Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid – Match of the Day (Round 31)

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The Blaugrana is pretty safe at the top of LaLiga and it seems that they will secure the title in a coming couple of weeks, but the fight for the second place is wide open and Real Madrid mustn’t lose this tilt with Atletico if they want to finish the season as the vice-champion. The gap between the teams is not big, but if the visitors get three points here, they will likely end above the city rivals. The game will take place at Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday, April 8th.

Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid

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Three-Way: 1 Real Madrid -133; X: +275 Draw; 2: Atletico Madrid +375 at BetDSI Sportsbook

Spread -0.5: Real Madrid -139; Atletico Madrid +118

Total 2.5 goals: Over -125; Under +100

REAL MADRID

The Whites are in a great form of six consecutive wins and after eliminating PSG out of the Champions League in the 1/8 finals, they are very close to doing the same with the Italian champions Juventus, following a huge 3-0 victory in the opening leg of the ¼ finals in Turin. Cristiano Ronaldo shocked the home supporters with an early goal in the 3rd minute, but he stunned everybody at the Allianz Stadium with a magnificent bicycle kick in the 64th minute, and from that moment on, Real Madrid controlled the clash. Paulo Dybala received a second yellow card only a few minutes later, while Marcelo sealed the deal in the 72nd minute with a smart little chip over helpless Gigi Buffon to make it 3-0. Zinedine Zidane’s side is currently in the 3rd position in LaLiga with 13 points behind Barcelona and four behind Atletico Madrid, so they cannot afford to lose on Sunday if they want to get to the 2nd place.

Real Madrid played 50 games so far in the 2017/18, recording 34 victories, nine draws, and seven losses, with a goal difference of 122:51, which is 3.46 goals per contest on average. The Whites have been in an excellent home form recently as they won all five previous matches at Santiago Bernabeu, scoring 21 goals in the process and allowing seven in return.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the team’s top scorer with 39 goals in 36 appearances; Gareth Bale added 14 goals to his name, while Marco Asensio contributed with ten goals. Lucas Vasquez is the best assist-maker with 14 dishes; Karim Benzema has 11 assists, Toni Kroos chipped in with nine, while Isco has eight assists. Zinedine Zidane cannot count on Nacho who is still recovering from a hamstring injury, while the rest of the squad is healthy and at the gaffer’s disposal.

ATLETICO MADRID

The Mattressers responded with a pair of wins over Deportivo La Coruna and Sporting Lisbon following a 2-1 defeat to Villarreal, and the one over the Portuguese side in an opening leg of the Europa League quarter-finals should be enough to progress to the semis. Atletico got to an early lead through Koke who scored in the first minute of the clash, while Antoine Griezmann doubled the lead in the 40th minute and the hosts managed to keep the clean sheet and created a solid advantage prior to the returning leg in Lisbon. Diego Simeone’s side is in the 2nd position in LaLiga with four points ahead of Real Madrid and nine behind the league leaders Barcelona, and although it is hard to expect them winning a title this year, the second spot is theirs for taking, but they have to stay unbeaten at Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

Atletico Madrid played 47 games in this campaign, recording 29 victories, 12 draws, and six losses, with a goal difference of 83:26, which is 2.31 goals per contest on average. The Mattressers suffered consecutive league defeats on the road as they fell short at Villarreal and Barcelona, scoring just one goal in the process and conceding three in return.

Antoine Griezmann is the team’s leading scorer with 24 goals in 39 appearances; Kevin Gameiro has ten goals to his name, Angel Correa added eight, while Fernando Torres scored seven goals so far. Griezmann is the most creative individual at Wanda Metropolitano with 13 assists; Correa contributed with seven dishes, while Diego Costa, Saul Niguez, and Koke have five assists apiece. Diego Simeone will be without a trio of defenders: Sime Vrsaljko (Achilles tendon), Filipe Luis (fractured fibula), and Jose Gimenez (malleolar).

Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid – Betting Trends and Match Prediction

  • Real Madrid scored 21 goals in the previous five matches at Santiago Bernabeu
  • Real Madrid conceded seven goals in the last five games at home
  • Atletico Madrid failed to score just once in the last ten road matches
  • Atletico Madrid allowed at least a goal in each of the previous five away games

Real Madrid won two out of the previous five H2H meetings with two draws and one Atletico’s victory, while each team recorded three wins in the last 11 clashes at Santiago Bernabeu. Real had difficulties to keep the net intact at home recently, while Atletico’s scored a goal in three out of the last four matches at Real Madrid, so I expect to see goals on both sides here.

MY PICK: Both teams to score YES (-125)