Real Madrid Vs Atletico Madrid Preview 26 th November 2011 – 19:00 GMT Santiago Bernabeu Real Madrid look to make it six out of six home victories this season, as they stage host to struggling local rivals Atletico Madrid in this eagerly anticipated Saturday evening kickoff at the Santiago Bernabeu. The city of Madrid divides again for the season, as first placed Real Madrid look to remain undefeated at the Bernabeu in which has become their stronghold this season. Lying in ninth position, 15 points behind rivals Real, Atletico Madrid look to overcome a horrific start to their away campaign as they are yet to record a win and will be out looking to produce an upset. Atletico star Diego was not full of confidence ahead of the derby, conceding it would be a huge ‘surprise’ if Atletico were to produce an upset, after Real’s sublime recent form. Real Madrid are currently in pole position in the league table with 28 points from 11 matches, three ahead of defending champions Barcelona, who are second. In the process they have been clinical scoring 44 goals, with potentially the two most inform strikers Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema sharing 18 goals between them, as well as prolific as ever Cristiano Ronaldo on 14 goals in their ranks. Real’s Midfielder Sami Khedira is urging his team to play with ‘fast, aggressive pressure’ in order to maintain a terrific defensive record for Real Madrid this season. They have only conceded nine goals this term and will look to continue this solid defensive record and keep a clean sheet against an
Atletico team desperately searching for goals away from home having failed to score in 80% of away games so far. In addition, 12 of the 16 goals conceded by Atletico have been away from home. Which can be a difficult stat to be true entering any away game but facing a free flowing Real Madrid side looking to maintain winning ways, Atletico face a very tough task on Saturday evening. The inability to convert home form into away games is a crucial issue for Atletico to address. Key playmakers Arda Turan and Diego will have to be at their best to test a very confident Real. Although they will desperately seek top goal scorer Radamel Falcao (8Goals) to be beat a late fitness test in order to play. A boost for Atletico Madrid is that the main Real assist maker Angel Di Maria (11assists) is doubtful due to a torn hamstring occurred during Real’s 7-1 Thrashing of Osasuna. Atletico will have to be in top form if they are to end a 12 year wait to defeat Real and will see no better opportunity to kick start their own season with a win at the expense of bitter rivals. The Madrid derby never fails to provide entertainment, having been 20 goals scored in the previous six meetings alone. With Real and Atletico Madrid edging out Valencia and Levante respectively in their previous fixtures, both clubs will be seeking all three points in what looks likely to be a very exciting derby.
Real take Madrid derby day honours Real Madrid continued their successful run of form in a 4-1 victory over rivals Atletico in the El Derbi Madrileño.
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