Real Madrid face their city rival when they make the short trip to the north of the Spanish capital to take on Atletico Madrid. Who will steal the show? And here’s when and where you can watch the match live!
Real Madrid will travel to bitter rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday afternoon knowing that a win at the Wanda Metropolitano would see them move above Diego Simeone’s side in La Liga. Atletico Madrid have been Barcelona’s closest challengers in the league this season. But their defeat at Real Betis last weekend means that Los Blancos have the chance to rise into second position in Spain’s top flight.
Santiago Solari’s men returned with a 1-1 draw from the Camp Nou in their semi-final Copa del Rey first leg with Barcelona in midweek. But Real Madrid did not have the most ideal of starts to 2019, drawing with Villarreal and losing to Real Sociedad in the league. Since then, however, their only defeat was against Leganes in the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final, which did not matter too much when considering that they still advanced on aggregate.
Ahead of Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona, Real Madrid had won five games in a row, including their last four in the league to close the ground on Atletico Madrid. Indeed, they have scored 10 times in their last four league victories, the last of which was a 3-0 success at home to Alaves last weekend.
However, Diego Simeone’s side are themselves six points behind leaders Barcelona in the league and therefore defeat would heavily damage either side’s chances of catching the Catalan giants.
Atletico Madrid’s absence from the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey means that they have had a free week ahead of this match, while they are not in Champions League last-16 action until February 20, meaning that they should be well-rested and fully focused on this weekend’s huge Madrid derby.
When and at what time is the Madrid Derby?
The Madrid Derby will be played on 9th February, Saturday and it will start at 8:45 pm India time.
Where and how to watch the live TV coverage of Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid? Which TV channel will have the match live?
The match will be broadcasted in India on Sony Ten 2 / Ten 2 HD.
What will be the likely lineups for the Madrid sides?
Atletico Madrid : Oblak, Arias, Gimenez, Godin, Hernandez, Lemar, Thomas, Rodri, Saul, Griezmann, Morata
Real Madrid : Courtois, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Vazquez, Benzema, Vinicius
It is a huge period of the season for Real Madrid when considering that they will travel to Ajax next week for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash. Solari’s side will then face Girona and Levante in the league before welcoming Barcelona for the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final at the end of this month. Fatigue might well come into it this weekend as Madrid have played a lot of football in recent weeks, but Los Blancos are full of confidence and will be desperate to return to second position in the table.
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