Preview - Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid 8 April 2018

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Match Day 31
Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid
Sunday, April 8th, 2018
11:15 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

Real Madrid: 
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.53
Average goals against per match: 1.10
Top Scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (22)

Atletico Madrid:
Last five matches form: W W L W W
Average goals per match: 1.67
Average goals against per match: 0.47
Top Scorer: Antoine Griezmann (17)

There's no doubt about the big game in La Liga this coming weekend. It comes at the Santiago Bernabéu on Sunday as Atletico Madrid come to town to take on fierce rivals Real Madrid.

Well clear of fifth placed Villareal, both sides have just about secured Champions League football next term and it will therefore mainly be pride at stake as Atletico bid to hold off Real in the race for second behind Barcelona. Four points clear of their city rivals, Atletico will hold on to second spot whatever the result here but a win for the home side will cut the gap to just the one point.

Real are struggling a little at the back but despite not quite being 100%, Raphael Varane is expected to make the line-up.

Atletico receive a major double boost here with both top scorer Antoine Griezmann and Vitolo returning from suspension.

Real are undoubtedly playing their best football of the season at present, winning 11 of their last 12 in all competitions and taking Juventus apart in the Champions League in midweek.

Atletico arrive on the back of a positive European night of their own having beaten Sporting in the Europa League. Following a solid start away from home, going unbeaten in their first nine, they have now lost three of their past six.

These two played out a goalless draw in the reverse fixture but we expect this to be a little more entertaining. Real appear in better form at present and with the benefit of home advantage may just do enough.

Prediction: Real Madrid 3 - 2 Atletico Madrid


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 30 - 9
Shots on target: 8 - 5
Corner Kicks: 11 - 2
Possession: 69% - 31%

Two bookings for the home side, with referee Xavier Estrada taking the names of Toni Kroos and Lucas Vazquez. Vitolo, Thomas and Lucas Hernandez saw yellow for Atletico.
Real Madrid dominated this one and yet came away with only a point. An almost ridiculous thirty shots, eight of which were on target and a further two of which struck the woodwork, yet crucially only one goal to show for their efforts. Atletico were behind on almost every metric but ended up level on the only one that counts in the end.

It was Real who came closest in the first half. Marco Asensio's effort following a corner finding the woodwork in just the tenth minute. Then just before the break Marcelo's long-range effort clattered the post. 0-0 at half time though.

Gareth Bale had been restored to the line up to partner Cristiano Ronaldo and in the 53rd minute that decision paid off. Bale racing down the left-hand side before crossing deep to the far post. The ball dropped perfectly for Ronaldo to fire a low volley first time into the bottom corner.

Real's lead didn't even last five minutes. Antoine Griezmann nutmegging Marcelo to play in Vitolo on the right-hand side of the box. Vitolo's stabbed effort on goal was saved but came back out to Griezmann who fired home via a slight deflection.

Chances for both sides in the closing stages, including a close Sergio Ramos free kick right at the death but we finished all square.

A big result for Atletico in their bid to hang on to second spot in La Liga. This failure to win at home coupled with Valencia's victory over Espanyol sees Real drop to third place in the standings.

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