Preview - Real Madrid vs Athlético Madrid 30 September 18

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Match Day 7
Real Madrid vs Athlético Madrid
Sunday, September 30th, 2018
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Santiago Bernabéu

Real Madrid:   
Last five matches form: W W D W L
Average goals per match: 2.00
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Karim Benzema (4)

Athlético Madrid:
Last five matches form: W L D W W
Average goals per match: 1.33
Average goals against per match: 0.67
Top Scorer: Thomas Lemar a& Antoine Griezmann (2)

It's derby time in Madrid this coming weekend as Diego Simeone's Athlético Madrid side travel across town to the Santiago Bernabéu to take on Real Madrid. It's second versus third in the big game on Match Day 7.

Having initially looked so impressive under Julen Lopetegui Real Madrid had their first major wobble in midweek when suffering a comprehensive 3-0 beating at Sevilla. They will be looking to bounce back in front of their home fans in one of the biggest games of the season here.

Athlético were a little slow out of the traps in La Liga but look to be finding their stride now with back to back wins over Getafe and Huesca. Needless to say this represents a significant step up in class.

Real have been dealt a considerable injury blow ahead of this game with the excellent Isco set to miss out. Athlético's José Giménez, Santiago Arias and Stefan Savic are rated as slight doubts.

The sides couldn't be split in La Liga last season; this game ending in a 1-1 draw and the reverse finishing goalless. Athlético did come out on top in their most recent encounter though when prevailing 4-2 after extra time in the Super Cup.

Athletico Madrid are a tough nut to crack at the back at the best of times and Real are likely to find it all the tougher without Isco here. That said we would expect the home team to dominate possession which should help ensure they at least avoid defeat, even after that poor performance against Sevilla.

Prediction: Real Madrid 1 - 1 Athlético Madrid

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots:  12 - 5
Shots on target: 5 - 3
Corner Kicks: 8 - 6
Possession: 62% - 38%

Nothing to trouble the scoreboard in the end at the Bernabéu, but referee Juan Martinez Munuera was at least kept fairly busy, reaching for his pocket seven times in the big Madrid derby. Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos and Nacho were all booked for the home side, with Juanfran, Thomas Lemar, Koke and Angel Correa all seeing yellow for Atletico.

This one went largely as expected in terms of the pattern of play of the game. Real bossing the ball and creating the more chances but in the end simply unable to break down this stubborn Atletico defence.

Atletico had the first really big chance when Antoine Griezmann was sent racing down the left-hand side with only the keeper to beat. Thibaut Courtois proved up to the task though.

Courtois was at it again soon after, this time denying Diego Costa from a tight angle.

Marco Asensio seemed certain to give Real the lead when played clean through in the second half, but it was again the keeper who came out on top. Jan Oblak pulling off the one handed save. That was as good a chance as either side had in the second half. Real not pressing forward with quite the numbers they did in the opening period having been repeatedly caught on the counter attack.

Honours even in the end then at the Bernabéu and probably a fair result on the night.

With Barcelona only drawing at home to Athletic Bilbao, Real Madrid would have gone top with a win here. Instead they lie second on goal difference. Atletico drop down a spot to fourth after the latest round of fixtures.




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