When the two great teams Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid meet on Saturday, it will be the seventh time they have faced off this year. But first time in La Liga in this season. Last season, Atlético took four points off Madrid en route to lifting the Spanish title. The loss of Di María appears particularly ill-advised. Speaking last month, Simeone refereed to his compatriot as Madrid’s best player. Both coaches are great professionals and this game will certainly greatly depend on them
But both teams have undergone significant changes over the summer, meaning there are many questions to be answered in their first meeting of the new league campaign. Atlético may have triumphed in the Spanish Super Cup just last month in a two-legged battle that was far fiercer than it had a right to be before the season had even officially gotten underway, but crucial league points will now be on the line.
On the injury front, Real's main man Cristiano Ronaldo is set to return. The Portuguese forward missed Real's last match, the 4-2 loss at Real Sociedad, with a back injury.
For Atletico, it is now much-changed team from the side who won the La Liga title last season. Diego Costa and Filipe Luis have joined Chelsea, Adrian has moved to Porto, but in their place have come the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic.
Real Madrid: Casillas; Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Kroos, Rodríguez; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo
Atlético Madrid Moyá; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Siqueira; Gabi, Tiago, Raúl Garcia, Griezmann, Koke;
Real vs Atletico. We expect win for Real Madrid and Real can score at least two goals