Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano
Atletico Madrid have not scored a goal against Madrid in four of their last meetings with Los Blancos.
Luis Suarez is Atletico Madrid’s top performer with 16 goals and two assists this season.
Real Madrid have won 89 times in 167 league matches against Atletico who have won just 39 times in that period.
In that period, Madrid scored 292 goals against 216 scored by Atletico Madrid.
Table-topping Atletico Madrid have been the most consistent team in Spain all season, but have faced a bad run of form in recent times.
Diego Simeone’s side dropped points against Celta Vigo, and twice against Levante in the league, before losing to Chelsea at home in the Champions League, with those league losses reducing their lead at the top to five points.
However, the returned to winning ways in fashion with an emphatic two-nil win against Villarreal in their last league outing. With Real Madrid dropping points in their own match against Real Sociedad, the host will hope to extend their lead over their rivals to eight points with a win here.
They remain in a commanding position, having played a game less than the two teams chasing them on the standings, but will not want to give their rivals any hope of catching them later in the season. So, a win will remain a priority for Diego Simeone, who are looking primed to end their title drought this season.
Possible Atletico Madrid line-ups
Jan Oblak, Stefan Savic, Felipe, Mario Hermoso, Koke, Sime Vrsaljko, Saul, Marcos Llorente, Thomas Lemar, Joao Felix, Luis Suarez.
Despite suffering an injury crisis that has threatened to derail their season, the defending champions have remained very much in the title’s reckoning and have the opportunity to close the gap on their rivals this Sunday.
Zinedine Zidane’s men are five points behind their rivals who have played a game less but hold a psychological advantage over their rivals who are yet to win or even score against them in the last four encounters. A win will see that lead reduce to two points and blow the title race wide open once again.
Los Blancos head into this tie unbeaten in their last seven competitive matches, winning five times in that period (D2). They will fancy their chances against this Atletico side who seem to crumble anytime they face Real Madrid.
Possible Real Madrid line-ups
Thibaut Courtois, Lucas Vazquez, Raphael Varane, Nacho, Ferland Mendy, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio, Isco, Vinicius Junior#
Atletico Madrid : Draw : Real Madrid :: 2.50 : 3.25 : 2.90
|Atletico Madrid Goal||Real Madrid Goal||Betting Odds|
Atletico Madrid 1-1 Real Madrid