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Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid Match Preview, Predictions & Tips 02/05/2017

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Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid Match Preview, Predictions & Tips 02/05/2017

Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid Match Preview:

An upcoming Madrid first-leg semi-final derby of Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will become fifth on the Champions league stage in the space of 2014-17 years when modern Zinedine Zidan's team won two grand finals over Diego Simeone, that came in 2014 and 2016, while there was a two-legged quarter-final tie in 2014/15 season on the way where once more Los Blancos had qualified for semifinals before they lost to Juventus 3-2 on aggregate following a 1-0 elimination to The Mattressers.
Match status: EUROPE: Champions League - Play Offs - Semi-finals
Venue: "Santiago Bernabeu" in Madrid, Spain

Real Madrid: Team News

Presently, Galacticos are in the title race with Barcelona, levelled on points but with one game in hand to play, at the same time making their way in the Champions league step by step to the next top-flight UEFA competition's final, which is set to kick off on Saturday night, 3rd July in Cardiff.

Before taking on Atletico Madrid now at semi-finals, Zinedine Zidane's men have successfully overcome earlier two qualification-threatening barriers as they eliminated Italian Napoli and German Bayern Munich, who were showing good strength throughout. Here for this one, Real's squad is short on a few first-team players as Welsh right-winger Gareth Bale and Portuguese centre-back Pepe cannot be relied on through injury.

Atletico Madrid: Team News

Howsoever paradoxically it may sound, but Los Rojiblancos have been unable to beat their most implacable city rival in European campaigns for over 58 years since an Atletico victory in 1959 was the first and last until now. From then on, in the following meetings, either Real Madrid claimed a win or they secured a draw, leaving The Red-and-Whites uncrowned just yet.

As of now in Primera Division, Atletico Madrid also remain in contention for a top-third finish with Sevilla, who are 3 points behind Diego Simeone with three games left to play. Undoubtedly, this state of affairs for the last year's Champions league co-finalists is far from satisfactory, indeed. It follows that the Atletico players will be tearing around at "Santiago Bernabeu" to grasp on any positive result including draw, in particular, before there is a chance left of getting through to the final when they're playing on home ground.

Possible starting lineups of the teams:

Real Madrid: Keylor Navas - Marcelo, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Daniel Carvajal - Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos - Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Isco (4-3-3 formation)

Atletico Madrid: Jan Oblak, Jose Gimenez, Diego Godin, Stefan Savic, Filipe Luis - Koke, Gabi, Saul Niguez, Nicolas Gaitan - Antoine Griezmann, Kevin Gameiro (4-4-2 formation)

Missing players of Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid:

Real Madrid: Pepe, Gareth Bale, Fabio Coentrao.

Atletico Madrid: Augusto Fernandez, Miguel Angel Moya, Sime Vrsaljko, Juanfran.

Real Madrid - Atletico Madrid Head-to-Head Stats:

08.04.17 LL Real Madrid 1:1 Atl. Madrid
28.05.16 CL Real Madrid 2:1 (1:1) Atl. Madrid
27.02.16 LL Real Madrid 0:1 Atl. Madrid
22.04.15 CL Real Madrid 1:0 Atl. Madrid
15.01.15 CDR Real Madrid 2:2 Atl. Madrid

Interesting facts and streaks:

  • Real and Atletico have met in a European Cup/Champions League semi-final before, Los Blancos progressing through to the final after three legs against their city rivals during the 1958/59 campaign; they went on to lift the trophy.
  • Real Madrid have reached the Champions League semis for the 7th consecutive season, a record in the history of the tournament.
  • Atletico Madrid have lost only one of their 10 Champions League games this season (W7 D2).
  • Since 2010/11, Real Madrid have won 35 of their 41 Champions League games at Santiago Bernabeu (D4 L2). Their two defeats during that time came against Barcelona in April 2011 (0-2) and Schalke in March 2015 (3-4).
  • Real Madrid have scored at least two goals in each of their 10 Champions League games this season. However, they have also failed to keep a single clean sheet in those 10 games.
  • Real Madrid have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 4 home matches against Atletico in all competitions.

Conclusion and Match Preview:

Although both sides come up the first-leg at "Santiago Bernabeu" with certain missing players, the squad depth of theirs allows the coaches to prepare their elevenths with no much harm to the teams ahead of the opening semi-final.

No doubt that the hosts are named favourites when they face their local rival having the home-ground advantage and with an enviable form gained by Zinedine Zidan's men recently. It goes quite obvious Diego Simeone's side will put the accent on their playing manner as they need to keep own goal safe, with an eye towards the second-leg decider coming 8 days (Wednesday May 10) later at Vicente Calderon Stadium.

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Predictions

Main Match Predictions:
Real Madrid Team Goals Under 1.5 @ 1.83 (5/6)
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Correct Score:
1-0 Home Win @ 6.50 (11/2)
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