Real Madrid will host the city rivals, Atletico Madrid, at the Estadio Santiago Bernebeu in Madrid on Saturday, Feb. 27, starting 4 PM local time.
Real Madrid have found it difficult to beat Diego Simeone’s men in the recent years. As per the Goal reports, the Los Blancos have not beaten their rivals in any of their last five games. The source notes that this is the longest run without a win against them in history.
The hosts are trailing Atletico by one point in the La Liga table with 13 more games to go. Atletico continue to produce consistent performances as they are now second placed in the league team standings. The Las Blancos are nine-points behind reigning champions Barcelona. The Catalonians are in a terrific form this season and are comfortably seating at the top.
Cristiano Ronaldo feels positive about their chances in the upcoming Madrid derby. “Football is full of surprises and anything can happen,” the Portugal international told Mahou. “You have to fight until the end.
“I hope that it will be a great game on Saturday and that Real Madrid can win.”
As per the Playingfor90 reports, Madrid will be without Gareth Bale and Pepe as part of their team combination. However, Karim Benzema and Marcelo are expected to join the team on Saturday despite their unavailability during the training sessions.
Atletico Madrid will hope to get a good start on Saturday. With each game they are inching closer to the La Liga title. But their recent results against Villareal, which ended in a scoreless draw as well as the Champions League draw against PSV, have raised some doubts.
The visiting team will be without winger Yannick Ferreira Carrasco and Tiago, while Stefan Savic remains doubtful for the upcoming clash.
Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid, La Liga 2016
Date: Saturday, 27 February 2016
Time: 3 PM GMT, 4 PM Local Time
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Live Stream: BT Sport