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  • 2 December 2012
  • • 02:30
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
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Real Madrid - Atletico Madrid Preview: Simeone's side out to break derby hoodoo

Real Madrid - Atletico Madrid Preview: Simeone's side out to break derby hoodoo

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Los Rojiblancos have not beaten their crosstown rivals since 1999, but head into the 258th Madrid derby eight points clear of Jose Mourinho's charges in the Liga standings

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

REAL MADRID

Casillas
Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao
Khedira, Alonso
Di Maria, Modric, Ronaldo
Benzema
ATLETICO MADRID

Courtois
Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe
Gabi, Suarez
Koke, Costa, Turan
Falcao

Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol will miss Saturday's crunch meeting with Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The defender suffered an ankle injury in the 3-0 Copa del Rey win over Alcoyano and joins Gonzalo Higuain, Marcelo and Michael Essien on the sidelines.

Coach Jose Mourinho is likely to recall all his big guns for the clash but will have to choose between Mesut Ozil and Luka Modric to fill the creative midfield role.

Thibaut Courtois has recovered from a bout of illness and will start in goal for Atletico.

Winger Cristian Rodriguez (thigh) is almost certain to miss out, but Mario Suarez is available after serving a one-match suspension.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Madrid have won just three of their last six matches in all competitions (W3, D2, L1).
  • Los Merengues have averaged 3.3 goals in their six home Liga fixtures this season - the highest in the Primera Division.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured, right) has scored five goals in his last two appearances against Atletico Madrid.
  • Atletico Madrid are on a five-match winning run across all competitions.
  • Los Colchoneros have lost 17 of their last 23 meetings with Real, with the rest being draws.
  • Atletico have not held this big a lead in the points table over Real heading into a Madrid derby since the 1995-96 season, when the former went on to win La Liga.

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