Local derbies in the Champions League are generally a rare thing, but for Real and Atlético Madrid the sight of their neighbours walking out to that famous anthem is becoming incredibly familiar indeed.
Tonight, the two sides go head-to-head in Europe’s premier competition for a 5th time in just 3 years, and the tension will be as high as ever.
Both sides recorded wins in their respective La Liga outings over the weekend, but who will come out on top at the Santiago Bernabéu tonight?
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Our Ultimate Form Guide (above) suggests an unbelievably tight affair is on the cards, with 15 key statistical areas split almost right down the middle – 6 Atlético wins, 5 Real wins and 4 draws.
In attack, it’s Real who look the more menacing. They’re averaging 1.1 goals per game more than their opponents and are managing a remarkable 18 shots on goal per 90 minutes of play.
That front line looks set to be tested to its limits, however, as Atlético’s defense is up there with Europe’s finest. They have 6 clean sheets in their last 10 and on average concede just 0.4 goals per game. With just 6% of shots on their goal normally finding the net, Ronaldo & co’s accuracy will have to be on point this evening if they’re to grab a result.
Ultimately, the result looks set to come down to who can hold their nerve. There are strong arguments for both sides coming out on top, and backing either side would be anything but a wasted bet.
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