Kick-off: 1515, 07/03/2021
Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano
Atletico Madrid have their sights set on a first La Liga title triumph since 2014 and can afford to settle for a draw with city rivals Real.
Los Colchoneros are five points clear of the defending champions and Barcelona, plus they have played a game less than the perennial Spanish powerhouses.
Five of the last nine renewals of this contest have ended in stalemate, so 9/4 for another gets the nod as our first Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid prediction.
A Look At Atletico Madrid’s Betting Odds
Atletico faltered in February, dropping points in draws with Celta Vigo and Levante before suffering a shock loss at home to the last-named club.
A 1-0 Champions League defeat by Chelsea in Bucharest raised more questions about whether Diego Simeone’s side were starting to feel the strain.
However, last Sunday’s 2-0 victory at Villarreal eased a few nerves, with Alfonso’s own goal and a fine Joao Felix strike doing the damage.
Felix appeared to gesture and shout towards his own bench after only coming on as a half-time sub, but Simeone was far from fazed by that celebration.
“He scored a great goal,” said Simeone. “He came on and did well in the second half.
“I love it when players rebel, when they look to be strong. We need him to be, he’s an important player for us.”
Simeone, who was recently named club coach of the decade ahead of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, has now matched legendary Atleti boss Luis Aragones with 308 wins.
It would be fitting for him to end such a memorable campaign by lifting this trophy for the second time.
Looking at the Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid odds, we like 18/5 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time.
Last Atletico line-up: Oblak, Savic, Felipe, Hermoso, Vrsaljko, Koke, Niguez, Lemar, Llorente, Suarez, Correa.
A Look At Real Madrid’s Betting Odds
Real had applied some pressure on Atletico by rattling off four straight La Liga wins before then beating 10-man Atalanta 1-0 away from home in the Champions League.
However, Monday’s 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad at Alfredo Di Stefano stadium was a frustrating setback for Los Merengues.
Portu put the visitors ahead against the run of play on 55 minutes and it took a late Vinicius Junior equaliser to spare Real’s blushes.
“We deserved a lot more, particularly when you look at the chances we created,” insisted Zinedine Zidane on the club website.
“We didn’t put them away, especially in the first half, and that could have changed the complexion of the game.
“They had one chance and scored. That’s the way things go in football. We’ve had games where we won when we perhaps didn’t deserve to.
“This doesn’t change anything. I think we’re in good shape; that’s now five wins and a draw and we must remember that there’s still a long way to go.”
Zidane is hoping to get Karim Benzema back from injury for this contest, but the defending champions still lack a creative spark in an ageing midfield in our book.
Five of Real’s last six matches in all competitions have been goalless at the interval.
There has also only been one first-half goal scored in the last four Madrid derbies and another cagey opening period is on the cards.
Let’s finish off our Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid betting tips by taking 31/20 for 0-0 at the break.
Last Real line-up: Courtois, Varane, Nacho Fernandez, Mendy, Kroos, Modric, Asensio, Casemiro, Lucas Vazquez, Isco, Mariano.
Villarreal 0-2 ATLETICO MADRID – Alfonso (og), Joao Felix
REAL MADRID 1-1 Real Sociedad – Vinicius Junior
Head-to-head: Real 2-0 Atletico, Real 1-0 Atletico, Real 0-0 Atletico, Atletico 0-0 Real, Atletico 1-3 Real, Real 0-0 Atletico
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