RM vs ATL Dream11: Atletico Madrid make the short trip across the city to take on Real Madrid in the derby game. Sitting atop the table, Atletico Madrid holds a 5-point lead over 4th placed, Real Madrid. The Los Rojiblancos are yet to lose a game in the La Liga this season and have faced the likes of Barcelona, Cadiz and Real Betis. They are also unbeaten in 11 games since they lost 4-0 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. The home side has been quite poor this season with 5 losses across all competitions, however, a timely 2-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach has seen them qualify from their group. Real Madrid has overcome a 1-1 draw to Villareal and a disappointing 2-1 loss to Deportivo Alaves with an impressive 1-0 win against Sevilla. But a derby game always rings different and neither side will look into their current form too much at the moment.
Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid, LaLiga Santander
13th December, 1:30 am (IST)
Alfredo Di Stefano, Madrid
Real Madrid – WLLWW
Atletico Madrid – DWDWW
Head-to-head (last five meetings): Of the last 5 fixtures, Atletico are yet to register a win with Real Madrid winning 3 and 2 draws being played out.
Last meeting: Real Madrid 1-0 Atletico Madrid (La Liga, 1st February 2020)
Live Streaming: Facebook Live
RM vs ATL Prediction, Team News, Starting XI
A) Real Madrid Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Real Madrid has 2 confirmed absentees, which are Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic who are both out with injuries.
Doubtful: Martin Odegaard is a doubt with physical discomfort and is unlikely to feature in the RM vs ATL Dream11 Prediction.
Expected changes: Zinedine Zidane is likely to go for the same lineup that beat Borussia Monchengladbach expects for a few changes. Dani Carvajal might come in at left-back in place of Lucas Vazquez playing alongside Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos and Ferland Mendy. The midfield trio of Casemiro, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos was very impressive in midweek and should all keep their place. Marco Asensio is likely to get the nod ahead of Vinicius Junior, along with Karim Benzema and Rodrygo.
Real Madrid Starting XI (probable):
Thibaut Courtois (GK)
B) Atletico Madrid Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Manu Sanchez, Jose Gimenez and Diego Costa are injured and will not be available for selection for the derby game.
Doubtful: Diego ‘El Cholo’ Simeone does not have any doubtful players for this game.
Expected changes: Unlikely to change a winning formula, Atletico Madrid are likely to go for the same lineup that faced Salzburg. Renan Lodi may replace Mario Hermoso at left-back alongside Felipe, Stefan Savic and Kieran Trippier, ahead of Jan Oblak. The midfield of Marcos Llorente, Koke, Saul Niguez and Yannick Carrasco should remain unchanged. Luis Suarez and Joao Felix should marshal the attack the frontline in the absence of Diego Costa. Atletico went for a 3-at-the-back against Real Valladolid but should go for a more conservative approach against a side like Real Madrid.
Atletico Starting XI (probable):
Jan Oblak (GK)
RM vs ATL Today Match Prediction:
Despite Atletico Madrid’s run of form and position on the table, the bookmakers are favouring the Los Blancos for the RM vs ATL Today Match Prediction. SkyBet and 888Sport are offering odds of 13/10 for a Real Madrid win and odds of 21/10 and 43/20 respectively on a win for the away team. But it will not be as straightforward for Zinedine Zidane’s men as Atletico Madrid have only conceded 2 goals (least in the league) in their 10 La Liga games and have scored an impressive 21 goals (most in the league). Their cross-town rivals, on the other hand, will be looking for some stability a much-needed win from this game as they seek to reduce the gap on the top of the table.
RM vs ATL Dream11, Captain & Differential Picks
Captain Options –
Real Madrid –
Karim Benzema – As usual, Benzema has been excellent for Real Madrid with 8 goals and 3 assists in 13 starts so far. He also has 4 goals in 4 starts in the Champions League and his brace against Borussia Monchengladbach was single-handedly helpful in securing qualification to the next round of the Champions League.
Rodrygo – With 1 goal and 4 assists in just 5 starts, Rodrygo is likely to be given his shot after poor performances from Marco Asensio and Vinicius Junior. The 19-year-old has created 13 goal-scoring chances with a pass accuracy of about 82% and 14 successful dribbles.
Sergio Ramos – Sergio Ramos is the leader in behind who will play a vital role in this game on many levels. He has a pass accuracy of 92% and has succeeded 80% of his tackles. The Spanish international has 42 clearances and 13 interceptions which will be crucial against players like Suarez and Felix.
Atletico Madrid –
Luis Suarez – The former Barcelona man has 5 goals and 1 assist in 6 starts in the La Liga. He has a goal contribution rate average of one contribution every 72.8 minutes. His link-up with Joao Felix in the absence of Diego Costa will be a major concern for the Real Madrid defence.
Joao Felix – Joao Felix has done very well this season with 5 goals and 2 assists in the La Liga in just 6 starts and 3 goals and 6 starts in the Champions League. He has also created 22 goal-scoring chances with an 80% pass accuracy as well and 37 successful dribbles.
Marcos Llorente – The Spanish international has 5 goals and 3 assists so far with 17 goal-scoring chances created. He has also completed 24 successful dribbles on the right flank. Llorente has a shot conversion rate of 50% as well.
Differential Picks –
Marco Asensio – Marco Asensio is yet to get off the mark in all competitions but despite putting up good stats of an 86% pass accuracy with a dribble success rate of 83.5% and 92% success rate in the La Liga. He will now look to get off the mark and no better time to do it than in the Madrid derby.
Yannick Carrasco – Deputising on the left-flank, Carrasco has 2 goals in 2 starts for Atletico Madrid in La Liga. He has also created 10 goal-scoring chances with an 87% pass accuracy with 15 successful dribbles in the Spanish league. The Belgian was the man of the match in Atleti’s last game against Salzburg and scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Barcelona.