Real Madrid are set to play Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on Thursday in the quarter-final of the Copa del Rey. Real Madrid come into this game on the back of a 2-0 win over Ernesto Valverde’s Athletic Bilbao in the league. Goals from French superstar Karim Benzema and German midfielder Toni Kroos secured the win for Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid.
Atletico Madrid, on the other hand, beat Pacheta’s Real Valladolid 3-0 in the league. Goals from striker Alvaro Morata, French forward Antoine Griezmann and centre-back Mario Hermoso sealed the deal for Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid.
Right now, they are probably precariously balanced between these two standards. They are second in the league, three points behind arch-rivals Barcelona, and have won three of their last five league games. They are in the quarter-final of the Copa del Rey and have a Champions League Round of 16 match-up against Liverpool.
Los Blancos also recently lost a cup final against Barcelona. This has increased the pressure on manager Carlo Ancelotti because at Real Madrid, one game can alter the mood and change the dynamics. An exit from another cup competition would do Ancelotti no favors.
Real Madrid are football royalty. Even when they are not performing well, it is hard not to talk about them. When they are performing well, it is hard to talk about anything else.
Right now, they are probably precariously balanced between these two standards. They are second in the league, three points behind arch-rivals Barcelona. Combine that with spending €127 million to sign Joao Felix, not utilizing him properly and then sending him out on loan among other transfer mishaps, and suddenly it makes sense for curtains to be brought down on Simeone’s Atleti spell.
Prediction: Real Madrid 2-0 Atletico Madrid
Real Madrid is going head to head with Atlético Madrid starting on 26 Jan 2023 at 20:00 UTC . The match is a part of the Copa del Rey.
Real Madrid is going head to head with Atlético Madrid starting on 26 Jan 2023.
Real Madrid quartet Aurelien Tchouameni (calf), Dani Carvajal (muscle), Eden Hazard and Lucas Vazquez (both ankle) are all unavailable for selection as they continue to recover from injury.
However, Los Blancos have been boosted by the return of Austria international David Alaba, with Ancelotti confirming that the defender “will play” against Atletico after recovering from a calf problem.
Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, who both began as substitutes last time out, are expected to be recalled to centre-midfield, while Eduardo Camavinga is set to complete the midfield three as Tchouameni continues his recovery from injury.
Marco Asensio started on the right flank against Bilbao, but his place could come under threat from either Federico Valverde or Rodrygo, while Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema are set to retain their places in attack.
Real Madrid:- Courtois; Nacho, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Modric, Camavinga, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Jr
Atletico Madrid:- Oblak; Molina, Savic, Hermoso, Reinildo; Llorente, De Paul, Kondogbia, Carrasco; Griezmann, Depay
Tip 1: Result – Real Madrid
Tip 2: Game to have over / under 2.5 goals – Under 2.5 goals
Tip 3: Real Madrid to keep a clean sheet – Yes
Our analysis of all available data, including recent performances and player stats, suggests the most likely outcome of this match is a Real Madrid win with a probability of 41.61%. A win for Atletico Madrid has a probability of 32.93% and a draw has a probability of 25.5%.
The most likely scoreline for a Real Madrid win is 1-0 with a probability of 9.44%. The next most likely scorelines for that outcome are 2-1 (8.84%) and 2-0 (6.92%). The likeliest Atletico Madrid win is 0-1 (8.22%), while for a drawn scoreline it is 1-1 (12.05%).
Live stream info: The game will air on ESPN+, which is ESPN’s streaming service that requires a subscription.
Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid a great match to watch, Real Madrid will win.
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