Real Madrid vs. Atletico: Soccer Odds, Game Preview & Betting Prediction
The Champions League is far and away the most prestigious club event in world football, and this season’s version has delivered some dramatic moments on the road to the semi-finals. The final 4 will be in action this week, with the first legs of each of the ties set for Tuesday and Wednesday.
The first of the two match-ups to be played will pit familiar foes against one another, as Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid go head to head for a spot in the final. Besides meeting in La Liga every season, these two have also met in the Champions League in each of the past 4 seasons, including a pair of meetings in the final itself. Given how things have gone on those previous matches, it’s tough to bet against Real Madrid, as they have come out on top in all 4 games. This should be another fantastic match-up, although it has to be said that both teams are coming into this game with some off-field distractions.
Real Madrid Vs Atletico Madrid Game Info:
Why bet on the Real Madrid
If reports are to be believed, there are a group of players in the Real Madrid squad who are campaigning to have Cristiano Ronaldo play a little less than normal, as they feel that the team plays more cohesively without him. If this story is true, then you have to wonder if they have been paying attention during the run to the semi-finals. Ronaldo has been nothing short of brilliant throughout, capping things off with a hat trick in the extra-time win over Bayern Munich in the last round. He now has over 100 CL goals, which makes you wonder why anyone would ever want him out of the team. Madrid are still playing on two fronts, as a recent loss to Barcelona means that the La Liga title is going to go right down to the wire.
Why bet on the Atletico Madrid
Atlético are not without their distractions, as it appears that Antoine Griezmann is growing tired of the speculation that he may be moving to Manchester United in the summer. On the plus side, the rumors do not appear to be affecting his on-field performances, as most of his frustration seems to be aimed at media types continually asking the same questions over and over after every game. Atlético made it to the semis after taking care of a stubborn Leicester City team in the last round, and they are going to need another solid defensive display if they are to head back home for the second leg with a shot at moving on.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
When these two met in La Liga action at the San Bernabeu earlier this season, it was Real Madrid who came away with the 3-0 win. Not so sure that they will be as dominant here, but still think they will come away with the first leg win.
Betting Prediction: Real Madrid 2 – Atlético Madrid 0