Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid by FP




I always look forward to the Madrid derby, especially the ones played at Athletico’s Vicente Calderon Stadium. The atmosphere will be red hot here for the match between the two fierce city rivals and fireworks are guaranteed, especially with Diego Simeone in the home dugout.


Athletico Madrid have won many fans over the last few seasons with their displays. They fight hard for their team mates and wear their heart on their sleeve, and have some very good quality players to compliment their fighting spirit. The loss of Arda Turan to Barcelona was a loss in the summer, but Simeone has many quality players to step into his shoes. Antoine Griezmann is turning into Athletico’s best player in my opinion and will give most defences a hard time. New signing Jackson Martinez is yet to really hit form and start banging the goals in, but he is a quality player and the goals will come. Fernando Torres also has a great record of scoring for Athletico in the big games and looks sure to play a part, even if he does not play the full game. Koke will need to play well in midfield if Athletico are to contain Real but is a great young player and looks more than capable of holding his own.


Athletico’s form so far this season has been good but not brilliant, they have won three and lost three of their last six games, including a 2-1 loss to Benfica in the Champions League last time out. I feel Simeone will have had an eye on this match so would be tempted to forgive the performance.


New Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez is attempting to instill a defensive mindset into his mainly attack minded players, which seems to be working as they have conceded only one goal in their last six games. I do have concerns about the team’s overall balance however as the front three of Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema are left to their own devices up front while the rest of the team concentrate on defending. It does make sense in a way but I feel the players he has at his disposal are not suited to the tactics he is implementing. Their defensive run of hardly conceding is great, but it blunts their attacking ability slightly and the opposition so far has not been of a great standard. As for the starting line up, Benitez is unlikely to change the team too much as the strikers and defence pick themselves. Playing James Rodriguez in addition to Bale and Ronaldo may be too risky for him and he has a choice between Rodriguez and playing a more defensive minded midfielder.


Athletico Madrid represent a step up in class for Benitez’s side, and I feel Athletico’s established team and tactics will cause major issues for Real Madrid. Ronaldo managed a few goals in midweek but has not been having as much of an impact in games as we are used to, perhaps as a result of the change in tactics. Anything can happen in a Madrid derby, but it looks sure to be very entertaining and is simply unmissable viewing. I will be backing Athletico Madrid to win in the draw no bet market, so I get my money back if the game ends in a draw.


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Pick Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Athletico draw no bet 10bet 2.20 9 1-1 PUSH (Stake return)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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