Atlético Madrid vs. Real Madrid: No Guard of Honor for Real Madrid and Plenty at Stake For Atlético Madrid

May 6, 2022
Benson Chikezie

Spanish La Liga 2021/2022
Matchday 35
Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid

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Real Madrid Real Madrid

La Liga champions Real Madrid travel to the home of their city rivals Atlético Madrid in their first outing after clinching the league title last weekend. Atlético have suggested they will not be giving Real Madrid a guard of honor as champions, but they still have a lot to play for, unlike their visitors. They are yet to seal their place in the Champions League next season and have Real Betis only three points behind them in fifth place. The latest La Liga Madrid derby will kick off at 00:30 IST on May 9.

Teams Status

Here is the latest form and team news from Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid:

Atlético Madrid Form and Team News

Diego Simeone’s side have not been at their brilliant best all season, putting up a weak title defense and now find themselves in a top-four scrap with four matches to go. After racking up four wins in a row in all competitions, Atlético have only been able to manage one win in their last six matches, crashing out of the Champions League in ugly fashion against Manchester City.

They have managed 61 points all season, winning 18, drawing seven, and losing nine matches. They have not won against Real Madrid in a competitive fixture since 2018, a duck they will be hoping to break this weekend. Thomas Lemar and Joao Felix may not feature in Real Madrid’s visit as they are injured.

Real Madrid Form and Team News

Real Madrid followed up their La Liga title celebrations with another big night in Europe, where they came back from two goals down on aggregate to win by six goals to five against Manchester City. Their 4-0 loss against Barcelona in the El Clásico proved to be a minor setback, as the Spanish champions have won every league game since.

They have four wins in their last five matches against Atlético Madrid, further underlining their dominance over their city rivals in recent years. They also have a great away record in the league with six wins, one draw, and one loss in their last eight matches on the road. Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard remain on the sidelines and may not feature against Atlético Madrid.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

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The sportsbooks at Melbet,, and Parimatch favor an Atlético Madrid victory at 2.1, 2.06, and 2.10 odds, respectively. A draw is placed at 3.64, 3.55, and 3.55 odds on the respective sportsbooks, and a win for the visiting champions could only be placed at 3.76, 3.55, and 3.60 odds, respectively.

Tipster’s Angle

Real Madrid are in fine goalscoring form, and although they have already won this title, the Madrid derby is a game of pride. Carlo Ancelotti will be cautious to risk his key players, with a Champions League final on the horizon and Atlético Madrid notorious for their physicality.

Atlético Madrid know that this game is theirs to lose, and they have more at stake than their rivals, who are playing for pride. A loss will give Real Betis hope to leapfrog them into fourth place, and Champions League football is a must for Diego Simeone and his team. Here are our tips for this fixture:

Tip: Draw in Either Half @ 1.51

The Madrid derby is usually a keenly contested affair, and we expect nothing less in this round. Both teams have not scored that many goals in their last five meetings, so a draw in either half is a likely outcome, given that Real Madrid will probably rest most of their key players after their heroics in midweek. Draw in either half is available on the Paripesa sportsbook at 1.51 odds.

Tip: Over 1.5 Goals @ 1.28

Goals have always been few and far between in this fixture in recent years, but we expect more than one goal in this encounter. Atlético Madrid know they must win, and judging by how hard it is to put this Real Madrid team down, we expect a multi-goal result, whether the match ends in a win or a draw. The outcome for over 1.5 goals is available on the Melbet sportsbook at 1.28 odds.


Another Madrid derby is upon us, but this time, only Atlético Madrid have something more than pride at stake. Atlético will not give a guard of honor to their rivals, but if they lose, they will lose more than just their honor. We expect a thrilling and physical football game this weekend.

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