5 reasons why Real Madrid will destroy Atletico Madrid tonight
Atletico Madrid welcome city rivals Real Madrid to the first edition of El Derbi at the Wanda Metropolitano tonight, with the game decidedly pivotal at even this early stage of the season.
The home side is on equal points as the visitors and they will have the chance to hang on to the coat-tails of Barcelona at the top of La Liga.
Here are 5 reasons why Los Blancos will triumph over the Rojiblancos:
#1 International duty will hamper Atletico more than Madrid
As much as professional footballers would love to deny it, the truth is that top-level players often return from an International break in need of a rest. With this international break also confirming the final spots for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Diego Simeone might have to jee up the stars who have missed out - such as Jan Oblak.
In addition, the Rojiblancos will be quite concerned about Antoine Griezmann. Multiple news outlets in Spain have reported that he has already agreed a deal to join Barcelona next summer. Atletico's French talisman has his head turned and played both games for France, so his run of middling performances in La Liga is likely to continue.
In contrast, Zinedine Zidane has plenty of fresh faces, as Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo have both enjoyed a period of rest in this international break and ought to be raring to go.