Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
There will be fireworks when Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid face each other in el Derbi Madrileno on Saturday evening. Los Rojiblancos suffered a heartbreaking loss to Real Sociedad in their last league fixture and, as a result, Real Madrid increased their advantage over Diego Simeone’s troops to six points. Los Blancos head into the game following a routine win over Leganes, but beating Atletico Madrid at Estadio Vicente Calderon is easier said than done. Anyhow, Zinedine Zidane’s men are just two points clear of Barcelona in the La Liga standings and we predict that the visitors will adopt an attack-minded approach in the local derby. Atletico Madrid, on the other hand, are eyeing their fifth consecutive win at home in the national championship and, taking everything into account, share of spoils appears on the horizon. It has to be noted that the two local rivals played out three draws in previous five meetings in all competitions.
Highlighted Player (Koke):
Jorge Resurreccion Merodio “Koke” has enjoyed a meteoric rise after coming through the youth ranks at Atletico Madrid, quickly becoming an important player for both club and country. Possessing impressive technical skills and very mature for his age, the highly rated midfielder is capable of covering just about any position in the middle of the park and he has been used as a central midfielder, left winger and right winger by both Diego Simeone and Vicente Del Bosque.
Koke has been a key member of one of the best generations in the history of Atletico Madrid, winning the 2013/2014 La Liga trophy and reaching the Champions League final the same year. Widely regarded as one of Europe’s best midfielders, it is only a matter of time before Koke will join an absolute top club and he is believed to be a primary target for La Liga rivals Barcelona.
While playing alongside Xavi Hernandez at the 2014 World Cup, Koke is believed to be a worthy successor of the former Catalans star in the national team now that he has retired, and with 20 Spain caps to his name, his international career is just starting.
Highlighted Team (Real Madrid):
Real Madrid is a Spanish football club based in Madrid. Real Madrid participate in La Liga (Primera Division) and they have won 32 domestic titles. On the other hand, los Blancos have won 13 European Cup titles and that is the main reason why they are considered the biggest football club in the world.
Real Madrid play their home matches at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and the capacity of the stadium is 84,454. Cristiano Ronaldo is the club’s most successful footballer in the 21st century and the Portuguese superstar has won two Golden Ball awards.
The likes of Alfredo Di Stefano, Zinedine Zidane, Raul Gonzalez Blanco, David Beckham and Iker Casillas are star players who were part of the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu outfit in the past. Real Madrid’s bitterest rivals are Barcelona, but the rivalry between local rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid is big as well. Real Madrid’s home kit is white and, as a result, the team’s nickname is los Blancos (the Whites).