La Liga Predictions: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid (Sept 18)

  • The Madrid Derby closes the round in Spanish La Liga.
  • Atletico hosts Real at its Wanda Metropolitan Stadium. 
  • The last seven meetings were all with under 2.5 goals. 

When it comes to La Liga predictions, this weekend’s game between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid is going to be a tough one to call – but we will give it our best shot!

This weekend’s Madrid Derby is one of the world’s most intense derbies. These two teams have been huge rivals since their respective foundations.

Atletico will be hoping to have the last laugh, but their fierce rivals won last season’s title, succeeding their enemies on the La Liga throne in the process.

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Schedule

  • Where: Wanda Metropolitan, Madrid, Spain
  • When: Sunday, September 18, 9 pm CET
  • How to Watch: ESPN

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Vegas Odds

Game Preview

Atletico Recovering From UCL Shock

Instead of taking all three points in the UEFA Champions League game in Leverkusen against Bayern, Atletico lost that one, 2-0. The officials missed an opportunity to award the Spanish team a clear penalty in the first half, directly influencing the final result. Two goals in the late finish took down the Mattress Makers, whose morale is shaken now. 

They have to get out of the hole as soon as possible; otherwise, the situation could be even more complicated. This was only the second loss in seven games played this year, and the first following four straight (three wins and a draw).

Atletico lost the opening game at Wanda to Villarreal but posted back-to-back victories vs. Porto 2-1 and Celta Vigo, 4-1. 

Real’s Rampage

The UEFA Champions League and La Liga champions are unstoppable now, with them recording seven straight wins currently. That is, they have won each competitive game since the year started. Carlo Ancelotti has a system that didn’t need too many additions or changes this summer, and Real wasn’t in the media focus that much. 

In all the games, Los Blancos scored at least twice, with the note that in three of the past four, they’ve hit the rivals’ net three times. Even with Karim Benzema out, the attack’s productivity isn’t declining, which only proves right our claim that Ancelotti’s system is the key to success.

Real is ruthless on the road, having four wins so far this year, with a combined goal difference of 12-3.

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Head to Head

Atletico was better than Real in the last La Liga meeting, winning 1-0. Though we need to say that Los Blancos prepared for the UEFA Champions League games at the time and that they had already secured the title. 

The first meeting of the campaign at Bernabeu saw the hosts winning, 2-0.

La Liga Predictions: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Pick

This will be a very tight and conservative game. Real’s approach on the road is cautious, with Vinicius and others trying to score on a counter-attack or through the transition. Meanwhile, Atletico is always protecting its own goal first and only then attacking if there is a chance. Our pick for this one is under 2.5 goals. No need to touch the full-time result and pick the winner, it is too risky.

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