The Madrid classic between Atletico and Real is the great attraction of the twelfth round of the Spanish 2017/2018 Championship. It will be the first time that the duel will stage the Wanda Metropolitano, stadium that was inaugurated at the beginning of the season by Atletico. The kickoff is scheduled for 17:45.
The recent performance of Atletico Madrid
The teams have the same score in La Liga. Taking a disadvantage in the balance of goals, Atlético appear in the fourth place with 23 points (six wins and five draws). It is one of only three undefeated in the tournament. They also did not lose in the first 11 rounds Barcelona and Valencia.
Your situation is not better just because of the large number of draws. It is the second highest level of equality among the 20 teams that compete for the Spanish Championship. Only Levante, with six draws in 11 games, can overcome Atlético in that period.
At the time of pointing the main reason for this there is no doubt that is offensive production considered low. With 16 goals scored, the poor cousin of the capital has the worst performance in this aspect in comparison with the top eight placed in the tournament. His defense, however, as he has done in recent seasons, continues to compensate for this deficiency. With six goals conceded is the second best of the competition. Only Barcelona, with four goals, surpasses it.
The great drama of Atletico in the season takes place in the Champions League, where it has achieved significant results in recent years, although it has not reached the title. The team is threatened to be eliminated in the first round. With three points (three draws and one loss), he is third in Group C with Roma (eight points) and Chelsea (seven) currently owning two places in the Round of 16.
This forces the team to win the remaining two matches to ensure their survival in the tournament. The first ‘decision’ will be against Rome on 22 November. This may influence when coach Diego Simeone sets the team’s lineup to the classic. They are in the infirmary left-back Felipe Luis (seven games in season 2017/2018 of the Spanish Championship, without goal); and socks Yannick Carrasco (eight games, three goals) and Koke (eight games, two goals).
They must undergo a medical evaluation before the confrontation that will determine their possibility to play. In normal conditions of temperature and pressure, a classic against Real Madrid would be enough for the athletes and the medical department to run the risk of aggravating the injury with a hasty return. However, the need for reaction in the final stretch of the Champions League may make them more cautious.
The current form of Real Madrid
The same reasoning applies to Real Madrid, whose medical department is being very frequent at the beginning of the season. Keylor Navas (six matches in the 2017/2018 Spanish Championship), archer reserve Luca (without performances) are in the process of injury recovery; right-back Daniel Carvajal (six games, no goal); and socks Gareth Bale (five games, two goals) and Mateo Kovacic (two games, no goal).
However, coach Zinedine Zidane has received two important collaborations in stopping the tournament. The Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo (seven games, one goal) was dismissed by coach Fernando Santos from the Portuguese squad for the friendlies and can use the period to improve his physical conditioning, which is fundamental for his better performance.
The second aid was from coach Didier Dechamps of France, but not for a dispensation. He called defender Raphael Varane, who was in the final straight of recovery from injury. He allowed more time for his healing by setting him aside in a 2-0 win over Wales, using him only against Germany. He played the 90 minutes in a 2-2 draw with the current world champions. So it will probably be scaled as a starter for the classic.
With 23 points (seven wins, two draws and two losses), Real Madrid can not afford to stumble again. He is eight points clear of Barcelona, the leader of the competition, in the season in which he defends the title won in 2016/2017.
You can risk more than the rival, since your situation in the Champions League is a little better. He is in second place in Group H with seven points (two wins, one draw and one defeat). They are five more than Borussia Dortmund, third place. On November 21, Real will visit Apoel in Cyprus.
History of the matches between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid
The classic of the Spanish capital had four editions last season. For La Liga, Real made it 3-0 at the home of the rival and drew 1-1 at Santiago Bernabeu. The other two duels were for the Champions League. In their domains, Real again thrashed by 3 to 0. Then only managed the advantage and advanced to gain another title by losing to the rival by 2 to 1.
With a more solid defensive system and having the possibility of acting more conservatively waiting for the Real to take the initiative of the game, Atletico appears as the best guess option for the game with a price of 3.10 on Bet365. Draw returns 3.50 and successful visitor yields 2.20 for 1.