On Thursday, the schedule is not as extensive as it has been in the past few days, but this day still brings us the big Madrid derby, the popular “Madrid Derby,” where Atletico and Real will face off, all as part of the round of 16 of the Spanish Copa del Rey. The start of the match between these two teams is scheduled for 9:30 PM.
Atletico Madrid: The Mattress Makers have been conceding a lot of goals lately!
Despite several turbulences throughout the season, Atletico has once again managed to achieve its primary goal, which has been for years, qualifying for the Champions League. Right at the start, touching upon this elite competition, it’s worth mentioning that the club from the capital managed to reach the round of 16, after Diego Simeone’s men, competing against Lazio, Feyenoord, and Celtic, took the top spot in their group. In about a month, they will face Inter in the first leg of the round of 16, and considering Inter’s recent form, it seems that the Mattress Makers will be at a disadvantage in this duel.
In the six matches played in this elite competition, Simeone’s team achieved four victories and two draws, ultimately finishing four points ahead of second-placed Lazio, ensuring their top spot was never in doubt.
As for the Spanish league, Atletico is again playing quite variably. Currently, the club from the Spanish capital is in fifth place in the table, three points behind Athletic Bilbao, who is in third place and has one more game played than Madrid, and the same number of points less than fourth-placed Barcelona, who has played the same number of matches as Atletico.
Interestingly, Simeone’s men played their last match in the Spanish league exactly two weeks ago, when they were defeated away by Girona. This duel in Catalonia brought us seven goals, as the biggest surprise of the current La Liga season celebrated a 4:3 victory.
Before that, Atletico Madrid achieved a very important victory at home against this season’s disappointing Sevilla, with the match at Wanda Metropolitano ending 1:0.
Recently, the Mattress Makers participated in the final tournament of the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia, where they were eliminated in the semifinals by Real Madrid after extra time, in a spectacular match that ended with a 5:3 victory for the royal club, clearly indicating that this team has been conceding a lot of goals lately.
Certainly, Atletico has the highest possible goals in the Copa del Rey, however, what is not good is that their opponent will again be Real Madrid, who are playing really brilliantly, and it seems that the royal club is the favorite in this Super Cup match as well, with the expectation that we could again witness a real goal fest.
Of course, it should not be forgotten that the Mattress Makers have already managed to defeat Real Madrid this season, in the league, when it was 3:1 at Wanda Metropolitano.
Real Madrid: A Football Lesson to Barca and a New Trophy for the Royal Club!
Last season, Real Madrid won only one trophy, the Copa del Rey, after triumphing in the grand final against Osasuna. In the Champions League, the Spanish representative was eliminated in the semifinals by Manchester City, who eventually clinched the European champion title. In the league, Madrid had to settle for second place on the table, as Barcelona, after a four-year drought, won the championship title.
The primary goal for the team, led by the legendary Carlo Ancelotti, will primarily be the Spanish league title. It’s important to note that the royal club has already secured a trophy this season. A few days ago, they won the Spanish Super Cup after defeating their fiercest rival, Barcelona, in the final in Saudi Arabia. The match ended 4:1, and it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Real could have beaten the Catalans by an even larger margin.
Currently, things are going according to plan in La Liga, where Belingem and his teammates are in second place, one point behind the leader Girona. However, it’s worth mentioning that the current league sensation has played one more match than Real, as the latter participated in the aforementioned Super Cup final over the weekend.
In the last La Liga round, Real Madrid narrowly defeated Mallorca 1:0 in a challenging match in the Spanish capital. In their last five matches in the Spanish championship, Madrid has achieved four victories and one draw, the latter coming in one of the toughest La Liga away games against Betis, ending 1:1.
Regarding the Champions League, Carlo Ancelotti’s men once again dominated their group, which included Napoli, Union Berlin, and Braga, securing the top spot. In the round of 16, Europe’s most successful club will face Leipzig, and it seems that the Spanish representative is a strong favorite to advance to the quarterfinals.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team comes into this city derby in a great mood, following their first trophy win of the season. As things stand, it seems that the royal club won’t stop there, so we can expect an exceptionally good match at one of the most beautiful stadiums in Europe.
Our Betting Suggestions
As we have already mentioned, Atletico Madrid has been conceding quite a lot of goals lately, and it seems that Diego Simeone has significantly changed the philosophy of his team, which, after a long time, is playing for more goals. This is certainly something that can greatly please neutral fans. First of all, we advise you to try the Both-Teams-to-Score (gg) bet, for which the bookmaker Mozzartbet has prepared odds of 1.55.
For the same reason, we advise you to focus on a high-scoring game, specifically over 3.5 goals, for which Mozzartbet offers an excellent odds of 2.70.
Finally, we believe that Real Madrid will manage to eliminate their city rival in the Copa del Rey, and for Real Madrid to Win, Mozzartbet has set odds of 2.30.