Atletico Madrid Vs Real Madrid – The big city derby came perhaps in the best possible moment for Atletico, because they are rested and fit, while Real’s tired and dazed after defeat in the Champions League. Just three points separates them on the table in favour of Real Madrid, which adds charm to the game. The only thing that goes in favour of Real Madrid is the tradition, since they won the city rival in last seven league games, and two more times in the Cup, two seasons ago. Atletico draw last time in 2009 in an away game, and won the last time all the way back in 1999. It was 2-0 for Real in the beginning of December last year at Santiago Bernabeu. Begins: 27.04.2013 – 20:00 CET
Atletico is amped up for this game for several reasons. They have one of the best seasons as far as La Liga is in question and have a chance after many years to end up on the table in front of Real Madrid. Another major motive is the mentioned very negative tradition in duels against the city rival, whom they haven’t won in last 14 years. What will certainly motivate them further is Real Madrid’s debacle in the Champions League, after which they certainly moved this game to lover place on their priority list. Atletico has strength to win, which it hadn’t for a long time. It is in a series of five matches without defeat, and in last ten has lost only once. In last three matches hasn’t received a goal, and in last five has taken only once a ball out of their net. They had two good matches in previous two rounds. First they outclassed Granada with 5-0 and then won away the uncomfortable Sevilla with 1-0. Striker Falcao is back in a great form and has scored three goals in two mentioned matches. And the situation with injuries is getting better and Tiago and Arda Turan return after recovery, but it is not certain they will immediately get the green light to play. Diego Costa will play as the yellow card he earned against Seville was cancelled, so coach Simeone has sweet worries about the team.
Probable lineups Atletico Madrida: Courtois – Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe – Mario Suarez, Gabi – Koke, Raul Garcia – Diego Costa, Falcao
At Real everything is completely opposite as compared to Atletico. They definitely didn’t need a game against the city rival between two legs of the Champions League semi-finals, especially after they suffered a real debacle on Wednesday in Dortmund. They are tired and shocked with 4-1 defeat, which must reflect on the players, and alongside that they certainly didn’t give up and still want the finals, so the rematch against Borussia that is on schedule on Tuesday is a lot more important match for them. However, they don’t want defeat from Atletico because fans would hardly forgive it, and an eventual victory would certainly raise morale ahead of game with Borussia. Mourinho will certainly change the team from one that played in Dortmund, so Raul Albiol could play on the stopper position, Kaka and Di Maria could start in the midfield, and perhaps even Callejon and Benzema in the attack.
Probable lineups Real Madrid: Diego Lopez – Sergio Ramos, Raul Albiol, Varane, Coentrao – Xabi Alonso(Callejon), Khedira – di Maria, Kaka, C.Ronaldo – Benzema
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid Pick
Atletico wants finally to win the city rival, and Real is shaken and is in its mind is only the rematch against Borussia, so this could be a match without solid defences and too much tactics.
Odd: 2.30 - Interwetten
Tip: Over 2.5
Odd: 1.83 - Pinnacle