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Prediction: Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, La Liga 7 May 2022

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Verdict: Real Madrid double chance

Best Odds: 4/5

Bookmaker: Unibet

With all eyes from across Europe falling on the Spanish capital this weekend, Atletico Madrid will welcome a high-flying Los Blancos to the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday night.

Atletico Madrid

Starting with the hosts, last seen putting in another worrying display away at Athletic Bilbao, it is fair to say that Atletico Madrid have endured a dreadful campaign at the Wanda Metropolitano. Eventually getting hit with a deserved 2-0 loss in Basque Country, Head Coach Diego Simeone finds himself under real scrutiny. Crashing out of the Champions League thanks to a 1-0 aggregate defeat against Premier League giants Manchester City last month, Los Colchoneros have now managed to win just one of their last six matchups across all formats. Still holding just a three-point buffer from dropping out of the top-four and with many in their camp firmly looking over their shoulder at the drop zone, Sunday’s hosts have really shown a string of issues in the final third. Knowing that they face a huge task when they welcome their bitter local rivals to the Wanda Metropolitano this weekend, it should be noted that Simeone’s men have drawn a blank in five of their previous six outings.

Team News

In what is a real blow for Atletico Madrid this weekend, they will once again be without the duo of Joao Felix and Thomas Lemar here.

Likewise, both Mario Hermoso and Reinildo will serve a one-match suspension here and miss out on Sunday night.

Real Madrid

As for the visitors, managing to mount another famous Champions League comeback earlier in the week, there is no doubt that the mood in Real Madrid’s camp is at a red-hot high. Eventually booking their spot in the final of this season’s tournament with that remarkable 3-1 victory against Manchester City, Carlo Ancelotti’s men have gained a string of plaudits from across Spain this year. Reclaiming their La Liga crown with time to spare last weekend as they breezed their way to a 4-0 romp against Espanyol, the one-time Everton boss has seen his side win 12 of their last 15 matchups across all formats. Only continuing to shine in the final third, Los Blancos will be calling on a record-breaking Karim Benzema to spearhead their charge. Once again converting from the spot against City in midweek, the French international has also racked up a staggering 26 strikes in just his 30 La Liga outings this season. Claiming a 2-0 win when they faced off against Atletico back in December, Real should be smelling another real chance here.

Team News

Once again impressing off the bench in midweek, French starlet Eduardo Camavinga could be in for a full start on Sunday night.

However, Los Blancos will be without the likes of David Alaba, Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale and Eder Militao here.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides faced off for their reverse meeting on December 12th, Real Madrid picked up a 2-0 victory on home soil.
    • Likewise, including that 3-1 second-leg victory against Man City in midweek, Los Blancos have won 12 of their last 15 matchups across all formats.
    • Atletico Madrid have managed to win just one of their last six contests across all formats.
    • Likewise, Saturday’s guests have also drawn a blank in five of those six outings.
    • Karim Benzema has notched 26 La Liga strikes in just his 30 domestic outings this season.

    Conclusion

    While Real Madrid might not have anything to play for this weekend, there is no doubt that Saturday’s guests should be smelling a golden chance here. Booking their spot in the final of this year’s Champions League after that stunning late flurry against Manchester City in midweek, Los Blancos also wrapped up another domestic crown last weekend. Eventually reclaiming their La Liga title with a 4-0 romp against Espanyol, Ancelotti’s squad will be looking to keep up their stellar purple patch here. Picking up a deserved 2-0 win when they faced off against their local rivals back on December 12th, Los Colchoneros will know that they face another huge task here. Managing to win just one of their previous six contests and showing some extended issues in the final third, we’re backing an away double chance here.

    Verdict: Real Madrid double chance

    Best Odds: 4/5

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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