Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(100) 70 Goals 52 (63)
(69) 51 Assists 34 (42)
(6.9) 7.2 Average Ratings 7.1 (6.8)
28.7 Average Age 27.2
184.2 Average Height (cm) 184.3
(1.3) 1.6 Shots pg 1.1 (0.9)
(58%) 60% Aerial Duel Success 52% (55%)
(0.6) 0.6 Dribbles pg 0.6 (0.7)
(1.8) 1.6 Tackles pg 1.8 (2.1)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in LIGA BBVA.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Gonzalo Higuaín Out 7.25
Marcelo Out 7.03
Michael Essien Out 6.98
Raúl Albiol Doubtful 7.06
Player Reason Status Rating
Cristian Rodríguez Doubtful 6.6

Team News

  • Real Madrid's chances of retaining their title took another blow with a 1-0 defeat at Betis last weekend, but before thinking about chasing down Barcelona they must close the gap to this weekend's opponents Atleti who are currently eight points ahead of their city rivals.
  • Despite that defeat Jose Mourinho is expected to name the same side that started in Seville last weekend with the only possible alteration being Luka Modric coming in for the seemingly out of favour Mesut Ozil.
  • Karim Benzema and Fabio Coentrao will continue in the absence of Gonzalo Higuain and Marcelo respectively, whilst Michael Essien and Raul Albiol are also injury doubts.
  • Atleti continued their 100% record at the Vicente Calderon in all competitions this season with a 4-0 thrashing of nine-man Sevilla last weekend.
  • This though remains their biggest test of the season to date with the red and white half of Madrid not having celebrated a win in the derby since 1999.
  • Cristian Rodriguez is the only injury doubt after he pulled up in the 1-0 win over Real Jaen in midweek, but the Uruguayan was unlikely to start anyway with Diego Simeone being urged to stick with the strike partnership of Diego Costa and Radamel Falcao.

Prediction

  • One of the perennial fixtures of the season has been given an added spice this time round by Atleti's position ahead of Real in the table.
  • Simeone's men have showed the fight and will to win more often associated with Los Blancos so far this season to accumulate a substantial advantage over the champions and that new found determination could be enough to come away with something from the game if Real once again fail to hit top gear.
  • Atleti will always pose a threat through the likes of Falcao and Arda Turan but it is at the other end where this game will be decided. Los Rojiblancos conceded four times in each of the two derbies last season, but if Thibaut Courtois and his defence can keep Real at bay then Atleti fans may finally get the chance to party like it's 1999.
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Comments (12)

 
  • I do understand it was due to "later analysis" but his match was far from perfect, and 10 is the perfect score is it not? I thought this was a site based on statistical analysis and not based on personal opinions. His match was undeniably far from perfect, he had only 76% pass accuracy, completely missed 55.5% of his shots, only converted 11.1% of his shots. It's impossible not to compare his performance to that of Messi yesterday (hitting the bar IS missing). Ronaldo: 2 KP, 2 Drb, 1 goal, 1 assist, 76% pass acc, 11.1% chance conversion. Rating: 10.0 Messi: 3 KP, 4 Drb, 2 goals, 0 assists, 89% pass acc, 28.5% chance conversion,. Rating: 9.92 What on earth is going on here? Messi also sometimes gets his rating overrated after matches, but this site should at least be consistent on the ratings it gives. I can't understand this "after match interference". The rating should be based on what they've done only statistically, at least that's what I thought this site would be based on.

  • 10 for Ronaldo?? That's weird. Had a great game, but surely a 10 (perfect rating)for that performance is absurd, even preposterous no?

  • You should also consider, that he gave an assist and 2 of those shots hit the bar. And besides being a constant threat to Atletico's defense during the whole match, he also did a good job helping out in defense occasionally (look at his defensive statistics). Bottom line, his performance was far the best in tonight's match, his goal and assist were decisive and his attitude was also admirable. PS: my room is not filled with his posters, only trying to state facts. Also there would be like at least 15 players from Real squad that I'd prefer to meet and have an autograph than him.

  • @raphaell666 It could be that his match rating increases due to the later analysis of the match and seeing his performance in relation to others. This can only be done towards the end of the match or even when it's done (as demonstrated by the increase from 9.4 to 9.7). I didn't watch the match so I don't know if this is far but it is a proposed explanation.

  • What, how come, 10 for Ronaldo? When the match ended his rating was 9.4, then just as it ended it went to 9.7 for no reason whatsoever, and now suddenly out of the blue it goes to 10 minutes after the match ended? What on earth? This is absurd. 9 Shots for 1 goal, 11.1% chance conversion, 10 rating? Absurd.

  • @DoubleV, lol i just like Atletico, and dislike Real, why so serious? :F I don't counted for this for real. Anyway, i except more from Atletico, hope a win in rematch. After all they definitely can more.

  • WTF?????!!!!!!! WHAT A FREEKICK FROM CR7!!!!!!!!!! HALA MADRID!!!!!!!!!

  • @xavihernandez, I think you should go see a doctor, inferiority complex is a disease.

  • Maybe manita? 0:5, 4x Falcao, Arda

  • Tight game. Im excited about seeing Falcao and Arda against Real.

  • Atletico will not lose I don't think. Great game to watch...

  • A dagger in Madrid's hopes for La Liga title. 2-1 Atletico

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