MADRID (Sporting Alert) — Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema all star for Real Madrid, while Diego Costa leads that attack for Atletico Madrid in today’s derby clash at Vicente Calderon.
Real Madrid, on 63 points, lead the Primera Division by three points, with both Atletico and Barcelona trailing.
Today’s matchup is expected to be an exciting contest, with Ronaldo returning from a three match ban, and both teams still strongly positioned to win the title.
Starting as well for Real Madrid are Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric, Ángel Di María, Sergio Ramos and Fábio Coentrao, while Diego Lopez is back in goal.
Besides Costa, who will be facing a number of his national teammates after he was recently called up to the Spanish national setup, Thibaut Courtois, Miranda, Gabi, Diego Godin, Koke, Raul Garcia and Arda Turan all start for Atletico Madrid.
Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid: Courtois, Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe Luis, Mario Suarez, Gabi, Koke, Raul Garcia, Arda Turan, Diego Costa Subs: Aranzubia, Alderweireld, Rodriguez, Diego, Insua, Sosa, Villa.
Real Madrid: Lopez, Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao, Modric, Xabi Alonso, Di Maria, Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo Subs: Casillas, Varane, Marcelo, Carvajal, Jese,. Isco, Illarramendi.