Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid Betting Tips
The 2 top teams in La Liga meet on Saturday night as Atletico host Real in the Madrid Derby. With Barcelona’s grasp on La Liga seemingly falling away this season, it’s Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid who will be hoping to take the title away from Catalonia for only the second time since 2014. The sides met in pre season when Atletico sensationally won 7-3, but don’t expect quite the blow out when they meet this time around.
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Atletico Madrid’s La Liga Form
Last Time Out For Atletico
After eventually selling Antoine Griezmman in the summer, Atletico went out and bought Joao Felix from Benfica and even at £120m, they might have found a bargain. The youngster carried on his impressive start to the season with a goal in Atleti’s 2-0 win away at Real Mallorca. It was Felix’s strike partner, Diego Costa, who opened the scoring after 27 minutes however. Costa rose to power in a trademark header from Koke’s right wing set piece, scoring his 1st goal of the season. Mallorca came closest to scoring next but couldn’t get the ball over the line in a goalmouth scramble that Santiago Arias finally cleared. Felix grabbed his goal after 65 minutes with a deflected effort finding the far corner. On a straightforward night for Atleti, Alvaro Morata was shown 2 quick yellow cards after coming out a sub, ruling him out of a return against Real Madrid on Saturday. The result makes it 4 clean sheets from 6 games for Atleti who, despite losing Diego Godin, have maintained an impressive defence under Simeone.
Real Madrid’s La Liga Form
Last Time Out For Real Madrid
Despite talk about Real going through a crisis season, their win over Osasuna on Wednesday sent them to the top of La Liga. It was a straightforward win for Real, who came close early on through Luka Jovic and Toni Kroos. The breakthrough eventually came through Vinicius Junior, who curled an effort into the top corner from the corner of the box. Osasuna rarely troubled Real, but still Madrid couldn’t extend their lead and were limited to long range shots. The second half introduction of Rodrygo brought new life into Real, and the Brazilian was awarded with a debut goal to finish off a 2-0 win. The two youngsters were bright sparks for Real Madrid, but the fact that they are being relied on for goals will be worrying for Zidane and his team. Karim Benzema can still be relied upon, but with Luka Jovic misfiring and Gareth Bale a shadow of his former self, goals could still be a worry at the Bernabeu.
Where’s The Value Bet?
Although these teams can boast some of the best players in the world, the meetings in Madrid can sometimes be quite dull. In fact, in 5 of the last 10 games, the sides have drawn and on average have only scored 2.1 goals in 10 La Liga meetings. It can be said that when a team wins, it’s often a big victory, be that 4-0 or 3-1. But in recent years, these two sides have been so evenly matched and that is clearly reflected in the results. It’s quite tough to predict how this matchup will go given the big changes to both clubs this summer, but it will be close regardless. Especially with the way that Diego Simeone sets his teams up, Real Madrid will hardly get a look in going forward. On Bet UK’s betting markets, we’re offering Under 2.5 and Draw at 59/20, a decent price going off both form and recent history in Madrid.
How To Watch Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid won’t be available to all UK viewers, as it will be shown live on Premier Sports from 8:00pm on Saturday 28th September.
Bet UK’s Headline Betting Tip
This is a new look Atletico side and although Real might sit top of La Liga at the moment, we still think Atletico are the better side. It will be a close game in Madrid but we think Atletico might just edge it and gain an advantage in the league.
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