Real Madrid will be the visiting team. Real Madrid is presently in first place in the division after collecting 15 points with a flawless start to the season, while Atletico Madrid is currently in seventh place in the standings and has accumulated 10 points after playing in their first five matches.
Match Preview: Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid
The Red and Whites have gotten off to a good start in the 2022-23 La Liga season, winning three, drawing one, and losing one of their first five matches for 10 points, good enough for seventh place in the standings, five points behind Real Madrid ahead of Sunday’s match.
However, they are coming off a poor result in the Champions League, a 2-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen in Germany that dropped them to third place in Group B. After opening the season with a 3-0 win away to Getafe, Atletico was dealt an early blow as they lost at home to Villarreal by a score of 2-0.
With wins against Valencia (1-0) and Real Sociedad (1-1) and a resounding 4-1 triumph over Celta Vigo (most recently), Simeone’s squad has collected seven points in their previous three league games.
While Angel Correa, Rodrigo De Paul, and Yannick Carrasco all scored in the dominant victory last weekend, Atletico now faces the defending champions, who have not lost any of their eight matches in all three competitions this season.
The analogous encounter between these two teams last season ended in a 1-0 victory for Atletico, who placed third in La Liga. This was their first victory against Real Madrid in the league since February of 2016.
Team News: Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid
Stefan Savic, Jose Gimenez, Thomas Lemar, and Sergio Reguilon may miss the game. Jan Oblak will start in goal, while Axel Witsel will play with Reinildo and Mario Hermoso.
Koke, De Paul, and Marcos Llorente might form Simeone’s midfield three, with Carrasco on the left. Antoine Griezmann is expected to start behind Joao Felix and Alvaro Morata. Karim Benzema’s Champions League thigh injury sidelines him.
Rodrygo might play false nine with Valverde and Vinicius Junior up front. Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Dani Carvajal, and Ferland Mendy will start for Tchouameni.
Eder Militao missed Real Madrid’s last two games with an injury, but he’s back in full training and might replace Rudiger and Alaba. Lucas Vazquez’s thigh injury is the only other away absentee.
- Atletico Lineup: Oblak, Reinildo, Witsel, Hermoso, Molina, Llorente, Koke, De Paul, Carrasco, Morata, Felix.
- Madrid Lineup: Courtois, Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy, Modric, Tchouameni, Kroos, Valverde, Rodrygo, Vinicius.
Our Prediction: Atletico Madrid 1-1 Real Madrid
Some of Atletico’s most important players won’t be available for this match, but Real Madrid will be severely hampered without Benzema. As a result, Atletico’s chances of winning are significantly reduced.
It is very tough to bet against Real Madrid at the moment, but Atletico should always be respected at their own stadium, and we feel that a close and tense battle at Wanda Metropolitano will end with the teams sharing the three points.
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