Atletico Madrid will welcome their City rivals Real Madrid to the new Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday night in the week 12 of the Spanish La Liga season 2017/18.
The Rojibalncos seem not to be getting the luck they need since they started playing in their new stadium. The drew with FC Barcelona in the La Liga but have failed to win a single game in the UEFA Champions League, they lost to English side Chelsea 2-1 on day two of the UEFA clubs competition.
Diego Simeone’s side would be expected to start re-writing their history at the Metropolitano as they host their city rivals Real Madrid, who have not made life comfortable for the mattress makers in their recent encounters.
Both sides are having 23 points with Real lying 3rd and Atletico at 4th on the league log.
Real have scored 22 goals and conceded 9, goal difference of 13.
Atletico have scored 16 goals and conceded 6, goal difference of 10.
Simeone seems not to have much of a problem as he did not have many of his squad members leaving for international duties during the international break.
He will be relying on Ghana’s Thomas Partey to continue on his recent fine form by providing the goals for the red and whites at a time that the strikers in the team seem to have gone on goals drought. Yet the Argentine coach would also pray his star man Antionne Griezmann brings to the Wanda Metropolitano his fine form.
Real won in the last game between the two sides in the La liga last season with a historic hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo. The match was played in the same week 12. Atletico would like to see the Portuguese star continuing with his bad luck of not finding the goals in the league. Ronaldo has manged to score only 2 goals so far in the Spanish La liga. But Atletico managed to win the last of the meetings between the two sides in the return leg of the semi -finals of last season’s UEFA Champions League with 2-1 after they succumbed to a three nil scoreline to their rivals with Cristiano again scoring all three goals.
Madrid have been the main obstacle for Diego and his charges in the UEFA Champions League for the past four seasons.
Real themselves have not enjoyed a smooth performance so far in the league but they were able to bounce back after loosing to Girona 2-1 when they beat Las Palmas 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeau just before the international break.
Coach Zidane would be very happy to welcome back his right back Cavajal whose absence was greatly missed by the League champions. He is also expected to enjoy the best of Ronaldo as he also stayed away from his national team’s international friendlies.
The Wanda Metropolitano is expected to be filled to capacity with all 65,000 seats been filled for the clash of the Madrid rivals. From the first day of opening the Stadium, the presence of FC Barcelona has witnessed the greatest number of people with 64,393 fans attending the 1-1 drawn match.
Real are very much away that a lose will draw them further away from the Liga title as their Arch -Rivals, FC Barcelona play low fancied side CD Leganes in a match they are also expected to win. The Blaugrana lead the La liga with 31 points.