Atlético Madrid will take on crosstown rivals Real Madrid Sunday afternoon in what’s being referred to as a “decaffeinated” Madrid Derby.
Neither team faces much pressure in their respective midweek European ties, as Madrid have a 3-0 lead on Juventus and Atlético hold a 2-0 advantage over chaos-stricken Sporting Clube de Portugal. In addition, it’s essentially a playoff for second place at the Santiago Bernabéu with Barcelona all but certain to snare the league title. However, los blancos will be looking for just their second win in the past 10 league derbies, and los colchoneros have not lost at the Bernabéu in LaLiga since 2012.
Diego Simeone’s men are slowly getting back to full health. Šime Vrsaljko is in the squad and will probably start considering Juanfran played all 90 minutes against Sporting on Thursday. José Giménez’s ankle continues to give him problems though, and he’ll have to sit this one out. Diego Costa will also get his first action in el derbi since his early exit in the 2014 Champions League final — the last time he played in a league derby in the Bernabéu, he did this.
Oblak; Vrsaljko, Savić, Godín, Lucas; Thomas, Koke, Gabi, Saúl; Griezmann, Costa.
Real Madrid 0-1 Atlético Madrid.
How to watch
Date: April 8, 2018
Location: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain
Kickoff time: 16:15 CEST, 15:15 GMT/BST, 10:15 a.m. EST, 7:15 a.m. PST
SB Nation opposition blog: Managing Madrid
Available TV/streaming: beIN LaLiga (Spain), Sky Go, Sky Sports Red Button (United Kingdom), beIN Sports, beiN Sports en Español, fuboTV (United States), beIN Sports 2 (France), Futbol 1 (Ukraine), QQ Sports Live (China)
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