The Madrid Derby – Preview

Introduction

It may not be El Classico but it’s my second favourite game in La Liga…the Madrid derby at the Bernabeu this coming Saturday . The two rivals, 10 points apart, meet this weekend in one of Spain’s biggest clashes, but British fans will not be able to watch it live due to the fact that the clash is scheduled for 3.15pm on a Saturday. The FA rules still prohibit any football being shown on television between 2:45pm and 5:15pm on a Saturday.

Midweek

Zidane made 9 changes for their midweek game giving Bale and Ronaldo a much deserved rest ahead of a busy month. Some of the games ahead include Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Leganes almost made Real Madrid pay for the risk before Morata’s 3rd and Real’s 4th early in the second half saw out their 6th win on the trot. The 4-2 victory means Real go 2 points clear of Barca with a game in hand. A player I mentioned on the pod a few weeks ago, and one to watch out for caught the eye once again. Marco Asensio could well start to make a difference in these big games.

Filipe Luis put Atletico Madrid 1-0 up at home to Real Sociedad on Tuesday night. Fernando Torres, Yannick Carrasco and Angel Correa all missed chances to add to that lead in a game they never looked like losing. As always Atletico are proving hard to break down, with 1 goal conceded in the last 6 (all comps). The defensive unit seems like it’s back to its tight best as they prepare for both Real Madrid and champions of England Leicester! Simeone commented “We’ve been playing much better, a much more balanced team, more consistent in our play.”

Injuries

Raphael Varane looks set to miss a number of crucial battles for Real Madrid, with reports on their official website confirming a ‘grade 2’ hamstring injury, with up to four weeks estimated as recovery time. Not only will Varane be missed this Saturday, but also both legs of their Champions League clash with Bundesliga titans Bayern Munich.

Atletico Madrid have confirmed that Kevin Gameiro, Nico Gaitan and Miguel Angel Moya have all sustained injuries at what is set to be a pivotal stage of their season. Atletico haven’t confirmed how long each will be out for, but all 3 are doubts for the weekend. Specifically, striker Gameiro and goalkeeper Moya have both picked up thigh problems, while Gaitan is suffering from arthritis in his toe. All 3 will undergo physiotherapy treatment, and as aforementioned, Atletico are currently unable to put a time frame on their respective recoveries

Prediction
Real Madrid 2-0 Atletico Madrid

Alavi

sofasportsnews.com

Facebook Comments