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Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: LaLiga Match Preview, Where to watch and more

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513   //    08 Feb 2019, 22:14 IST

Karim Benzema has been in red-hot form as of late. Filipe Luis and Diego Godin will have to be keen on their senses to stop the Frenchman from doing damage.
Karim Benzema has been in red-hot form as of late. Filipe Luis and Diego Godin will have to be keen on their senses to stop the Frenchman from doing damage.

Atletico Madrid will take on Real Madrid in a rather feisty encounter in the LaLiga on Saturday. Both teams are separated by only two points in the table following Atletico's away loss to Real Betis.

Real Madrid has been riding high on momentum following their string of good performances in the Copa del Rey and in the league. The Los Blancos come into this game following their draw in the El Clasico. Both teams will require a win if they stand a chance to close down the gap on FC Barcelona. The leaders are currently seven points clear of Atletico and nine clear of Real Madrid.

Following this big game, Real Madrid has a big Champions League fixture coming up against Ajax. This is the time when Santiago Solari's man-management will come to test. 


Kickoff Information

Date: Saturday, 9th February 2019

Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid

Kickoff Time: 3:15 PM GMT, 8:45 PM IST


Form Guide

Real Madrid: W-W-W-W-D

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Atletico Madrid: W-D-W-W-L 


Where to watch

All LaLiga games are streamed live on Facebook Watch. The Madrid Derby will be available on Facebook watch and can be found on LaLiga's official Facebook page and Sportskeeda Football Facebook page. Indian viewers can also watch the action live on Sony Ten 2 and SonyLiv.


Five facts to know before the game

Atleti and Real have drawn their last four LaLiga clashes, their longest run of draws in the competition.

Atletico Madrid has lost only one of their last 10 home games against Real Madrid. (W4, D5) Their last loss came in November 2016, 0-3.

Atletico Madrid has failed to score in their last two games against Real Madrid. However, they have never gone three consecutive games without scoring against them.

Atletico Madrid has lost just one of their last 33 Madrid derbies. The only loss in between came against Madrid back in November 2016. They have kept a clean sheet in 24 of them.


Key Players

Vinicius Junior

The sleek and elegant Brazilian is the key to unlocking the tight defence of Atletico.
The sleek and elegant Brazilian is the key to unlocking the tight defence of Atletico.

The young 18-year-old Brazilian has been really good as of late. His pace and dribbling skills are really good. The only thing he lacks is the final pass. His pace would be a catalyst to unlocking the air-tight Atletico defence.

Diego Godin

A big leader, a bigger inspiration. Diego Godin's return will fuel Atletico's defensive capacity.
A big leader, a bigger inspiration. Diego Godin's return will fuel Atletico's defensive capacity.

Although it seems imminent that Diego Costa and Koke will miss the derby, Atleti has been handed a lifeline or a boost if you like. Their inspirational captain Diego Godin has returned from injury and took part in training ahead of the derby. Godin's presence in the defence will be vital for the Colchoneros.

Last Meeting: 0-0 at Santiago Bernabeu

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