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Spanish football returns from the international break in epic style with a mouth-watering set of fixtures across the weekend. The highlight, however, undoubtedly comes from Saturday night’s showdown in the capital as Real Madrid head to local rivals Atletico for the first ever derby at the Wanda Metropolitano.
The action starts at 7:45PM and you can watch it all unfold live with Unibet’s live streaming while placing a bet on the outcome too. It’s set to be a moment that will go down in history regardless of the outcome, and it should be an absolute cracker.
Can Atletico Stay Unbeaten?
Diego Simeone’s men have had to cope with a transfer ban as well as the stadium migration and have suffered some poor results both domestically and in Europe as a result, but they remain unbeaten in La Liga. While they would have like some of those draws to be wins, it should give them confidence heading into this important contest.
The Rojiblancos have do face a couple of noticeable absences in Felipe Luis and Koke, but they still boast plenty of quality in Saul Niguez, Diego Godin and Thomas Partey. Due to the magnitude of the occasion, along with the prospect of leapfrogging their rivals, motivation should not be an issue for the hosts.
They haven’t been without problems, though. Questions have been raised as to whether the Simeone’s successful group has come to its end with the likes of Gabi and Juanfran showing signs of their age this term. More worryingly, Antoine Griezmann, Kevin Gameiro and Fernando Torres have struggled for goals, leaving Angel Correa to do the damage.
Things are far from perfect for Atletico right now, but it’s hardly a disaster. If they perform to their best, they’ll have every reason to fancy their chances against their illustrious opponents.
Real Looking To Spoil The Party
Like Atletico, Zinedine Zidane’s men have been far from sparkling in the early parts of this season, which has left them a full eight points behind Barcelona heading into this weekend’s action. Given that it could be 11 by kick-off, the visitors need three points.
Real were able to win the last league meeting at the Calderon while they progressed in the Champions League in spite of losing their second leg on the night. they’ll be hoping to open up the rivalry in this ground with a vital victory too. If they do, it could be the catalyst to resurrect their career.
The visitors will be without Gareth Bale once more, who has aggravated his injury once more. However, the firepower of Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Karim Benzema should give them a great chance of causing problems for the hosts. Nevertheless, their deficiencies have been far greater than in recent seasons, so they cannot afford to take this lightly.
For one team it could be the start of a revival. For the other, it could be curtains for those title hopes before the end of November. Prepare yourselves for a classic.
Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid Betting
Even with home advantage, Atletico have been established as 2/1 outsiders with Unibet while Real Madrid are priced 13/10 for the win. If you think it’ll be a draw, however, the odds are 5/2.
If we’ve ascertained anything from the meetings between Simeone and Zidane, it’s that they’re often very close affairs. There’s a very strong chance that this will be the case once again on Saturday, with neither team likely to run away with it.
On this occasion, we’re backing Real Madrid to claim the bragging rights with a one-goal margin of victory.
As far as scorers are concerned, Ronaldo will be desperate to end his Liga drought, not least in such a huge fixture. After having another child and missing out on the recent international action, we’re backing him to grab the headlines once more.