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La Liga champions Real Madrid will be looking to dent Atletico Madrid’s top-four hopes when they travel to the Wanda Metropolitano for the 229th Madrid derby on Sunday evening. While spirits in the Los Blancos camp are high after beating Manchester City in midweek to reach the Champions League final, Atletico head into this contest after failing to win or score in their last two league games. This time last year, Atletico Madrid were sitting two points clear of both Barcelona and Real Madrid at the top of the table before going on to pick up a point against the former and win their remaining three fixtures to seal the La Liga title.
However, Diego Simeone’s men are now sitting 20 points behind newly-crowned champions Los Blancos and still have work to do if they are to qualify for the Champions League. Los Colchoneros have dropped eight points in their last four matches and have lost their last two games away from home, including the 2-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao last weekend. Atletico currently sit fourth in the table, three points clear of fifth-placed Real Betis, but with challenging fixtures against Real Madrid, Sevilla and Real Sociedad still to come, Simeone’s side will need to be on top of their game if they are to remain in the top four. Heading into Sunday’s derby, Atletico have failed to win any of their last 12 domestic meetings against Real, dating back to February 2016 when they won 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Madrid enjoyed another memorable European night on Wednesday as they produced a historic comeback win to beat Man City 6-5 on aggregate and progress to the Champions League final. Los Blancos were a goal behind and 5-3 down on aggregate heading into stoppage time in the second leg, but a dramatic brace from substitute Rodrygo forced the tie into extra time, before Karim Benzema converted from the penalty spot to set up a showpiece event with Liverpool in Paris on May 28. Just four days earlier, Carlo Ancelotti and co wrapped up the La Liga title with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Espanyol. The Italian boss has now become the first manager to win the domestic title in each of Europe’s so-called top-five leagues (La Liga, Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1).
Real are essentially playing for pride in their final four league fixtures, but they are sure to be fired up for Sunday’s Madrid derby as they bid to get one over their rivals and dent their top-four hopes. Los Blancos, who claimed a 2-0 home win over Atletico in the reverse fixture, have the best away record in the division so far this season, winning 13 and drawing two of their 17 matches on the road. They are also undefeated in their previous four meetings at the Wanda Metropolitano, claiming three draws and one victory. Atletico Madrid pair Joao Felix and Thomas Lemar both remain sidelined with hamstring injuries, but the former has stepped up his recovery and is hoping to return to first-team action in two weeks’ time.
Defensive duo Mario Hermoso and Reinildo will both serve one-match suspensions this weekend due to an accumulation of yellow cards, but Stefan Savic is available to return from his own one-game ban and is set to start at centre-back alongside Jose Gimenez and Felipe. Geoffrey Kondogbia and Hector Herrera were both handed starts in centre-midfield last time out, but Koke and Rodrigo De Paul are expected to replace them this weekend. Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez, Angel Correa, Matheus Cunha and Yannick Carrasco will all be battling to start in attack, with three of these forwards set to get the nod on Sunday.
As for Real Madrid, Eden Hazard continues to recover from a leg injury, while David Alaba (hamstring), Eder Militao (knock) and Gareth Bale (back) are all doubtful and will be assessed ahead of kickoff. Casemiro started at centre-back in the win over Espanyol last weekend, and either the Brazilian or Jesus Vallejo could play alongside Nacho Fernandez at the heart of the defence if both Alaba and Militao are not deemed fit to start. Ancelotti is unlikely to make too many changes in midfield and attack, but either Federico Valverde or Eduardo Camavinga could start in centre-midfield along with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric if Casemiro does drop back into defence. After coming off the bench to net two crucial goals in midweek, in-form winger Rodrygo – who has scored six goals in his last six appearances – will be hoping to force his way into the first XI alongside Benzema and Vinicius Junior.
More than bragging rights are on the line for Atletico Madrid on Sunday when it hosts Real Madrid in El Derbi Madrileño in the Spanish La Liga. Atletico (18-7-9) need to keep gaining points to hold on to its fourth-place position in La Liga’s table and secure a Champions League spot for next season. It is three points clear of Real Betis with four games left, but it has a very tough remaining schedule. Real (25-6-3) clinched its 35th La Liga title last weekend with a 4-0 win against Espanyol. It could rest some players after an exhilarating but draining Champions League victory over Manchester City on Wednesday to advance to the final. But this is a fierce rivalry, so Real should be looking for a victory even with nothing else to play for.
Los Rojiblancos have a prime opportunity to end a long losing streak to their bitter rivals. Real is either going to rest some key players or have some very weary men on the pitch. The latter is expected, but either way, it sets up well for Atletico. And it won the league title last season, so it certainly has talent. Angel Correa and Luis Suarez share the team lead with 11 goals apiece, while Yannick Carrasco and Matheus Cunha have scored five times. All will be vying to start for Atletico, which will get strong backing from the home crowd and has lost just twice there.
Joao Felix (eight goals) is likely out with a hamstring issue, but Antoine Griezmann (three goals, two assists) makes things happen in attack. Atletico’s defense has been a sore spot most of the season, yielding 41 goals in the 34 matches. But manager Diego Simeone has shifted his tactics, and the unit has conceded just seven over the past 10 games. The squad has yielded the fewest shots (304) and shots on target (83) in La Liga. Real had just seven shots and three on net in the December meeting but won 2-0. Atletico also has scored the third-most goals (59).
It isn’t clear how manager Carlo Ancelotti will play it Sunday, but he could go after a win in this rivalry match and rest his players later. That would mean Karim Benzema (league-high 26 goals) and Vinicius Junior (14) would be out there. Rodrygo could join them — or play a bigger role if either sits out — after scoring two huge goals in Wednesday’s UCL victory. Rodrygo has six goals in his last six appearances. Benzema has scored at least once in 12 of his last 14 matches in all competitions, including the winner on a penalty kick against Man City. He also leads La Liga with 11 assists.
Los Blancos also have a superb midfield, with veterans Toni Kroos and Luka Modric setting up the attackers and Casemiro playing relentlessly on both ends. Los Rojiblancos haven’t won a league matchup against their rivals since 2016, with Real outscoring them 6-1 in the past four. Real is the highest-scoring team in the league (73 goals) while conceding the second-fewest goals (29). Atletico also has failed to score in five of its past six games overall, while Real has 18 goals over the same span. Los Blancos have gained one more point on the road than they have at home this season.
Atletico Madrid possible starting lineup:
Oblak; Savic, Gimenez, Felipe; Llorente, De Paul, Koke, Lodi; Carrasco, Suarez, Griezmann
Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Nacho, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius Jr