Zinedine Zidane will be bossing his first Madrid derby as Real Madrid coach on Saturday as his team host city rivals Atletico in a mouthwatering matchday 26 showdown at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Zidane will be facing a fiery test since he took over the Spanish giant managerial job in January, starting with a 5-0 thrashing of Victor Sanchez Deportivo lead team in the match day 18 clash that took place at Bernabeu.
However, Atletico Madrid will looking for their first win as they were held to a draw in the previous two matches, with the recent one happening at the Champions League round of 16 showdown in Netherlands against PSV. Moreover, they have failed to score in each of those matches starting with a 0-0 draw against Villarreal last weekend.
Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid: Recent Form
In the last 10 games, Real have gathered 24 points by winning seven matches and sharing points in three. While Atletico Madrid gathered a total 16 points from their last 10 league games, winning 4 and drawing our and losing two matches, one of which came against Barcelona at Camp Nou.
Real Madrid: Team News
Castilla Young Midfielder and Zidane son trained with the senior team ahead of Saturday clash alongside Carlso Abad, Marcos Llorente, and Norwegian prodigy Martin Odegaard. These young stars joined the fray amidst the team injury issue with top players like Bale, Pepe, Marcelo and Benzema. However the French striker is reported to have returned to light training with the squad, but still far away from full match fitness.
Real Madrid: Predicted Line-Up (4-3-3)
Navas- Nacho, Ramos, Danilo, Carvajal – Modric, Kroos, Kovavic – Isco, Jese, Ronaldo
Atletico Madrid- Team News
Stefan Savic is the recent name to join Diego Simeone’s injury list. Th centre back was reported to have suffered muscle injury after their round of 16 UCL clash with PSV. Already on the injury list is Tiago Mendes and the 22 year old Belgium international Yannick Carrasco.
Atletico Madrid– Predicted Line-Up (4-4-2)
Oblak- Felipe, Godin, Jose, Juanfran- Saul, Gabi, Koke, Torres- Torres, Antoine
Real Madrid Vs. Atletico Madrid: Head-To-Head Stats
The first leg of this season’s La Liga clash between the two sides ended in a 1-1 draw at the Calderon. However, Diego Simeone has got a better record over Real Madrid in the last few ecounters. Atletico has commanded 4 wins, drawn 4 and lost 2 in the last 10 Madrid derbies.
Real Madrid Vs. Atletico Madrid: Prediction
Real last lost to their neighbor at the Bernabeu in the beginning of 2014/2015 season. Tiago Mendez and Arda Turan were on the score sheet with the only Real Madrid goal coming from Penalty kick taken by Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, Real form under Zidane has been impeccable with the side scoring twenty goals and conceding 3.
Atletico will be facing a free scoring Bernabeu Madrid, but I will still be expecting a tight encounter and a slim win from any of the two side.