Madrid derby La Liga match preview

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Atletico Madrid host Real Madrid for the first ever derby at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday night, November 18, 2017.

It should be a cracking occasion, accentuated by the recent international break.

As well as the fact that both Atletico and Real are off the pace in the La Liga title race.

Can Atletico Madrid or Real Madrid catch Barcelona?

Barcelona played at Leganes earlier on in the day and could well have opened up an 11-point lead over both the Madrid giants by kick off.

Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona have dropped just two points all season, and that was the 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid.

Both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have 23 points from the first 11 games of the season. Los Blancos lead on a +3 better goal difference.

Atletico Madrid are in better form that Real Madrid

Neither Atletico Madrid nor Real Madrid are in the form you might expect of two La Liga giants.

Atletico are struggling in the Champions League, but have lost just once all season. Diego Simeone’s side have drawn too many matches.

Real Madrid lost back to back matches for the first time under Zinedine Zidane before the international break.

Real Madrid steadied the ship somewhat with a 3-0 win over Las Palmas before the international break.

Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid early team news

Atletico Madrid have injury worries about the likes of Filipe Luis, Yannick Carrasco and Koke.

Real Madrid were rocked by an injury to Isco for Spain v Costa Rica last Saturday night.

Goalkeepers Luca Zidane and Keylor Navas are also expected to be unavailable.

Fireworks are always expected in this fixture and the first Madrid derby at the Wanda Metropolitano should be a belter.

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