Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid H2H – The Madrid Derby is always one of the feistiest and most-anticipated encounters in Spanish football, and arguably second only to El Clasico in the rivalry stakes.
This instalment will see the table-topping Real Madrid, led by newfound Galactico Jude Bellingham, travel across the city to try and coax three points out of the Estadio Metropolitano.
There waits an Atletico side still licking their wounds from their 3-0 defeat in Valencia last weekend will be desperate to kick-start their season.
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid H2H Record
Real Madrid certainly have the upper hand in this fixture. Since the two clubs first crossed swords in 1929, Los Merengues have won this game over twice as many times as their rivals, with 114 wins to 55, alongside 53 stalemates.
Under Diego Simeone, Atletico have been able to cause their colossal neighbours issues a little more frequently. Real’s overall win percentage in this fixture is still 51%, but since the famously combustible Argentine has been at the Atleti helm, it has dropped to 45%.
Atleti will be hoping the support of their loyal and vocal fans will help them level the playing field once again. When Los Colchoneros play at home, their chances of a positive result markedly improve. Though Real still have a narrow lead in the number of victories, it is only 42 to 39.
Exactly 75% of their victories over Real have come at home.
Real boast silverware bragging rights
Real also comfortably claim trophy-room bragging rights over Atletico in every area. They are, after all, the most successful European club in history. Real have a record 35 La Liga titles, 20 Copa del Rey trophies, a record five Club World Cups, and have, perhaps most famously, hoisted the Champions League trophy aloft on a colossal 14 occasions.
Such is their success in Europe, that they are near-synonymous with the Champions League. The supernatural powers that seem to take a grip when Los Blancos play in Europe make them even more dominant against their rivals, with Atleti only managing one victory in six attempts.
Though they pale in comparison to Real, Atletico’s trophy haul is not to be sniffed at, and is the envy of most clubs in Spain. 11 La Liga titles, 10 Copa del Reys and three Europa League trophies, many of which have been won in the club’s renaissance under Diego Simeone. That total makes them comfortably the third-most successful side in a country awash with talent.
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid H2H – All-Time Top Goalscorers
Estadio Metropolitano’s loyal supporters will be delighted that Cristiano Ronaldo is not only no longer in Spain, but on a different continent altogether, as he plies his trade for Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia. Ronaldo tormented Atleti for nine long seasons at Real, and notched an astonishing 22 goals against them in that time, at a rate equating to well over two goals a season.
Yet, just when Atletico thought they’d seen the back of the Portuguese all-time great, he scored a spectacular hat-trick against them in Juventus’ colours to eliminate them in the 2018/19 Champions League, bringing his total haul against them to 25.
New star man Jude Bellingham will be eager to follow Ronaldo’s example and get a goal on his Madrid Derby debut, but Vinicius Junior is their current top scorer in this fixture with four. Last season, he silenced the Atletico supporters after receiving torrents of abuse from them with a goal and assist that knocked Los Rojiblancos out of the Copa del Rey.
Real players also make up most of the rest of the top five scorers in this fixture. Alfredo di Stefano got 15, Santillana got 14, Ferenc Puskas 13. Atleti’s top scorer in this game is Adrian Escudero with 13. He played for them between 1945 and 1958 and is the club’s second highest scorer of all time, second only to Luis Aragonés.
Antoine Griezmann is their most likely current goalscorer, he ranks 4th in the club’s all time list, and has 8 against Los Blancos. However, we're still calling a hard-fought 1-1 draw in Sunday's derby.