Reigning European and LaLiga champions Real Madrid make the brief experience to face town rivals Atletico on Sunday in a bid to make it 9 wins from 9 this season.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men required two late desires to hold their perfect begin going against RB Leipzig in midweek.
And they again appear set to be barring talismanic striker Karim Benzema this weekend as he continues to rest a knee hassle that induced him to come off simply half an hour into their 3-0 win at Celtic the week before.
Diego Simeone’s facet were the last team to beat Los Blancos, doing so late last season however are coming into this off a tough Champions League loss at Bayer Leverkusen.
And with Joao Felix on a barren run and the odd circumstances surrounding Antoine Griezmann’s relegation to the substitute’s bench continuing, the Rojiblancos will want to increase their game to secure victory.
Griezmann made his generic appearance off the bench in midweek and appears likely to stay there for this necessary derby clash as Atletico and Barcelona argue over the phrases of his loan deal.
But Simeone’s bigger fear right now may be over the form of Felix, who has no longer scored all season.
Both he and Alvaro Morata should be dropped in favour of a extra dynamic strikeforce against Real with Angel Correa and Matheus Cunha pushing for starts, although reports advocate Correa will play in midfield alongside Koke and Geoffrey Kondogbia.
Real boss Ancelotti has used a couple of different options up front whilst Benzema has been out with Eden Hazard probably the preference on Sunday after he was given a break in midweek.
Toni Kroos will come returned into the beginning XI — possibly at the price of Eduardo Camavinga — to play alongside Luka Modric and Aurelien Tchouameni in Ancelotti’s engine room.
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