Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 8 May 2022
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Wanda Metropolitano.
Rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid lock horns in the 229th El Derbi Madrileno at the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday.
Real Madrid is coming on the back on an excellent week. The thumping 4-0 win against Espanyol earned them the La Liga title with four matches to spare. While, they demolished Manchester City in 10 minutes to book the tickets to Champions League final in Paris.
This over rated team, according to most English pundits have the luxury of rotating the playing eleven on Sunday. This could be because of the 120 minutes of intensive football played on midweek or to protect senior players against the physical nature of the Simeone’s team.
Atletico Madrid have all to play for in the remaining four fixtures of the season. They are fourth in the table, the last Champions League spot, however they are only 3 points above Real Betis.
They lost at Bilbao 0-2 last weekend and they are looking for a second win in 7 matches this Sunday.
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid Head-to-head
- Real won 2-0 at Santiago Bernabeu earlier this season extending their unbeaten record over cross city rival Atletico Madrid to 8 games.
- Three of the last four duels at this ground are draws, with the other won by Los Blancos.
- We have seen under 2.5 goals in the last five meetings between the Madrid clubs.
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid Prediction
We will back the under 2.5 goals as the top bet for this Spanish La Liga fixture since their last five head-to-head matches landing the same.
Ancelotti is expected to rotate his squad after playing 120 minutes on Wednesday and a handful of senior players including Benzema are expected to get a deserved rest. Therefore, this derby is expected to play in favour of Atletico and they play well at home turf and Simeone will be keen to take maximum points from remaining matches.
Therefore, Atletico to win is a decent alternate with the record La Liga winners often flop in the absence of Benzema and Vinicius in the attacking front.
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