Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid: Champions League Semi-Final First Leg – Match Preview

Real Madrid meet their city rivals Atletico Madrid in the Semi-Finals of the Champions League on Tuesday evening.

Madrid edged past Valencia on Saturday to remain favourites for the La Liga title, thanks to a late Marcelo winner.

In the previous round of the Champions League they progressed past Bayern Munich in extra-time after a thrilling two legs.

Atletico Madrid were too strong for the English champions Leicester City, with a narrow 1-0 win in the home leg the difference.

They hit five past Las Palmas on Saturday, with Kevin Gameiro scoring twice for Diego Simeone’s men.

Champions League form: Real Madrid W4 D0 L1; Atletico Madrid W2 D2 L1
Champions League top scorers
Real Madrid – Cristiano Ronaldo 7 goals
Atletico Madrid – Antoine Griezmann 5 goals

Match history
Real Madrid took four points off Atletico Madrid domestically this season, including a convincing 3-0 win away from home.

Real have also beaten Atletico in two of the last three Champions League finals, winning on penalties in 2016.

Last five meetings
Real Madrid 1 Atletico Madrid 1 – 09/04/16
Atletico Madrid 0 Real Madrid 3 – 19/11/16
Real Madrid 1 Atletico Madrid 1 (Real Madrid won on pens) – 28/05/16
Real Madrid 0 Atletico Madrid 1 – 27/02/16
Atletico Madrid 1 Real Madrid 1 – 04/10/15

Under 2.5 goals – 5/6 with Bet 365

Team news
Gareth Bale is sidelined until the end of the month with Isco expected to deputise for the Welshman.

Pepe remains absent, but Madrid are able to call upon Raphael Varane again and he will partner Sergio Ramos.

Yannick Carrasco is expected to miss out with a shoulder injury, whilst Juanfran is another set to be ruled out.

Nicolas Gaitan and Jose Gimenez are expected to deputise for the pair.

Expected starting XI’s
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Isco, Benzema, Ronaldo
Atletico Madrid (4-4-2): Oblak; Gimenez, Godin, Savic, Felipe Luis; Gaitan, Saul, Gabi, Koke; Griezmann, Gameiro

Predictions

Result: Draw (11/4 with Bet 365)

Correct Score: 1-1 (13/2 with Betfred)

Anytime Goalscorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (11/10 with William Hill)

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