Real Madrid will look to take its frustration from Wednesday's embarrassing UEFA Champions League defeat out on crosstown rival Atletico Madrid on Saturday, as the two Spanish powers gear up for this April's Madrid derby.
Los Blancos blanked their rivals at home last December, winning 2-0 at Bernabeu, setting up an epic rematch between two of the top three teams in the La Liga table. With only six matches left to play for each side, neither squad has much room for error, as Real takes a three-point lead for second place into Saturday's clash without Cristiano Ronaldo.
Will Atletico finally break through for the first time in 14 years against its rival and carry a bit of momentum into next month's Spanish Copa del Rey final at Bernabeu? Or will Real have the last laugh once again?
Here we'll get you set with everything you need to know for Saturday's much-anticipated Madrid derby.
Where: Estadio Vicente Calderon, Madrid, Spain
When: Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m. ET
Watch: beIN Sport
Atletico Madrid Player to Watch: Radamel Falcao
One of the hottest strikers in the game right now is Atletico's Radamel Falcao. The 27-year-old Colombian has 25 goals in 29 La Liga appearances for Diego Simeone's club this season and could very well add to that total this weekend.
Since joining Atletico in 2011, Falcao has netted nearly 70 goals for the club, drawing interest from other top European clubs, including Chelsea of the English Premier League.
Falcao was held scoreless in the first derby back in December but has scored four goals in his past four La Liga outings, which means he'll be a major factor in the final third for Los Rojiblancos on Saturday.
He's not yet in the same discussion as Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, but there's no doubt that Falcao is world class.
Real Madrid Player to Watch: Luka Modric
With Real superstar Cristiano Ronaldo set to miss Saturday's derby, fans should keep a steady eye on midfielder Luka Modric, who can be a blur with the ball at his feet and a lethal striker from distance when he's in top form.
Modric only has two goals and one assist in 27 La Liga appearances this season, but the potential will be there for him on Saturday in Ronaldo's absence.
Look for Jose Mourinho to give Modric more responsibility versus Atletico. His versatility and ability to create for his teammates makes him a big-time threat for the visitors as they look to extend their winning streak over Atletico.
Atletico will get a boost on Saturday from its home supporters, but Real has a huge psychological advantage, having owned its rival over the years. That, along with Falcao's presence, should make for plenty of fireworks and one of the most entertaining tilts this season.
Expect a couple of goals from each side in this match as well. After all, behind Barcelona, these are the top two highest-scoring clubs in the Spanish Primera Division.
In the end, I look for a hard-fought 90-plus minutes to produce a point for each side. Real is still peeved over its brutal 4-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund, and Atletico will be pumped up and ready to play in a marquee match inside its home venue.
Atletico Madrid 2, Real Madrid 2
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