With second place in La Liga on the line, we could be in for a cracking local derby as Real Madrid host Atletico Madrid at the Bernabeu on Sunday. Both sides recorded midweek wins in Europe, but there’s no doubt who made all the headlines.
Where and when: Santiago Bernabeu – 8 April, kick-off 15:15
Where you can see Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid: Sky Sports, William Hill live streaming
Last time: The teams played out a goalless draw when the teams met at the Wanda Metropolitano in November, the first between the sides in La Liga since 2005.
Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid Predictions and Preview
There’s only one place to start isn’t there. Cristiano Ronaldo had football fans leaping out of armchairs around the world with his spectacular overhead kick against Juventus in Turin on Tuesday. Applauded by the home supporters, the Portuguese has two hat-tricks in his last five games against Atletico.
Real’s No.7 also bagged the winning penalty against their fierce Madrid rivals in the 2016 Champions League final, after he also rounded off the scoring to win the same trophy two years previously. With 39 goals to his name so far this season, Ronaldo is the 16/5 favourite to break the deadlock on Sunday.
Los Blancos are 3/4 in the outright market, which is decent enough value considering Zinedine Zidane’s side are hitting form at the perfect time as they go in search of a third straight Champions League triumph. Nacho is their only injury concern, while Gareth Bale could come back into the side after remaining on the bench for the first leg of the European quarter-final at the Juventus Stadium.
Atleti had their own Europa League quarter-final on Thursday, with Antoine Griezmann securing a 2-0 win over Sporting Lisbon after Koke’s first minute opener. Diego Simeone’s side could be missing four players in Jose Gimenez, Sergio Gonzalez, Sime Vrsaljko and Filipe Luis, but Griezmann and Diego Costa will pose a major threat up top.
Los Rojiblancos are 22/5 for the victory, which would see them stretch their lead over third-placed Real to seven points with seven games left in the season. A win for the hosts meanwhile would cut the gap to just a single point. If you think the game will end with honours even, the draw is priced at 3/1.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Who else? One more goal for Ronaldo would take him to 40 for the eighth consecutive season. It’s a ridiculous record, and he’s 3/2 to hit the back of the net in a home win, or 17/1 to bag a fourth hat-trick against Atleti.
One to watch for Atletico Madrid: It could be a final Madrid derby for Griezmann, with the French forward looking set to join Barcelona in the summer. With 24 goals to his name so far this term, he’s 7/1 to score first or 27/11 to bag anytime.
Long shot: Gareth Bale winning a place in the starting XI could be as much of a long shot as anything. However, if he does get the nod, he’ll be desperate for a fast start to show he’s worth a place in Real’s line-up for the second leg against Juventus next week. The Welshman’s 45/1 to open the scoring in a 3-1 home win.