Match: Real Madrid – Atletico Madrid Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
Date: February 27, Saturday, 2016
Start time: 15:00 GMT
Real Madrid will host Atletico Madrid in “Santiago Bernabeu” for the derby from the twenty-sixth round of Primera Division. Both teams win only one point in the last round and now they will be very ambitious to win so they will have at least a minimal chances to catch Barcelona.
Los Blancos made a draw in their last game from La Liga with Malaga and now they are nine points behind Barcelona. Zinedin Zidan players must win this game against Atletico at home if they want to finish at least second in the end of the season.
Cristiano Ronaldo is in great shape when he helps Real to beat AS Roma in the Champions League during the weekend. But after that, he misses a penalty against Malaga and his team won the only point from this game.
It’s expected for Real Madrid to return defender Raphael Varane and the striker Karim Benzema, but probably Gareth Bale will miss the derby.
It’s very unlikely for Atletico Madrid to win La Liga this year. “Colchoneros” however will have not problems to qualify for Champions League, because they’re ranked second, eight points behind the leader Barcelona.
Their main focus for the season will be to finish above their rival Real Madrid and win on Saturday will surely help them succeed in this cause.
Atletico Madrid continues with their excellent game in defense after they record their third consecutive clean sheet in their drawn 0:0 against PSV in Champions League.
Atletico Madrid will probably count on their defense in the upcoming game, but considering that Zinedine Zidan will have the chance to rely on Karim Benzema I don’t believe that the guests will keep a clean sheet against Real Madrid in Bernabeu. Los Blancos play very well at home and I expect them to win.