Saturday 8 Apr

Real Madrid vs Atl. Madrid Match Preview

07 Apr 2017 Stuart S. SPAIN: LaLiga
SPAIN: LaLiga

Real Madrid

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Kick-off
14:15 GMT
08 April 2017

Atletico Madrid

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Kick-off
14:15 GMT 08 April 2017

The Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid match will be played on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at the Estadio de Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid. This is matchday 31 of the 2016/17 La Liga season. Real Madrid is 1st with 71 points while Atletico Madrid is 3rd with 61 points.

STATS

  • Real Madrid is unbeaten in their last 20 La Liga home games
  • Atletico Madrid has won 8 of their last 10 La Liga matches
  • Real Madrid has been winning HT / FT in their last 3 La Liga matches
  • Atletico Madrid has been winning HT / FT in their last 3 La Liga matches
  • Real Madrid has scored less than 2.5 goals in each of their last 3 home matches against Atletico in La Liga

HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides met in the last Madrid derby to be held at the Vincent Calderon on 19th November 2016. Real Madrid won 3-0, with a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick.
Atletico Madrid has won the last 3 La Liga meetings between the two sides at the Estadio de Santiago Bernabeu.

Head to head matches: Real Madrid - Atletico Madrid

19.11.2016 LaLi Atletico Madrid Real Madrid 0:3
28.05.2016 UEFA Real Madrid Atletico Madrid 1:1
27.02.2016 LaLi Real Madrid Atletico Madrid 0:1

REAL MADRID NEWS

Zinedine Zidane rotated his squad heavily for the 4-2 midweek win over Leganes. It kept Los Meringues two points clear of Barcelona, with a game in hand. The Frenchman is in the enviable position of having only Raphael Varane missing, with no fresh injuries reported. While the league title is no longer certain to be returning to this part of the Spanish capital after an absence of five years, it is still Real’s title to lose. Their recent form has been impressive. Last defeated at the Mestalla by Valencia in late February, they have won 7 of the last 8, including 6 on the bounce. The only concern will be keeping just 5 clean sheets in the 20 matches the club has played in 2017.
While it harsh to blame the goalkeeper, that record underlines why the club is keen to land either David De Gea or Thibault Courtois this summer.

Latest matches: Real Madrid

05.04.2017 LaLi CD Leganes Real Madrid 2:4 W
02.04.2017 LaLi Real Madrid CD Alaves 3:0 W
18.03.2017 LaLi Athletic Bilbao Real Madrid 1:2 W
12.03.2017 LaLi Real Madrid Betis Sevilla 2:1 W
07.03.2017 UEFA SSC Napoli Real Madrid 1:3 W

ATLETICO MADRID NEWS

Having struggled in the early part of the season, Atletico Madrid has found their form with a vengeance.
Diego Simeone’s men have lost 1 of their last 13 in all competitions, and not in La Liga since Barcelona won at the Vincent Calderon in February. Prior to that, November’s Madrid derby defeat was the last time they had suffered a loss.
It’s an impressive run of form but injuries are beginning to mount. Augusto Fernández, Tiago, Sime Vrsaljko, and, Miguel Ángel Moyá are all missing through injury while Kevin Gameiro and Nicolás Gaitán are both doubtful for the match. Fernando Torres will most likely lead the line but hope to avoid a repeat of his midweek miss!

Latest matches: Atletico Madrid

04.04.2017 LaLi Atletico Madrid Real Sociedad 1:0 W
01.04.2017 LaLi Malaga CF Atletico Madrid 0:2 W
19.03.2017 LaLi Atletico Madrid Sevilla FC 3:1 W
15.03.2017 UEFA Atletico Madrid Bayer Leverkusen 0:0 D
11.03.2017 LaLi Granada CF Atletico Madrid 0:1 W

SUMMING UP!

While Atletico has the advantage in recent meetings at the Estadio de Santiago Bernabeu but Real must win this match to maintain their advantage at the top. With the first-choice strike force of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale all rested in midweek, Zinedine Zidane has a fully fit and potent attack at hand.
However, Diego Simeone, better than any manager in Europe’s top leagues, knows all about guerilla football. The Argentine’s team are renowned for their strong defence and while it crumbled at home, frustrating Real will give them as much pleasure as winning.
Even so, expect Real to take this one by a two-goal margin of victory.

About the author - Stuart S.

An English freelance sports writer, Stuart has written the Arsenal blog A Cultured Left Foot since 2006, as well as numerous betting previews and articles.

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