Atlético de Madrid vs Real Madrid, 2022 Madrid Derby: Predicted lineups
Real Madrid visit Atlético de Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano after what's been a huge week for Los Blancos, conquering the 2021-2022 La Liga title and advancing to the Champions League Final.
Atletico de Madrid predicted XI: Oblak, Vrsaljko, Giménez, Savic, Reinildo, Llorente, Kondogbia, Koke, Carrasco, Cunha, Correa.
Real Madrid predicted XI: Lunin, Vázquez, Militao, Nacho, Mendy, Camavinga, Valverde, Kroos, Asensio, Rodrygo, Benzema.
It's hard to predict Madrid's lineup for today, as Ancelotti will likely make some rotations while also trying to deploy a competitive team for the Derby against Atletico. These are always important matches, even if nothing is at stake for Los Blancos. The rivalry between the two teams is big, so big that Atletico have refused to give their neighbors the guard of honor after conquering the Liga title last week.
Ancelotti will definitely try to keep his players engaged and in good form, so a competitive match against Atletico is just what the doctor ordered.
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Time: 21:00 CEST, 03:00pm EST.
Venue: Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain.
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However, Diego Simeone's men are now sitting 20 points behind newly-crowned champions Los Blancos and still have work to do if they are to qualify for the Champions League.
Los Colchoneros have dropped eight points in their last four matches and have lost their last two games away from home, including the 2-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao last weekend.
Atletico currently sit fourth in the table, three points clear of fifth-placed Real Betis, but with challenging fixtures against Real Madrid, Sevilla and Real Sociedad still to come, Simeone's side will need to be on top of their game if they are to remain in the top four.
Heading into Sunday's derby, Atletico have failed to win any of their last 12 domestic meetings against Real, dating back to February 2016 when they won 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu.
eal Madrid come into Sunday's Madrid derby against Atletico Madrid with the comfort of already having the LaLiga Santander title wrapped up, having dethroned their cross-city rivals with four games to spare this season.
Now, Carlo Ancelotti and his side have their focus fully fixed on May 28's Champions League final against Liverpool in Paris, but they know that they can't afford to sit back and coast their way through May.
With Atletico Madrid hosting Los Blancos at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday and fighting to secure a top-four finish this season, the Spanish champions know that they'll have to be at their best if they are to escape without suffering defeat, and everybody who plays will do so in the knowledge that there is a spot in a Champions League final up for grabs.
Mario Hermoso is suspended for Los Rojiblancos, and Joao Felix and Thomas Lemar are sidelined through injury, giving Diego Simeone some tough decisions to make when it comes to naming his XI.
As for the champions, Eden Hazard continues this own recovery and both David Alaba and Gareth Bale are doubts.
Madrid Derby predicted line-ups
Atletico Madrid's predicted XI: Oblak; Savic, Gimenez, Felipe; Llorente, De Paul, Koke, Lodi; Carrasco, Suarez, Griezmann.
Real Madrid's predicted XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Nacho, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius.
Real Madrid will make the commute to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium to face their cross-city rivals Atletico Madrid on Sunday (21:00 CET).
Tomorrow’s derby is unique. It is not consequential for Carlo Ancelotti’s men, but for Diego Simeone and Atletico, a win is vital to ensure they don’t slip below the top four.
Ancelotti will likely put out only a slightly rotated side, but will likely make changes for his key players early enough to ensure his stars aren’t run into the ground before the Champions League final. The Italian coach already confirmed that Andriy Lunin will start in goal tomorrow over Thibaut Courtois, but beyond that, we’re not entirely sure who’ll be in the starting XI. Unfortunately, Dani Ceballos — a recent fan favourite with his sudden stellar performances — will be unavailable due to injury.