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Primera División

  • April 27, 2013
  • • 19:00
  • • Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
  • Referee: Miguel Pérez Lasa
  • • Attendance: 53000
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Atletico Madrid-Real Madrid Preview: Simeone's side eye derby success against distracted Blancos

Atletico Madrid-Real Madrid Preview: Simeone's side eye derby success against distracted Blancos

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Los Colchoneros will be out to end a 14-year wait for a win over their crosstown rivals in a Liga encounter that is set to be a dress rehearsal for next month's Copa del Rey final

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

ATLETICO MADRID

Courtois
Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Luis
Garcia, Gabi, Suarez, Koke
Costa
Falcao
REAL MADRID

Lopez
Nacho, Albiol, Carvalho, Coentrao
Pepe, Modric
Callejon, Kaka, Benzema
Higuain

Atletico Madrid midfielder Tiago has returned to training after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a muscle injury and may be included on the bench against Real Madrid on Saturday.

Diego Costa has had his yellow card against Sevilla overturned on appeal by the Spanish football federation and is eligible to play, but Arda Turan (ankle) is a doubt.

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho will rest several players with an eye on Tuesday's Champions League semi-final second leg against Borussia Dortmund.

Defenders Alvaro Arbeloa (back) and Marcelo (muscle tear) are definitely out but Michael Essien (hamstring) could return, while Xabi Alonso is available after missing the win over Betis through suspension.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Atletico Madrid are on a five-match unbeaten run in La Liga, winning three.
  • Los Colchoneros have lost their last nine encounters against Real Madrid.
  • With just 25 goals conceded in their 32 Liga outings this season, Atletico boast the best defensive record in the Primera Division.
  • Real Madrid have won just one of their last four away games in all competitions.
  • The Castilian side's 4-1 loss at Borussia Dortmund was Jose Mourinho's biggest defeat as coach in 106 Champions League games.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured, right) has scored six goals in his last three Madrid derbies.

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Available Squads
28Thibaut CourtoisGoalkeeper
2Diego GodínDefender
-Filipe LuisDefender
20JuanfranDefender
23MirandaDefender
4Mario SuárezMidfielder
6KokeMidfielder
8Raúl GarcíaMidfielder
14GabiMidfielder
9Radamel FalcaoStriker
-Diego CostaStriker
25Sergio AsenjoGoalkeeper
6Cata DíazDefender
48Emiliano Insúa Defender
5TiagoMidfielder
21Cristian RodríguezMidfielder
-Oliver TorresMidfielder
21AdriánStriker
13Diego López RodríguezGoalkeeper
3PepeDefender
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
18Nacho FernándezDefender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
8KakáMidfielder
-Michael EssienMidfielder
7Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
29MorataStriker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
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 striker has enjoyed another fine season and is La Liga's third highest scorer after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. With Real Madrid likely to rest their first-choice defenders in order to prioritise the Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund, Falcao will hope to lead his team to a long-awaited win over their great rivals.
Gonzalo Higuaín
Gonzalo Higuaín
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Argentina international has not had the best of seasons and - aside from setting up Cristiano Ronaldo's solitary goal - was largely ineffective against Dortmund. Higuain will look to do better at the Vicente Calderon and help extend Madrid's long unbeaten run against Atletico.
Prediction
Given Real will probably be more occupied with plotting a comeback against Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday, there may not be a better opportunity than this for Atletico to end their 14-year hoodoo in Madrid derbies. The Colchoneros possess the defensive concentration and the attacking thrust to outdo a second-string Real line-up and secure a historic victory.
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