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Projected lineups: Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid 2016, Madrid Derby

There's no such thing as a meaningless Madrid Derby.

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Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid are already 9 points behind Barcelona in the Liga BBVA table, but if Atlético de Madrid visit the Bernabéu you know it's going to be a big game no matter what the standings say.

Real Madrid projected XI: Navas, Danilo, Varane, Ramos, Carvajal, Kroos, Modric, Isco, James, Ronaldo, Benzema.

Atlético de Madrid projected XI: Oblak, Juanfran, Giménez, Godín, Filipe Luis, Saúl, Augusto, Gabi, Koke, Griezmann, Torres.

Karim Benzema will almost certainly make his return to the Starting XI after missing last week's game in Málaga. Carvajal should be the one playing in Marcelo's spot, just like last time the Brazilian defender wasn't available. Varane is also back after his one-game suspension.

Zidane will start both James and Isco today, according to reports from Spain. Kovacic will wait for his turn on the bench after starting his worst game as a Real Madrid player a week ago. Either way, he will surely provide composure in the midfield if needed off the bench.

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