Real Madrid round-up: Madrid derby special, injuries, news
All the news about Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid ahead of the Madrid derby at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday night with Real Madrid winless in five there.
Injury updates for both sides, squads, injuries and team news
Real Madrid are missing Isco after he suffered an appendicitis and Marcelo is also out after Real Madrid confirmed he suffered a soleus injury. Everybody else trained as normal for Julen Lopetegui's side and Vinicius is in the squad for Saturday night along with Sergio Reguilón.
Atlético Madrid have Santiago Arias available but Stefan Savic and Gelson Martins miss out. Simeone's squad is quite full with Savic being a back-up and Martins not really playing a role since his summer move.
You can check out Julen Lopetegui's pre-match quotes here and you can have a look at what Diego Simeone had to say before the game here.
Real Madrid switch up their pre-game ritual
Florentino Perez and his directors must be supersititious. They have typically eatan at the Bernabeu before Madrid derbies. Diego Simeone has not lost a Madrid derby at the Santiago Bernabeu in five attempts, however, and Real Madrid have decided to change their pre-game ritual. The directors for both side will meet and dine at Zalacaín - the restaurant they eat in before European games. Will it make a difference? Let's see.
Madrid derby missing goals - a statistical overview
Real Madrid are missing 40% of the goals they have scored in the last 33 games since Ronaldo became a Real Madrid player. He left during the summer, obviously, and now Benzema, Bale and Asensio are left picking up the slack.
Mister Chip explains: "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."
First Madrid derby with VAR, referee info - Martínez Munuera
It's the first Madrid derby with VAR and needless to say, these games have been fairly tense, chippy and downright dirty at times. The referee for the game is Martínez Munuera and the 36-year-old was on hand for Real Madrid's victory over Girona recently. Jaime Latre used it when Girona played Real Madrid to give Marc Muniesa a yellowwith Munuera acting as his assistsant that day and Munuera also reffed Atlético versus Eibar, which finished 1-1 this season.