Atletico Madrid vs. Real Madrid: La Liga – Match Preview

The first Madrid derby of the season takes place on Saturday as Atletico host their city rivals Real.

Atletico Madrid secured a much needed win in mid-week with a 2-0 win away at Real Mallorca.

Diego Costa’s strike was doubled by summer signing Joao Felix to send Atletico into third.

Real Madrid have won three in a row and are the early La Liga leaders despite the immense pressure on manager Zinedine Zidane.

The Brazilian duo of Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo scored the goals in a comfortable home victory over Osasuna.

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La Liga form: Atletico Madrid W3 D1 L1; Real Madrid W3 D2 L0
La Liga top scorers
Atletico Madrid – Joao Felix & Vitolo 2 goals each
Real Madrid – Karim Benzema 5 goals

Team news
Alvaro Morata will miss the weekend’s action after picking up two yellow cards against Real Mallorca.

Thomas Lemar is expected to start on the left, with Felix moving up front.

Nacho will continue at left-back with both Ferland Mendy and Marcelo out.

Luka Modric is unlikely to be fit enough, meaning James Rodriguez will feature further forward.

Expected starting XI’s
Atletico Madrid (4-4-2): Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Giminez, Lodi; Koke, Saul, Partey, Lemar; Costa, Felix
Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Nacho; Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Rodriguez, Hazard; Benzema

Predictions

Result: Atletico Madrid (7/5 with 888 Sport)

Correct Score: 1-0 (7/1 with Betfair)

Anytime Goalscorer: Jose Giminez (18/1 with Betfair)

Odds correct at time of article (27/09, 17:20), they are subject to change

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