Atletico Madrid will welcome their city rivals, Real Madrid to the Wanda Metropolitano for a crucial La Liga encounter on Sunday. 

Atletico are first on the La Liga table – five points above third-placed Real Madrid and with a game in hand. They will be looking to stretch their lead with a win at home on Sunday. 

Following a run of three competitive games without a win, Atletico claimed a morale-boosting 2–0 victory away at Villarreal last time out. A second straight league win will take them closer to a first La Liga title since the 2013/2014 season. 

Meanwhile, Real Madrid toughed out a 1–1 draw with Real Sociedad on Monday. The league champions were on the brink of a loss but an 89th-minute Vinicius strike helped them secure a point. 

The draw ended Madrid’s four-game winning run and Zidane will be hoping his side can return to winning ways quickly. 

Madrid defeated Atletico 2–0 in the pair’s first league meeting of the season in December and a repeat performance will further heat up the title race.

Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: Picture of Atletico Madrid players

Team News

Atletico Madrid: Yannick Carrasco, Gimenez and Trippier will not be available for the game. Carrasco and Gimenez are sidelined with muscle injuries, while Trippier is facing suspension. 

Real Madrid: Eden Hazard is injured again and will not be available. Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal, Militao and Mariano are also sidelined, while Karim Benzema is under assessment and could be match–fit before Sunday.

Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: Picture of Atletico Real Madrid players

Prediction

Atletico are winless in their last nine competitive games against Madrid, drawing five and losing four, including that 2–0 loss earlier in the season. 

Madrid are currently in better form and should be good enough against their rivals, who have won just two of their last five games. 

You can double chance Real Madrid for a win or draw on Sunday.