Real Madrid have suffered only two losses this season, and both were to Atletico Madrid. These two losses occurred in two different competitions, La Liga and the Copa Del Rey. So with that in mind, Sunday’s Madrid Derby is not just a football match; it’s a statement game for both side.
Also known as the Capital City Derby, it’ll be a showcase of skill, strategy, and passion. We’ll see another epic clash between Real Madrid’s attacking flair and panache against Atlético Madrid’s grit and counterattack.
El Derbi Madrileño FYIs
Kickoff: Sun. Feb. 4, 8pm, Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain
Team News for Both Sides: go here
Form Guide, Standings: Real Madrid WWWWW 1st 51 pts Atletico Madrid WWWLW 3rd 47 pts
Result Probability: Real Madrid 56% Draw 23% Atletico Madrid 21%
Every time these two get together, one can revisit the historical context. Real are obviously one of the biggest, wealthiest and most successful clubs in the entire world. They are known for being extremely rich, having a very full trophy cabinet, and an overall attitude to go with it.
Atlético have a reputation for being resilient and maintaining a strong defensive approach, reflective of their manager Diego Simeone. They are usually considered the underdog in this match-up, and will be again here, even despite having bested Real Madrid twice this season.
Starting XI Predictions for Both Sides
Andriy Lunin; Dani Carvajal, Antonio Rudiger, Nacho, Ferland Mendy; Fede Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Toni Kroos; Jude Bellingham; Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr.
Jan Oblak; Axel Witsel, Mario Hermoso, Reinildo Mandava; Nahuel Molina, Rodrigo De Paul, Koke, Saul Niguez, Lino; Antoine Griezmann, Alvaro Morata
Prediction: Real Madrid 1, Atletico Madrid 1
This rivalry extends far beyond the pitch. It reflects the social and cultural differences within the Spanish capital city. We’re predicting a score draw at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, which may feel like a win to some of Atletico Madrid’s supporters.
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