Preview - Atlético Madrid vs Real Madrid 09 February 19

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Feb 09, 2019, 07:15 AM Last Edit: Feb 09, 2019, 07:17 AM by Harry85
Match Day 23
Atlético Madrid vs. Real Madrid
Saturday, February 9th 2019
23:15pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano

Atlético Madrid: 
Last five matches form: D W W W L
Average goals per match: 1.45
Average goals against per match: 0.64
Top Scorer: Antoine Griezmann (10)

Real Madrid:
Last five matches form: L W W W W
Average goals per match: 1.68
Average goals against per match: 1.18
Top Scorer: Karim Benzema (10)

The standout fixture on Match Day 21 in La Liga undoubtedly comes at the Wanda Metropolitano as it's derby time in Madrid. With Atlético second and Real third, and only two points between the sides, bragging rights and league position are up for grabs in this one.

The past three league fixtures between these sides have all ended in draws, with both this game last season and the matchup at the Bernabéu earlier in the current campaign finishing up in a goalless draw.

Stefan Savic is the only confirmed absentee for the home side. There is a slight question mark against Diego Costa though so Alvaro Morata may get the nod up front once again. Isco looks like being the only Real player missing.

This must be one of the toughest places to come to get a result in La Liga. Atlético have lost just once in their past 32 fixtures here, keeping a phenomenal 22 clean sheets over that run of games. They are unbeaten here this season , winning nine of eleven and not conceding in each of their past four.

Real are going very nicely at present though, with seven wins in their past nine, as they continue to haul themselves up the table following that poor start. They are unbeaten in their last four away from home, hitting two or more in each of their last three.

The key stat here may be that Real Madrid have kept only one clean sheet away from home all season. Take the home side to stifle the visitors and nick a narrow win.

Prediction: Atlético Madrid 1 - 0 Real Madrid


Half time:  1 - 2
Full time: 1 - 3
Shots:  11 - 11
Shots on target: 2 - 4
Corner Kicks: 3 - 4
Possession: 34% - 66%

The home side struggled to keep their discipline in check here as events went against them. Antoine Griezmann, Jose Gimenez, Lucas Hernandez, Alvaro Morata and Saul Niguez all being booked and Thomas being dismissed for a second yellow in the eightieth minute. Lucas Vazquez, Sergio Reguilon and Luka Modric of Real also had their names taken by referee Xavier Estrada Fernandez.

The opening goal came in the 16th minute. A corner from the right making its way to Casemiro around seven yards from goal. He did scuff his acrobatic effort slightly but got enough on it to send it in low to the left.

Atlético were back on level terms nine minutes later. Angel Correa sending Antoine Griezmann scampering clear in the right channel and the frontman finishing though keeper Thibaut Courtois's legs from just inside the area.

Real regained the lead two minutes before the break. Vinicius Junior sent tumbling in the area and the referee pointing to the spot. Sergio Ramos stepping up to convert into the bottom left. 1-2 at the break.

Atlético had a Morata goal disallowed and a decent penalty claim turned down before Real put a seal on matters in the 74th minute. Luka Modric slipping in Gareth Bale to the left of the area and the Welshman finishing really well into the bottom right corner. 1-3 final score.

Big win for Real Madrid this one, and the result which perhaps truly confirms they are now back in business. They leapfrog Atlético, moving into second and a point clear of their big rivals. They are still six points adrift of Barcelona, but what looked impossible now merely looks improbable as they look to lay down a title challenge.

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