Surprise league leaders Atletico face their toughest opponents in La Liga thus far as they travel to the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium on Saturday for the Madrid derby.
Real Madrid can now fully concentrate on league matters, and a record of six wins, two draws and three defeats from 11 matches has left them in fourth position, which is far from disastrous.
Zinedine Zidane’s charges are already six points behind leaders Atletico, who have a game in hand at the top of the division.
What time does Real vs Atletico start?
The game is set to kick off at 11pm Kenyan time at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium.
Real vs Atletico team news
Madrid will again be without the services of Eden Hazard through injury, while Luka Jovic is still sidelined.
Karim Benzema is a certainty to lead the Real Madrid attack, while Asensio and Vinicius could get the nod in the wide areas, with Rodrygo Goes expected to drop to the bench.
The visitors are still without Diego Costa, Jose Gimenez and Manu Sanchez.
Angel Correa and Lucas Torreira are both pushing for spots in the starting XI, but there are not expected to be many surprises in the side, with Luis Suarez set to be joined by Felix in the final third of the field.
Real vs Atletico head to head
Out of the 56 matches played between these two sides, Real have won 27 matches compared to Atletico’s 11 victories.
Another 18 have ended in a draw and the last time these two sides met in February, Real came out 1-0 winners courtesy of a Benzema goal.
Real vs Atletico current form
The league leaders are on a five-match winning streak while Real have won twice and lost twice out of their last five matches.
Real vs Atletico prediction
Recent games in this particular encounter have proved to produce very few goals and this one isn’t expected to be any different.
Atletico however have the best defense in the league and judging by Real’s recent form, they are likely to come out on top.