By DAN KARELL
Cristiano Ronaldo may be suspended for the next three La Liga matches, but he’s in the starting lineup for today’s Madrid derby clash with Atletico Madrid.
Though Real Madrid has historically owned this rivalry, Atletico have had the upper hand over the last 12 months, including defeating Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in last year’s Copa Del Rey final. As the teams face in the first leg of this year’s Copa Del Rey semifinals, league leading Atletico will be looking to extend their neighbor’s misery.
For most clubs, a loss or two is nothing to worry about, but at Barcelona it’s been deemed a crisis. Under manager Gerardo Martino, the club have not always played their best soccer and suffered an embarrassing loss at home to Valencia last Saturday. The Catalonian club have a shot at redemption against Real Sociedad on Wednesday as they look to stay alive in the trophy hunt.
Elsewhere on Wednesday, AS Roma hosts Napoli in the Coppa Italia, Botafogo host Peruvian side Sporting Cristal in Copa Libertadores action, and Pachuca takes on Altamira in the Copa MX.
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Enjoy the action. (Today’s TV schedule is after the jump):
2pm – Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid – beIN Sports USA
2:45pm – Preston North End vs. Nottingham Forest – Fox Soccer Plus
2:45pm – AS Roma vs. Napoli – beIN Sports Play
4pm – Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad – beIN Sports USA
7pm – Botafogo vs. Sporting Cristal – Fox Deportes
7pm – Corinthians vs. Bragatino – ESPN3
7:55pm – Pachuca vs. Altamira – Univision Deportes
9:55pm – Merida vs. Pumas UNAM – ESPN3