Only eight days on from their thrilling Spanish Super Cup semi-final in Saudi Arabia, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid reconvene at the Metropolitano Stadium in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey.
There is no denying that Real Madrid have been the better of these two sides overall this season.
Not only are Carlo Ancelotti's men fresh from lifting the Spanish Super Cup - having beaten Atletico en route to the final - but they are also in hot pursuit of La Liga glory..
However, Atletio took Los Blancos to extra time in Riyadh last Wednesday, losing the Spanish Super Cup semi-final after goals from Joselu and Brahim Diaz in the 116th and 122nd minutes.
It was a close-fought game and the advantage should be with Atletico Madrid this time around.
Diego Simeone's side will have had a bit more rest time than Real Madrid, who played Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup final on Sunday, and their home advantage should not be underestimated.
Atletico have not lost a game on their own patch since January last year, putting together a 25-match unbeaten run at the Metropolitano, and they beat Real Madrid there 3-1 earlier this season.
The recent meeting between these sides was a classic with the match finishing 3-3 after 90 minutes and over 3.5 goals could be a decent pick on Thursday.
Three of the last four meetings between these sides have featured at least four goals, including both clashes this term, and Los Blancos have been in the goals of late.
Either side of that eventual 5-3 win over Atletico, Real eased past Arandina 3-1 in the previous round of the Copa del Rey and put Barcelona to the sword 4-1 in the Spanish Super Cup final.
At the back, however, they are missing Eder Militao and David Alaba, so they could also leak goals, which points to a high-scoring matchup.
Vinicius Junior failed to score in last week's Madrid derby but he more than compensated with a hat-trick in the Spanish Super Cup final against El Clasico rivals Barcelona.
The Brazilian scored all three of his goals in the first half and has scored four times in 10 league appearances this term, averaging 2.4 shots per game.
His trickery could cause Atletico plenty of problems, while he is also on penalty duty and he can get on the scoresheet in a potential defeat for Los Blancos.
Atletico will be without defender Reinildo, who is at the Africa Cup of Nations with Mozambique, while Vitolo and Thomas Lemar are sidelined.
Lucas Vazquez is out with a thigh problem along with Eder Militao, Thibaut Courtois and David Alaba, who are all nursing ACL injuries. Aurelien Tchouameni did not train on Tuesday and his involvement is also uncertain.
Atletico Madrid are on a remarkable 25-game unbeaten run at home in all competitions, having last lost a game at the Metropolitano Stadium in January 2023.
And they have won nine of their 1- home games in La Liga this season, scoring 23 goals in the process.
Real Madrid know where the net is, having scored 13 goals in their first four matches of 2024.
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