The hosts outweigh their supposedly superior rivals.
The Madrid derby perhaps doesn’t have as much history as El Clasico, but with Atletico Madrid the reigning La Liga champions their clash with city rivals Real Madrid certainly has more of a competitive edge than it has in the past.
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Los Blancos lead the Spanish champions by seven points at the top of the table currently, but with Atleti having home advantage at the Vicente Calderon Stadium there is no reason they can’t triumph in this one.
Ahead of the clash CaughtOffside has picked out a combined XI of players available to either side and in the best form. See if you agree.
GK – Miguel-Angel Moya, Atletico Madrid
With Thibaut Courtois returning to parent club Chelsea over the summer a new goalkeeper was a priority for head coach Diego Simeone and he signed two. Despite the fact Moya was expected to play second fiddle to Jan Oblak he has proven he is first choice and looks a more reliable prospect that opposite number Iker Casillas.
RB – Juanfran, Atletico Madrid
A tough call at right-back with Daniel Carvajal having made the position his own for Madrid ahead of Alvaro Arbeloa, but with his superior experience and superb form so far this season we have to give it to Juanfran.
CB – Raphael Varane, Real Madrid
With Sergio Ramos injured Varane gets another rare opportunity at centre-back despite the fact many believe the France international is more superior to the two men ahead of him and he gets into our XI ahead of youngster Jose Gimenez.
CB – Diego Godin, Atletico Madrid
Filling our other spot in central defence is a Uruguay international who was hugelu influential as Atletico won the title last term and has been equally as strong this time around and beats Pepe into the team.
LB – Guilherme Siqueira, Atletico Madrid
With Marcelo injured there is no guarantee whether Arbeloa or Fabio Coentrao will start at left-back and although Siqueria initially struggled in the Spanish capital he has started to look a lot stronger in recent times.