The adrenaline of football fans will pump faster this weekend, the 9th of February 2019 when Atletico Madrid Invites their bitter rivals Real Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano for the Madrid derby. The match is scheduled to start at 15.15GMT. As the argument goes, Atletico Madrid is the team for the humble while their rivals, Real Madrid are the team for the elite, Saturday’ match will determine who is actually superior of the two when it comes to football. Real Madrid fans are viewed as demanding and do not tolerate failures and do not expect anything less in this fixture.
Atletico Madrid’s last weekend 1-0 loss to Real Betis came as a surprise to them. At number 2 in La Liga table standings, they would have reduced their point difference against number one; Barcelona to just 3 points after they also drew against Valencia. The loss has put pressure on the Los Rojiblancos as they are just 2 points ahead of the 3rd placed Los Blancos. With their new January signing, Alvaro Morata likely to feature in the match alongside their wonder man Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid will play with blaring guns. In their determination to stay in the title race, no mistake or sluggish play will be tolerated. A win is what they are eyeing.
Real Madrid on the other hand at number 3, they have reduced their point difference to just two points against number two and just 8 points against the leader, Barcelona thanks to their winning streak. They are the only among the top five teams in the Primera Division to win their match over last weekend showing their rejuvenated energy. The man to watch in the match is Karim Benzema who does not disappoint. His scoring power is what Real Madrid is banking on to take home 3 points or at worst a draw.
Just like the first leg match which ended in a barren draw, this match is going to be a close encounter for the local derby. However, with the added angst of Alvaro Morata in combination with Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid is likely to terrorize Real Madrid to a 1-0. If the current league statistics is something to go by, Atletico Madrid is doing superbly well when it comes to not losing. So far, Atletico has registered 12 wins, 8 draws and only one loss. On the other hand, Real Madrid has registered 12 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses. Whether this match add an extra loss to Atletico Madrid or make Real’s losses to 7 is something most fans are waiting for come Saturday.
Atletico Madrid vs. Real Madrid Head to Head
The two sides have played 51 matches so far. Of these, Atletico Madrid has managed 10 wins, while Real Madrid has managed 25 wins. 16 of them ended in a draw. A short analysis of their latest 8 matches, here is how things turned out:
- Real Madrid 0-0 Atletico Madrid
- Real Madrid 2-4 Atletico Madrid
- Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico Madrid
- Atletico Madrid 0-0 Real Madrid
- Atletico Madrid 2-1 Real Madrid
- Real Madrid 3-0 Atletico Madrid
- Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico Madrid
- Atletico Madrid 0-3 Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid will be happy to use the services of their new signing Alvaro Morata. However, they will miss the services of Diego Costa, Koke, Diego Godin, Stefan Savic and Gelson Martins who are nursing various injuries.
Real Madrid is not left out when it comes to injuries. Lucas Zidane, Franchu and Jesús Vallejo are out due to injuries.
Predictions and Odds
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This much-anticipated match will be a close call for both teams. Atletico Madrid has a chance to impress their home fans by registering a win. The pressure they have to extend their lead over Real Madrid will be overwhelming. On the other hand, Real Madrid seems to be gearing up for the usual two-horse race against their rivals, Barcelona. This match presents them with the golden opportunity to remove the intruder in the La Liga; Atletico Madrid. However, our best bet is for Atletico Madrid to win 1-0.
- Under 2.5 goals Full Time
- First Half to End Goalless