Preview: Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid

Real Madrid

Saturday’s La Liga clash between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano could have major implications in Spain’s title race.

18 November 2017
Primera Division
Kick-off: 21:45
Venue: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano

Referee: David Fernandez
Assistants: Raul Cabanero, Jose Matias
Fourth official: Juan Pena

Head-to-head summary

Atletico 59 10 15 34
Real 59 34 15 10

Previous encounter

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Real Madrid (10 May 2017) Uefa Champions League

Atletico goalscorers: Saul (12’), A. Griezmann (16’)
Real scorer: Isco (42’)

Players to watch

Antoine Griezmann has had a quiet start to the season by his own high standards and currently has just two league goals to his name in nine appearances. Atleti fans may hope that he catches fire with a top class performance against their fierce rivals this weekend.

Cristiano Ronaldo is another player on the opposite side who has yet to hit his normally prolific best form in front of goal. The Portugal superstar is trailing well behind fierce rival Lionel Messi in the domestic goalscoring stakes, and he will no doubt want to add to his single league goal.

Team form and manager quotes

For the home side, Diego Simeone has denied reports linking him with a move to Everton in the English Premier League, insisting his focus is on Atletico. He said, “I have read about it. I have said it many times – my future is linked to this club. They will have to put up with me for at least two more years.”

For Real, coach Zinedine Zidane says reports of a rift between Sergio Ramos and Ronaldo are untrue. He said, “Every now and then, for one to think one thing, and the other to say something else, it’s not a problem. If you think there’s issues between them, you’re mistaken. It’s part of life, and football, and if they’re voicing their opinions that just shows they’re alive.”

Team news

For the home team, Filipe Luis is out injured with a hamstring concern. Yannick Carrasco could return after recovering from his setback.

Isco is set to return for the visitors while playmaker Luka Modric and goalkeeper Keylor Navas miss out with injuries.