Atletico Madrid are slipping in the La Liga title race. They are just five points ahead of joint-second-placed teams Barcelona and Real Madrid in the La Liga standings. Another slip from Diego Simeone’s team would see Real Madrid and possibly Barcelona pull three points closer in the title race.
Real Madrid won the reverse fixture between these sides in La Liga thanks to a Casemiro first half goal and Jan Oblak own goal in the second half. Atletico Madrid have not beaten Real Madrid outside of a friendly since the 2016-17 Champions League. Real Madrid are on a nine-games unbeaten run in all competitions versus Atletico Madrid. That run of form includes back-to-back wins versus Los Colchoneros La Liga.
Real Madrid are on a five-match unbeaten run in La Liga. Four of those games ended in wins while last weekend’s game versus Real Sociedad resulted in a draw. Zinedine Zidane’s side slipped up themselves with a 1-1 stalemate against Real Sociedad and will hope to rebound with a win to pull three points closer to the Atletico Madrid.
Atletico Madrid have won just three of their last six games in La Liga. They won last weekend versus Villarreal, 2-0. Simeone will hope his side can get a win and defeat Real Madrid in La Liga for the first time since 2015-16. Can Atletico Madrid win or will Real Madrid grow closer in the title race?
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid Betting Odds
Atletico Madrid go into the fixture at odds of 9/5 to claim a victory at home versus their city rival. Atletico Madrid took 11 points from the last 18 possible in La Liga. Los Colchoneros scored goals during that time period but are now conceding goals to opponents. Atletico Madrid conceded eight goals in their last six games in La Liga while scoring 11 times.
Real Madrid are coming off of two straight wins over Atletico Madrid in the league. Both wins were at home, however. Los Blancos took 13 points from 18 possible over the course of the last six La Liga matches. Zidane’s team did not score many goals over the course of those six games as just nine were plundered with four being conceded.
Los Blancos are at odds of 7/4 to win at the end of full-time. Six of the last 10 games in cup and La Liga matches between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid finished in draws. The clubs are at odds of 33/14 to finish in a stalemate on Sunday.
Although La Liga sees a lot of draws overall, neither Madrid club have drawn many games this term. Atletico Madrid have seen four of their 24 matches finish in draws. Real Madrid have had five of their 25 games end in draws.
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid Team News
Simeone has just one player suffering from injury at Atletico Madrid. Defender Jose Gimenez is a doubt for the match as he continues to recover from an injury. Simeone will be able to call upon nearly all of his squad for the massive derby. A loss or draw leaves the door open for Barcelona and Real Madrid to win the league. A victory over Los Blancos and Atletico Madrid will put some distance between at least one of their rivals.
Reports from Marca on Thursday is that Simeone will drop underachieving forward Joao Felix. The big-money signing continues to fail at Atletico Madrid and Simeone doesn’t trust him in a big game against the Madrid Derby rival. Reports claim Luis Suarez will start as a long centre-forward and Marco Llorente will be deployed in support. If reports are to be believed, Simeone will set out his side to play defensively.
Real Madrid manager Zidane has two players on his injury list going into the game. Forward Mariano Diaz has a muscle injury that could keep him out of the game. Defender Dani Carvajal could return to the team after recovering from a thigh injury.
Perhaps the big news surrounding Real Madrid is that the EU’s high court has found the club (along with Barcelona) to have illegal benefitted from Spanish state financial aid. Los Blancos will have to pay back millions of euros to the Spanish government.
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid Prediction
Both teams to score: NO @ 19/20 - BET NOW
Four straight matches in all competitions between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid ended with both teams not scoring goals. Real Madrid have not conceded a goal in four straight games in all competitions versus Atletico Madrid. They are playing well defensively against Los Colchoneros and with Simeone likely to play the match defensively, Real Madrid could keep a fifth straight clean sheet.
Under 2.5 goals scored @ 4/6 - BET NOW
Four straight matches in all competitions finished with under 2.5 goals scored. The match is likely to be a low-scoring affair between two teams that can play strong defensive football. Atletico Madrid’s last three La Liga games ended with under 2.5 goals. Real Madrid’s last four La Liga games finished with under 2.5 goals tallied.
Karim Benzema to score anytime @ 17/10 - BET NOW
Other than Alfredo di Stefano and Cristiano Ronaldo, has Real Madrid had a better forward the Karim Benzema? Probably not. The Frenchman has been an incredible servant for the team scoring 266 career goals for Real Madrid. In 2020-21, Benzema has scored 12 goals from 21 matches in La Liga. Benzema did miss Real Madrid’s last two games due to an adductor muscle problem. The striker could return this weekend to play against Atletico Madrid. Benzema has tallied five career goals against Atletico Madrid.
Can Atletico Madrid win the match on Sunday and extend their league lead over Real Madrid? Based on history, Real Madrid should get a win or draw away from home to Atletico Madrid. Los Colchoneros are slipping up and Real Madrid could take advantage of the home team’s form this weekend. Real Madrid won the reverse fixture and can certainly win this weekend too.
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid Tips
Here are our Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid tips for Sunday's Madrid Derby.
1. Both teams to score: NO @ 19/20
2. Under 2.5 goals scored @ 4/6
3. Karim Benzema to score anytime @ 17/10
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