Spanish Football has its first big Liga game tomorrow as part of Round 7. The divided city of Madrid will hook onto the TV around 22.00 hrs to watch the Real Madrid - Atletico de Madrid derby.

Real Madrid come in as the less in form team, with Atletico de Madrid enjoying an undefeated streak & are sharing the leadership of the Liga classification table with FC Barcelona. Atletico are favourites & seem to have finally gotten the upper hand over their city rivals after winning the Spanish Cup last season at the "Santiago Bernabeu Stadium".

However true this may be there is nothing more to "fear" than when the "enemy" is wounded. The last three games - Granada, Villareal & Elche - has seen a relatively poor Real Madrid pushed around & in occasions against the ropes as their star player Cristiano Ronaldo has needed to came to their rescue. The team is not working.

The Real Madrid defence is not solid, there are midfield issues to still be resolved & upfront Benzema is not proving to be the Number Nine the Club needs & is looking for this season. The squad lacks intensity & concentration & because of this Coach Ancelotti will concentrate his players tonight to begin the psychological strengthening. 

The other news is that Gareth Bale is fit & looks like he will play tomorrow which may give Real Madrid another useful resource, however no one is sure if he will start or come on in the second half.

A speculated & possible Real Madrid starting 11 team line-up against Atletico de Madrid could be:

Diego Lopez, Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao, Khedira, Modric, Isco, Di Maria ( Gareth Bale ), Cristiano Ronaldo & Karim Benzema*

Atletico de Madrid are in top form with Football observers claiming that perhaps they are currently the best team in Spanish Football. Their Spanish Cup win form at the end of the season has been carried on with the Spanish Super Cup were they drew twice with the all-mighty FC Barcelona squad. They are undefeated so far in the Spanish Liga.

They have excellent & inform players on all lines. Defensively perhaps the best in European Football at this moment, in the midfield they are solid & hard working & upfront the Costa-Villa duo is working magnificently. An aggressive & intense team that pressures their opponents leading them to make mistakes which lead to fast counter-attacks...& goals.

Youngsters like Goalkeeper Courtois is stopping everything along with midfielder Koke who has evolved into a mature player already called up & playing with the Spanish National Team. Forward Diego Costa is the "trending topic man" with 7 goals so far sharing the top goalscorer rankings. If there was ever a moment to win & knock off their pedestal their City rival it is tomorrow night in the Stadium of the "enemy".

The speculated & possible Atletico de Madrid starting 11 team line-up against  Real Madrid could be:

Courtois, Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Luis Felipe, Thiago, Koke, Gabi, Arda Turan, Diego Costa & David Villa* 

Historically most derby games end in draw. May the better team win tomorrow, I am going with Atletico de Madrid. Aupa Atleti!

* both line-ups are speculations & may well change close to kick off time.


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