Real Madrid take on the visitors Atletico Madrid in the quarterfinal match of Copa el Rey. The match will be played on Thursday, January 26th at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid).
Real Madrid were formally the strongest club in Europe last season. With heart attacks and luck, but still they won the Champions League. Well, in the domestic arena, they had no competition and ahead of schedule regained the title. In general, in the first year after returning to Spain, Ancelotti, perhaps, even exceeded all expectations. They started confidently after the summer holidays: a solid victory over “Eintracht” in the UEFA Super Cup, a quiet passage of the group stage in the Champions League. Yes, and in LaLiga Real were confidently in the lead, which emphasized 3-1 in “El Clasico”. But already in November, misfires began, which cost the loss of the leadership. It was not possible to add after a long break: “Valladolid” still put the squeeze on it, but then there was a defeat to “Villarreal”. In the Super Cup, only in the penalty shoot-out they passed Valencia, but only to get revenge from Barca 1-3 in the decisive match. On the other hand, there were already confident, solid 2-0 Athletics, another 1st historical opponent.
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Atlético were the champion of Spain in 2020/2021. But since then they constantly have to deal with problems. It seemed that in the course of the last tempo, the experienced Diego Simeone was able to stop the problems, and the final result of the season was quite worthy. But now there are also failures. Of particular note is the failure in the Champions League, where they were 4th, while the rivals were Bayer, Porto and Brugge - to put it mildly, not the most difficult company. In the example, there were also enough misfires, and, by and large, the task there now is not to compete for the championship trophy, but to stay in the top quartet and also start in the Champions League next autumn. It is not surprising that they tried to strengthen themselves in the “window”, fortunately, it turned out to sign Memphis Depay for frankly little money. Atletico had coped with Valladolid without the Dutchman, defeating him 3-0 with a goal from Morata and 1+1 from Griezmann.
In May last year, Athletic won against the neighbor. But in the previous dozen of the El Derbi Madrileño, Real did not lose, and in September they won 2-1 at Metropolitano. Both clubs are pragmatic, and, most importantly, not in the best shape in winter. So you can use the option with a pragmatic bet that there will be “less than 2.5 goals”
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 scored goals.