Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu will host a highly-anticipated local derby between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Los Blancos are eager to get their revenge on Diego Simeone’s troops for the Copa del Rey defeat and we are positive that they will leave their hearts on the field. All David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois are sidelined with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team.
Los Rojiblancos, on the other hand, are on a three-game winning run after surviving Rayo Vallecano in yet another local derby. Atletico Madrid, though, have suffered three defeats in the previous four away matches, which is the main reason why we are going to bet on Carlo Ancelotti’s charges. Alvaro Morata has joined the likes of Jose Gimenez and Cesar Azpilicueta in the recovery room, while Thomas Lemar remains doubtful and the French midfielder will be assessed ahead of the kick-off.
Highlighted Player (Toni Kroos):
Toni Kroos is a Real Madrid midfielder who started playing for Bayern Munich II at senior level. He made 13 appearances for the reserve team and on 31 January, 2009 he joined Bayer Leverkusen on loan. He made his Bayer debut on 28 February, 2009, coming as a substitute in a 1-0 loss to Hannover.
The German midfielder scored ten goals in 43 league appearances with the BayArena outfit and in the summer of 2010 he returned to Bayern Munich. Kroos won three Bundesliga trophies with the mighty Bavarian giants (2007/2008, 2012/2013, 2013/2014) and in 2013 he was part of Bayern Munich’s team that won the Champions League trophy.
In 2014, though, he decided to leave the club and the German superstar joined Real Madrid on a six-year-contract. Kroos won the 2015/2016 Champions League trophy with los Blancos and it has to be noted that he produced a thrilling performance in the title game against Atletico Madrid. In 2014 he clinched the FIFA World Cup trophy with Germany.
Highlighted Team (Atletico Madrid):
Atletico Madrid are a Spanish team that plays in Primera Division (La Liga). Los Rojiblancos or los Colchoneros play their home matches at Estadio Vicente Calderon, which holds up to 54,960 spectators. Atletico Madrid have won 10 La Liga titles, but they have yet to lift the European Cup (Champions League) trophy.
Los Rojiblancos have won 10 Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup) trophies and it has to be noted that they defeated their bitter local rivals Real Madrid in the 2012/2013 Spanish Cup final. The rivalry between the two capital clubs is pretty big and El Madrileno is regarded as one of the most exciting derbies in the world football.
Atletico Madrid played two Champions League finals under Diego Simeone, but they failed to beat Real Madrid in the title games (2013/2014 and 2015/2016). However, the Argentine tactician helped Atletico Madrid win the La Liga trophy in 2014 and, no doubt, he is one of the most successful coaches in the history of the capital club.