Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid face off in a highly anticipated La Liga derby on Sunday.
Real Madrid will be looking to avenge their Copa del Rey defeat to their city rivals when they host Atlético Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu on Sunday.
Real Madrid are currently top of the La Liga table with 57 points, while Atlético Madrid are in fourth place with 47 points.
Real Madrid go into the match looking for revenge against their bitter rivals, who knocked them out of the Copa del Rey in the last 16.
Real Madrid looking to avenge Copa del Rey defeat
Los Rojiblancos beat Real Madrid 4-2 after extra time in that tie.
Real Madrid have only lost one La Liga game this season, which was against Atlético Madrid in the sixth round at the Civitas Metropolitano.
That defeat was the catalyst for Real Madrid's defensive improvement this season.
Carlo Ancelotti has addressed the defensive errors that plagued the team in the derby, despite the significant absences that have affected Los Blancos.
Real Madrid can go four points clear at the top
Aside from revenge, a win for Real Madrid tonight would see them go four points clear of second-placed Girona before the two teams meet next round.
Atlético Madrid are in fourth place in La Liga this season, 10 points behind leaders Real Madrid.
Diego Simeone knows that winning the derby is important to assert his team's superiority over their city rivals.
A victory at the Bernabéu would also have a different flavor and would increase Atlético's chances of competing for the La Liga title.
However, Simeone is also aware that he is on the verge of a more important match against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey semi-final, a competition that is Los Rojiblancos' closest chance of silverware this season, especially after the eliminations of Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The match is expected to be a close and cagey affair, with both teams likely to be cautious in their approach.
Real Madrid will be looking to use their home advantage to their advantage, while Atlético Madrid will be hoping to spring a surprise on their rivals.