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Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid H2H: Derby day in the Spanish capital

Atletico Madrid entertain city rivals Real Madrid at the Civitas Metropolitano in La Liga this weekend. It’s a 21:00 kick-off in Spain, meaning the match will commence at 20:00 in the UK.

As well as the local pride that is always up for grabs in this fixture, it’s a significant early game in the title race. Victory would see Los Blancos extend their 100% start and go 11 points clear of their neighbours already.

Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid
Fede Valverde celebrates after scoring his team‘s second goal with team mates during the LaLiga Santander match between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid at the Metropolitano on September 18, 2022. (Photo by Manuel Reino Berengui/DeFodi Images) – Photo by Icon sport

Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid H2H: The story so far

There have been 214 competitive meetings overall.

  • Atletico Madrid Wins: 54
  • Draws: 52
  • Real Madrid Wins: 108

This fixture was historically dominated by Real Madrid who have recorded exactly twice as many wins as their rivals in Madrid derby showdowns. Things have been a bit more even since Diego Simeone rocked up in the red and white half of the city just over a decade ago.

However Atleti home wins have still been relatively rare which is something to be aware of when considering the Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid H2H predictions. They’ve only won 1 of their last 8 home games against Los Blancos in La Liga.

Atletico Madrid player Marcos Llorente
Marcos Llorente reacts during the LaLiga Santander match between Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid at the Metropolitano on September 18, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Reino Berengui/DeFodi Images) – Photo by Icon sport

History in the Making

Atletico Madrid have won just 1 of their 12 league Madrid derbies (home and away) since moving to their new stadium in 2017. That solitary victory came late in the season with a rotated Real Madrid side already the champions so they are hoping for their first truly meaningful league derby win in eight seasons here.

Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: Last five H2H matches

Spain Primera Liga 25/02/23

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Real Madrid

1
Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid

1

Spain Copa del Rey 26/01/23

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Real Madrid

3
Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid

1

Spain Primera Liga 18/09/22

Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid

1
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Real Madrid

2

Spain Primera Liga 08/05/22

Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid

1
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Real Madrid

0

Spain Primera Liga 12/12/21

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Real Madrid

2
Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid

0

Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico Madrid

The sides last met in La Liga in February. The 10 men of Atletico Madrid came close to claiming a sweet victory at the Santiago Bernabeu after taking the lead through Jose Maria Gimenez with only 12 minutes to play. However youngster Alvaro popped up with a late leveller for the hosts.

Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid
Marco Asensio of Real Madrid CF and Stefan Savic of Atletico de Madrid during the La Liga match at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on February 25, 2023. (Photo by Cesar Cebolla / Pressinphoto / Icon Sport)

Real Madrid 3-1 Atletico Madrid (AET)

There was a Copa del Rey Quarter Final meeting a month previously, which Atleti also took the lead and had a man sent off in. Real Madrid also came back to level through Rodrgyo’s fine goal before Karim Benzema and Vini struck in Extra Time to ensure progress for Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

Atletico Madrid 1-2 Real Madrid

The most recent meeting at the Civitas Metropolitano saw Real Madrid exploit Atleti’s defensive issues with some blistering breaks. Rodrygo and Fede Valverde put them in command before a late rally saw substitute Mario Hermoso get Atleti back into the game only to receive his marching orders in Stoppage Time.

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Real Madrid

Atletico Madrid’s last win over Real Madrid came on matchday 35 in the 2021/22 season of La Liga. With European distractions and the title sewn up, Los Blancos rested players as Yannick Carrasco struck the only goal from the penalty spot. The wideman won’t be in the lineup this weekend though after his recent move to Saudi Arabia.

Real Madrid 2-0 Atletico Madrid

Real Madrid won the reverse fixture earlier that season with relative ease. Goals from Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio secured a relatively rare two goal winning margin in a fixture that is often settled by at most a goal, if at all.

Iconic Moment

While this fixture has been more competitive during Diego Simeone’s time as Atletico boss, the all-time defining Madrid derby image is surely that of Sergio Ramos heading a Stoppage Time equaliser to break Atleti hearts in the 2014 Champions League Final.

Los Blancos went on to score three times in Extra Time to secure La Decima – their 10th European Cup.

Final Prediction

These games are almost always tight and while Real Madrid have won every match so far this season, they have not fully convinced with numerous late Jude Bellingham goals sparing their blushes.

A competitive derby clash is highly likely but it’s tough to pick a winner here and it’s doubtful that either coach will take too many risks in search of three points.

We’re saying 1-1 with Antoine Griezmann to score the first goal.


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