Real Madrid is going to host neighbours Atletico Madrid for the first capital derby of the La Liga season on Sunday night. Real Madrid is on the top of the table as the first half of the season is about to end. Real Madrid is 8 points ahead of the table second place holder Sevilla. While the champions Atletico is 10 points behind from the last year runner up Real Madrid.
David Alaba from Real Madrid hasn't missed a match since September but has recently been playing through a mild sprain, going into games with his knee taped. The Austria international is likely to once again make himself available but the largest question for Real Madrid hangs over Karim Benzema.
La Liga's top scorer and most prolific assist provider was forced off inside the opening, 20 minutes of Madrid's 2-0 win over Real Sociedad last weekend. Benzema missed the midweek victory against Inter but may have timed his recovery for Sunday.
Luis Suarez availability for this match is doubtful. Kieran Trippier has returned to training from a shoulder injury while Jose Maria Gimenez adds to the defensive absentees for Atletico Madrid. Having a long list of injuries remains the main problem for Atletico Madrid throughout this season.
Atletico was capable of winning the title last season in a tight race with Real Madrid but this season Real is in its top form from the beginning. Atletico will come on the pitch in the hope that they will decrease the points gap between them and the table topper, but it seems like a tough task for them. The prediction for the scoreline until now is Real Madrid 1- 0 Atletico Madrid.
You can watch this match in India on Mtv and Jio tv at 1:30 am on December 13, 2021.