The season’s first Derbi Madrileño sees Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid in LaLiga’s top three, and this new-look Atlético are on the prowl for their first signature win.
Diego Simeone has overseen two wild comebacks against Eibar and Juventus in the young season, but scoring a win over the eternal rival would boost the side’s title aspirations. It would also grant Atleti a first league win over Real Madrid since February 2016.
Los blancos will be without a natural left back as both Marcelo and Ferland Mendy are injured — Nacho Fernández is expected to start for Zinedine Zidane. The rojiblancos, meanwhile, are fully fit — but as of this writing will be without Álvaro Morata, who was shown two yellow cards for verbal altercations on Wednesday. However, Atlético are appealing the ex-Real Madrid forward’s suspension and are hopeful he can take part in this derbi.
Oblak; Trippier, Savić, Giménez, Lodi; Saúl, Thomas, Correa, Koke; Félix, Costa
1-1. Atlético’s last home derbi win remains one of the great games of the Simeone Era, but it took place four-plus years ago. Four of the past five league meetings between the capital clubs ended in a draw. So-called conventional wisdom says this edition may not be much different — tight, fierce, very stressful.
Yet, strange things have happened in this fixture. VAR stole the headlines the last time these two met. There were, of course, the Super Cup fireworks last August. The preseason 7-3 in New Jersey. Real Madrid enter this match in a good moment and don’t feel quite like a ticking time bomb (though that can change very quickly for that club). Atlético, too, after a win at Mallorca. Fun times ahead, whatever happens!
Plus, James Rodríguez is set to start — alas, in plain white.
Jeremy’s record on the season: 4-3
How to watch
Date: Sept. 28, 2019
Location: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain
Kickoff time: 9:00 p.m. CET, 8:00 p.m. GMT, 3:00 p.m. EST, 12:00 p.m. PST
SB Nation opposition blog: Managing Madrid
Available TV/streaming: MiTele Plus, Movistar Partidazo (Spain), Premier Sports 1 (United Kingdom), beIN Sports, fubo.tv (United States), Eleven Sports 1 (Poland, Portugal), SuperSport 7 Africa (Ghana), FOX Premium (Brazil), Sportklub 1 (Serbia/Montenegro), DIRECTV Sports (Colombia), DAZN (Italy)