A pivotal match in the race for the La Liga title takes place on Sunday afternoon as Atletico Madrid host neighbours Real at the Wanda Metropolitano.
The two are a couple of the main contenders for the crown this season, albeit Atleti are odds on to claim glory. Diego Simeone’s men sit top of the pile on 58 points, whilst Zinedine Zidane’s troops are two places and five points behind, albeit having played a game more. Analysing the odds, the bookies appear to agree with the current order of things. Atleti are more fancied to go the distance and win the league for the first time since the 2013/14 season at odds of 1/3 with Betfair, whilst Los Blancos sit some way behind at a price of 11/4 to overturn the deficit.
Whilst the league could be slightly more predictable, one thing that isn’t is the result between the two sides on Sunday, which could potentially make for an extremely exciting title race. In recent times, it is Real who have had the better of proceedings, unbeaten in each of their last 11 league clashes against their rivals. In that time, they have only conceded four goals and kept six clean sheets. It could then be a clever bet to back Real to win to nil away from home, something they have not managed to do against their great rivals in four years. This is available at odds of 11/4 with Betfred. Meanwhile, the prices for each side to win can be found at 8/5 for Atleti and 15/8 for Real respectively.
Despite the excitement surrounding the latest instalment of the Madrid derby, both sides could potentially be hampered by an extensive injury list. The hosts have key defender Jose Gimenez missing with an adductor injury, whilst Real could be missing the likes of Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard, Mariano Diaz and Dani Carvajal. In somewhat better news for Atleti though, Kieran Trippier is able to return from suspension.
With all-time Madrid derby top goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo now at Juventus, it’s tough to call who could potentially open the scoring. At the time of writing, it is Luis Suarez who is the most backed to strike the first blow. The Uruguayan, who already has 16 goals in the league this season, is at odds of 3/1 with William Hill to score first. Meanwhile, Vinicius Jr looks the biggest threat from a Real perspective so could be a clever selection at 15/2 despite having only scored twice so far this season.