Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid predictions and football betting tips for tonight’s Champions League quarter-final first leg.
The opening quarter-final in this year's Champions League has thrown together last season's finalists for another Madrid derby, the match kicks-off at 7.45pm and we have picked out some free football tips.
In the Champions League, Atletico did qualify comfortably for the group stage after recording 13 points from their six fixtures. However, after being handed a tricky tie in the last 16 against Bayern Leverkusen, the Spanish Champions were taken all the way to penalties in order to book their place in the quarter finals.
Opponents Real Madrid also qualified with extreme ease after winning all six games and only conceding two goals in the process. Real were also handed German opponents in the round of 16. However, after coasting to a 2-0 win in Schalke, they threw away a 3-2 lead at the Bernabeu min the second leg and collapsed to a 4-3 defeat. Needless to say, this was quite the coupon buster!
In truth, March was not a good time for Carlo Ancelotti's men and the loss to Schalke did coincide with a poor run of form in the league. Real only picked up four points from a possible twelve and the only win – 2-0 at home to Levante – saw Cristiano Ronaldo's infamous strop at Gareth Bale scoring from his rebounded shot. Ronaldo clearly holds a grudge with the Welshman, I dread to think how he'd handle playing with John Terry.
Both sides do head into the Derby in decent form, though. Real have won their last three games on the bounce at an aggregate of 14-1, with Ronaldo scoring seven times in the process. Atletico are unbeaten in La Liga for the last eight matches, with French forward Antione Griezmann scoring four in his last three.
Odds for the Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid match tonight have very little to choose between the two sides. If you haven't got ana ccount at Paddy Power you can bet £10 on either Atletico Madrid at 9/1 ot Real Madrid at 9/1 to win the match.
Being a first leg tie and the fact the match is at the Vincente Calderon, I would expect things to end all square in my football predictions for the Madrid derby. Simeone's tactics are perfectly set up for tournament football and the Argentine will be absolutely desperate not to concede an away goal, it could be a very frustrating evening for Ancelotti and the natural viewer.
For our first Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid prediction bet on the draw at 23/10 with Betfred.
Moving over to the unfashionable world of the cards market, and these games are rarely played in the best of spirits. If you go back over the last six fixtures, the lowest total booking points has been 70, with the highest a whopping 115. Boylesports are offering 5/6 on over 60.5 booking points, although you never know with football, this should be an absolute shoe-in.
Tonight’s banker bet for the Madrid derby is the 5/6 for over 60.5 booking points with Boylesports.
Furthermore, Atletico midfielder Raul Garcia has picked up yellow cards in five his last six matches against Real Madrid and seems set to shake off an elbow injury to make the quarter-final. Garcia is a very tempting 10/1 to pick up the first booking of the match with Sky Bet, let's hope that elbow comes in handy.
Our third Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid betting tip for tonight is for Garcia to pick up the first booking at odds of 10/1 with Sky Bet.
Draw – 23/10 with Betfred: signup bet £10 get £30 free.
Over 60.5 booking points – 5/6 with Boylesports: signup get £50 free.
Garcia to be booked first – 10/1 with Sky Bet: signup bet £5 get £20 free.
Paddy Power have boosted the odds of both teams to win tonight to 9/1 and 8/1. Pick who you think will win and you will get 9/1 or 8/1 odds, that means a £10 bet wins £90 or £100! Plus a £10 refund if you lose.
How to get 9/1 for Atletico or 8/1 for Real Madrid to win:
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