Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid Match Preview & Prediction

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Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid predictions, H2H and match preview for this Saturday’s big derby clash in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as the two giants from the Spanish capital clash for the first time this season.


Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid predictions


Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid Preview

All eyes will be on the Wanda Metropolitano this Saturday evening as the venue hosts the Madrid derby for the third time. Real won here last season and they head into this season’s fixture with a one point advantage over their city rivals at the top of La Liga. With Barcelona failing to impress so far, both sides will see this as a real opportunity to make a strong title challenge which only adds to the spice that always comes with this fixture.

Atleti have an excellent record at the Bernabeu in recent years but they’ve only won one home league derby this century which is a pretty abysmal record in truth. There are plenty of fresh faces in this season’s team though who shouldn’t be blighted by history and they head into the match on a positive note having won 2-0 at Mallorca in midweek. However Atleti did suffer a major setback in that game with Alvaro Morata seeing red, less than ten minutes after his introduction from the bench. He will now miss this reunion with his former club due to suspension.

Real Madrid meanwhile opted to rest more players for their midweek clash with Osasuna but they still won the game by the same margin. Brazilian teenagers Vinicius and Rodrygo were on target in what was a largely dominant display despite the heavy rotation. Zinedine Zidane should recall the likes of Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Raphael Varane, Thibaut Courtois and Dani Carvajal for this game.

Having so many first teamers who got a rest in midweek could give Real Madrid a slight edge. However they did get a taste for how good this Atleti side can be when they suffered a 7-3 defeat to their city rivals in a pre-season game in the United States. Clearly we ought to see a much stronger showing from Los Blancos here though in the biggest game of the Spanish football season so far.


Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid Predictions

Score Prediction: 1-1 Draw

The stakes are very high here and this match should tell us a great deal more about how both sides are shaping up. The recent history of this fixture alone makes it hard to fancy Atleti for the win, especially against a Real Madrid side which has already got good results in tricky away games this term. Los Blancos would be probably be content with a point though to maintain their advantage at the top of La Liga and a tight, derby draw looks a likely outcome.


Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid H2H

  • Last 6 competitive meetings: 1 Atleti Win, 1 Real Win, 4 Draws (90 minutes only).
  • Atleti were stunning 7-3 winners in a pre-season game between the sides in the USA.
  • However they’ve won just 1 of their last 18 home league derbies against Real Madrid.
  • Real have taken 4 points from their 2 trips to the Wanda Metropolitano including a 3-1 win last season.

Read all our La Liga previews and predictions this weekend!


Predicted Line Ups

Atletico Madrid Team:

Oblak – Trippier, Savic, Gimenez, Lodi – Koke, Saul, Thomas, Lemar – Felix, Costa (4-4-2)

Real Madrid Team:

Courtois – Nacho, Ramos, Varane, Carvajal – Casemiro, Kroos, James – Bale, Benzema, Hazard (4-3-3)

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Mark is a freelance writer based in Madrid. He has also lived in Seville and Barcelona and has written extensively about Spanish football. His work has been published by the likes of Guardian Sport & World Soccer.

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