals this millennium

Atletico Madrid - Real Madrid Preview: Hosts looking for first win against arch rivals this millennium



PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Atletico Madrid: David De Gea; Lopez, Godin, Perea, Ujfalusi; Garcia, Tiago, Assuncao, Reyes; Forlan, Aguero

Atletico Madrid


Real Madrid: Casillas; Marcelo, Carvalho, Pepe, Ramos; Alonso, Khedira; Di Maria, Oezil, Ronaldo; Benzema

Real Madrid




DID YOU KNOW?
  • Atletico Madrid currently occupy seventh place in La Liga. Dependent on this result and the results of other matches this weekend, they could move one place in either direction, to either sixth or eighth.
  • Atletico have picked up just two wins in their last five league matches, but have not lost any, making for the longest undefeated streak they have enjoyed since the 2008-09 La Liga season.
  • Atleti have not won a league match against their more illustrious city rivals this millennium. Their last victory came in 1999, by a 3-1 scoreline in the Santiago Bernabeu.
  • Talismanic striker Diego Forlan has found the net in three of his last four clashes with Real Madrid.
  • Filipe Luis, Juanfran and Jose Antonio Reyes have all previously turned out for Real Madrid, whilst Los Blancos have no players that have played for Los Colchoneros.
  • Real Madrid sit in second place, five points behind league leaders Barcelona, and a massive 16 points ahead of third placed Valencia, meaning that their place in the table will remain the same regardless of any results this weekend.
  • In their last five La Liga fixtures, Los Merengues have picked up 13 points, through four wins and a goalless draw against Deportivo at the Riazor.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has never scored a league goal against Atletico Madrid. They are one of just four La Liga sides that the Portuguese has faced on more than one occasion and never found the net against.
  • Karim Benzema has scored a brace in each of Los Blancos' last three games. Those six goals account for double his tally in the rest of the season, which just four weeks ago stood at three.
  • Real Madrid's goal difference this season is over 10 times that of their city rivals, standing at 47 and four respectively.
  • Real Madrid have scored 20 more goals than any side below them in the league.
  • Of their last 16 visits to the Vicente Calderon, Real Madrid have lost just one.

LAST MEETING

 

  January 20, 2011: Atletico Madrid 0-1 Real Madrid

The bitter rivals found themselves drawn against each other in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey. A single goal from Cristiano Ronaldo in the second leg was enough to seal a vital 4-1 aggregate win for Los Blancos, who have since progressed to the final of the competition.


Check out the video below to see EA Sports' FIFA 2011 simulation of the match:

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1David de GeaGoalkeeper
-Tomas UjfalusiDefender
2Diego GodínDefender
15Álvaro DomínguezDefender
3Filipe LuisDefender
4Mario SuárezMidfielder
5TiagoMidfielder
17EliasMidfielder
21ReyesStriker
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
10Diego ForlánStriker
1JoelGoalkeeper
6Antonio LópezDefender
20JuanfranDefender
14L. PereaDefender
12Paulo AssunçaoMidfielder
6KokeMidfielder
-Diego CostaStriker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
4Sergio RamosDefender
3PepeDefender
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
12MarceloDefender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
6Lassana DiarraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
25Jerzy DudekGoalkeeper
17ArbeloaDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
14Ezequiel GarayDefender
25Esteban GraneroMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
10Emmanuel AdebayorStriker
Players to Watch
Reyes
Reyes
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
21 0 5 0
A former Real Madrid player, Jose Antonio Reyes is no stranger to this derby. He has been in scintillating form lately, and if Atletico are to cause an upset, Reyes is sure to play a huge part.
Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
35 17 2 0
The former Lyon man has only recently shown his worth to Real Madrid, but has now undoubtedly justified his large price tag. He will realise what he has to do to hold onto his place in the first team, and will likely prove it in this crucial fixture.
Prediction
Real Madrid have been hugely consistent all season, and this just doesn't seem to be the year for Atleti to break their jinx against their city rivals. As long as they approach the fixture with the correct mentality, Mourinho's men should be able to record a comfortable victory.
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