Atletico Madrid meet Real Madrid on Saturday which will see Atleti’s new ground, the Wanda Metropolitano, host its first Madrid Derby since the 68,000 seater was built.
Both Madrid giants sit eight points below league leaders Barcelona almost a third of the way through the season, with third-placed Real just edging their city rivals of goal difference.
Atletico triumphed 2-1 in the last meeting between these two sides, a UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg at the Vicente Calderon,but Los Blancos got through to the final because of winning on aggregate.
Isco is expected to be fit for the match after returning to training following being sent home from international duty with a knock.
Luka Modric and Dani Carvajal are in contention while Mateo Kovacic is progressing well after sitting out for two months with an abductor tear.
Bale suffered a setback after sustaining a thigh problem following seven weeks out with a calf strain, but Zidane is not concerned by the delay in the forward’s return
Atletico Madrid are unbeaten in 11 matches in La Liga so far this season.Their coach Diego Simeone has included Koke in his squad following a thigh injury while Yannick Carrasco and Filipe Luis are doubts.
DATE : 11/18/201
TIME : 20:45 CET, 02:45pm EST, 11:45am Pacific,1:15am IST.
VENUE : Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain.
Best MatchFacts (opta):
1. This will be the 161st La Liga derby between Atletico and Real Madrid. Los Blancos have won over half of the fixtures so far, with 86 victories.
2. Atletico have only lost one of their last eight league derbies against Real Madrid (four wins, three draws), although that was a 3-0 defeat in the sides’ last Liga meeting at the Vicente Calderon.
3. This will be the first derby between Atletico and Real Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano. Atletico failed to win their first league derby at both the Vicente Calderon (2-2 in 1967) and at the old Metropolitano (a 3-0 loss in 1929).
4. Atletico have conceded 83% of their goals from headers in La Liga this season (five out of six), the highest percentage of any team.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored six goals in his last four games against Atletico in all competitions.
6. Zinedine Zidane has lost more games against Atletico than against any other side as Real Madrid manager in all competitions (two), but he did win the first of his seven titles against them (the 2016 Champions League final).
Casilla; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema
Oblak; Juanfran, Godin, Giménez, Felipe Luis; Carrasco, Saul, Gabi, Koke; Correa, Griezmann
Real 3-2 Atletico.