Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid betting tips and predictions for their show down in the semi final of the Champions League. El Derbi will kick-off at 19.45 BST and will be played in the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid. Below you can find all our predictions and betting tips.
Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid Preview & Team News
After their painful defeat at their Estadio Santiago Bernabéu against Barcelona, Real Madrid has recovered via 2 wins in LaLiga. Especially their 2-6 away win at Deportivo La Coruna was impressive, not just by looking at the score board. Zidane fielded his reserves and allowed all his top guns a day off. With everything in their own hands in LaLiga, if Real wins all its matches it will lift the title, the focus in the coming week will mainly be on reaching the Champions League final. This repeat of last year’s final is the forth year in a row both teams meet in the Champions League, with Real Madrid being on top of all three previous encounters.
In their last meeting in April the teams drew 1-1, in a match that Real should have won, and in which Atlético won a point with their trademark strong counter attacking football. This is also what Real Madrid has to be aware of, it’s not just a game on its own, on neutral ground. Los Blancos will have to close down Antoine Griezmann 180 minutes and deliver two top performances to have a decent chance of qualifying.
Apart from the previous, Los Blancos need a Cristiano Ronaldo at his best. The Portuguese striker already has a stunning 100 Champions League goals behind his name, and needs to add to this ridiculous amount to help his team out.
Zinedine Zidane has rather little injury problems apart from Gareth Bale who has been out for some weeks now. Also unavailable is Pepe, similar to Bale already out for some time now.
For Atlético Madrid this match up has revenge written all over it. Two times in the last three years Los Rojiblancos lost to Real in the Champions League final and it’s about time Simeone and his team make their fans proud. Sitting in a 3rd position in the rank, with Sevilla chasing them, the worst case scenario will be that Atlético has to go through the Champions League qualifier next year. An easy task considering the opposition in such a qualifier, allowing them to fully concentrate on this duel with Real Madrid.
Atlético will highly depend on their counter attack, starring of course the French super striker Antoine Griezmann. The fast striker is in excellent shape and has a habit of finding the net in important matches. If everything pans out the way Simeone has in mind, Griezmann will play a major part versus Real Madrid.
Defenders Juanfran and Sime Vrsaljko will be out for Atlético, similar to midfielder Augusto Fernandez. winger Yannick Carrasco, although still uncertain, most likely will start. And especially Carrasco can play an important role in Diego Simeone’s plans with his speed.
Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid Match Info
Teams: Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid
Competition: Champions League 2016/2017
Date: Tuesday, 2nd May 2017
Kick off time: 19:45 BST / 20:45 CET
Stadium: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid)
Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)
Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid Line Up Prediction
Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modrić; Isco, Benzema, Ronaldo.
Atlético Madrid: Oblak; Filipe Luis, Savić, Godín, Hernández, Gabi; Carrasco, Saúl, Koke; Gameiro, Griezmann.
Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid Betting Prediction
It’s needless to state the importance of this game and how close both teams always are in direct confrontations. Stats show something similar and it will be a matter of details that will separate both teams. A missed chance, a mistake by the referee, a brilliant save by one of the goalies can all turn out to be game deciding. Because I personally dislike counter attacking football, it’s so much easier than trying to dominate a match with attacking play, I hope Real Madrid wins. And today, opposite to my usual, I let my emotions guide me and go for a Real Madrid home win.
My best betting tip or prediction for Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid is a Real Madrid home win.
Free Betting Tips
Real Madrid to win 5/6 at Bet365.
Goals Over/Under Prediction
Over 2,5 match goals 1/1 at Bet365.
Real Madrid to win 2-1 at 15/2 with Bet365.
Ronaldo to score anytime is 5/6 with Bet365.
Long Shot Betting Tip
Antoine Griezmann to score anytime at 15/8 with Bet365.
Betting tips and predictions for next week’s return match between the two rivals can be found here: Champions League semi final return match Atletico vs Real.