Champions League Betting: Madrid Derby Quarterfinal DeciderPublished April 22, 2015 by Amir G
Real and Atletico Madrid meet for the Madrid Derby in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals (19:45 UK time).
Football fans have been blessed with a dream-material Champions League fixture today as Real Madrid host neighbor Atletico Madrid for the second leg of the quarterfinals (19:45 UK time).
Goals to be Expected
The first leg at Atletico's Vicente Calderon Stadium one week ago ended a disappointing-yet-interesting goalless draw, and both sides will aim to deliver this time: last game was full of chances that did not end in the net. If regarded as a straight continuation from where the last match ended, we're sure to see more than one goal in this Spanish thriller and not in a tiring penalty shootout.
Real Madrid Injuries
While Real has the home advantage today, the team is suffering from an injury plague as it will be missing several key players from the derby. Marcelo, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema are all sidelined from the action today.
It will be interesting to see who Carlo Ancelotti will put next to Cristiano Ronaldo, Javier Hernandez and Isco believed to be the most likely candidates. This game could be deciding for boss Ancelotti who's had a lot of critics this season and doubts about his future at the helm.
Atletico Madrid will have the upper hand or leg today in the midfield with the absence of Real's key players. Specifically, the absence of Gareth Bale will weigh heavily on Real and is a great relief for Atletico.
The Spanish champion will be motivated by Saturday's 2-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna which saw striker Antoine Griezmann scoring both goals, including an amazing acrobatic scissor kick right to the back of the net. It'll be a huge sensation, but Atletico Madrid has got the tools and ability to beat Real at home; look for Griezmann in goalscorer bets.
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