Diego Simeone could overtake Luis Aragonés as the coach to have beaten Real Madrid the most times. Tonight's Madrid derby will be the 272nd in official competition.
Balance: Atlético and Real Madrid have met in 271 official games, with a balance of 138 wins for Real Madrid, 64 draws and 69 victories for the Rojiblancos. At the Bernabéu, (96 meetingss), the home team have run out winners 55 times, 25 games have ended level and 16 have been won by the visitors.
Racha: In the last 13 meetings, Real Madrid have only beaten Atlético once in domestic competition (nine meetings in LaLiga, two in the Copa del Rey and two in the Spanish Super Cup). That was the 0-3 victory at the Calderón on 19 November 2016 when Cristiano scored a hat trick. In the remaining 12 derbies Atlético have won five and seven ended in a draw.
Bernabéu: Atlético have taken at least a point from their last five visits to Chamartín: they won 0-1 in LaLiga in 2013-14, 1-2 in 2014-15 and 0-1 in 2015-16 and drew two seasons on the trot - 2016-17 and 2017-18). The last time Madrid beat Atleti at their stadium was on 1 December 2012 (2-0 with goals from Cristiano and Özil). One one club has strung together a run of six consecutive visits to the Bernabéu without suffering defeat - Valencia, who registered two wins and four draws between 1942-43 and 1947-48).
VAR: Tonight's game will be the first Madrid-Atleti derby to feature video assistant referee (VAR). Up until now, Real Madrid have benefitted by two decisions made by VAR (Benzema's goal against Leganés and Asensio's against Espanyol) and had one decision go against them (Modric's effort against Sevilla was not given). As for Atleti, they have had two decisions given in their favour (Cabral's goal for Celta in Vigo was ruled out while Koke's against Huesca was given) but have not had any decision go against them.
Courtois: Courtois made 154 official appearances for Atlético during which he conceded 125 goals. Tonight will be the third time he has played against one of his former clubs: he faced Atlético twice in last season's Champions League with Chelsea (1-2 at the Wanda Metropolitano and 1-1 at Stamford Bridge). The Belgian international will be the third goalkeeper to have played on both sides in a Madrid derby, in the league following Manuel Pazos and José María Cabo.
Simeone: Since he took the Atlético job, Simeone has faced Real Madrid 27 times, with a balance of nine victories, nine draws and nine defeats. Compare those figures with the 27 derbies before he arrived: two wins, eight draws and 17 defeats. If Atlético are victorious this evening, Simeone will overtake Luis Aragonés as the Atlético de Madrid coach to have beaten Real Madrid the most times (Luis toasted nine wins in 30 official meetings).