Kick-off: 2000, 28/09/2019
Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano
TV: Premier Sports
There has been plenty of talk about Real Madrid’s problems this season but they head into the weekend sitting one point clear at the top of La Liga.
They face their biggest domestic test so far though when they make the short trip across the city to face Atletico.
Diego Simeone’s men are just a point behind and with defending champions Barcelona having made a slow start, we think both of these teams will settle for a draw at 12/5 as our first Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid prediction.
A Look At Atletico Madrid’s Betting Odds
Atletico briefly went top of the table themselves on Wednesday when they took advantage of an earlier kick-off to put the pressure on their rivals with a 2-0 win at struggling Real Mallorca.
Diego Costa put Atletico ahead after 26 minutes with his first goal since March and Joao Felix doubled the advantage just after the hour, although they finished the game with 10 men after Alvaro Morata was sent off after receiving two quick yellow cards.
It was the ideal response having managed just one point and no goals in their two previous league games, although those matches came either side of a respectable 2-2 draw with Juventus in the Champions League.
Goals are usually in short supply in Atletico’s matches though and under 2.5 goals has paid out in five of their six Liga games this season, as well as three of their last four domestic meetings with Real.
Under 2.5 goals can be backed at 87/100 but we suspect both teams will set up initially to avoid defeat so instead we prefer bigger odds of 19/10 for a goalless first half as the next of our Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid betting tips.
A Look At Real Madrid’s Betting Odds
Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has been under scrutiny since their 3-0 Champions League humbling at Paris St Germain but his team have responded well to the criticism.
With presumably one eye on Saturday’s derby, the Frenchman took a risk against Osasuna on Wednesday night by leaving Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois on the bench but his much-changed side justified his selection.
Brazilian teenagers Vinicius Junior, with his first goal since February, and debutant Rodrygo scored the goals midway through either half in a 2-0 win.
Zidane played down the significance of the table, saying: “We’re top but that doesn’t mean anything. The important thing is that we continue on in this vein.
“We need to believe in what you’re doing and keep working with the same energy. You’re going to have tough spells during a season but we’ve got to be happy tonight.”
Last weekend’s 1-0 win at Sevilla was arguably more impressive and Real have scored in all six Liga games but given the standard of the opposition, we think they will settle for a 1-1 draw which can be backed at 6/1 in the Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid odds.
REAL MADRID 2-0 Osasuna – Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo
Mallorca 0-2 ATLETICO MADRID – Diego Costa, Joao Felix
Head-to-head: Atletico 1-3 Real, Real 0-0 Atletico, Real 2-4 Atletico, Real 1-1 Atletico, Atletico 0-0 Real
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