Spanish La Liga matches don’t come any bigger than the Madrid derby, especially this season considering that Barcelona aren’t pulling up any trees. We always relish the prospect of seeing Real go up against Atletico and it’s tradition to see a tight encounter between two sides who are often challenging hard for the La Liga title.

Indeed, it was Atleti who were crowned champions last season and they now have a crown to defend, with Diego Simeone’s side ten points behind Los Merengues having played a game less. It is therefore imperative that they don’t get beaten in this clash or the gap will seem insurmountable.

Real Madrid Hot Favourites to Continue Amazing Run

Real Madrid failed to land Kylian Mbappe in the summer and have their own financial difficulties, although they have been the standout team in Spain this season. Indeed, they might be the only team from this country who makes any sort of progress in the Champions League and it’s easy to see why the bookies have them as favourites for this one.

Real have scored 37 goals in their 16 games this season and they have Karim Benzema proving to be a reliable path to goal. The Frenchman has twelve and continues to be a high-performing forward for a team who are unbeaten at home this term, winning five and drawing two of their seven clashes.

Indeed, Real have won their last eight matches in all competitions. You can stretch the unbeaten run back to eleven matches and it has only been Osasuna who were able to hold this team to a draw, with Ancelotti’s side more recently having claimed tight wins over Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad.

Atletico Madrid Struggling to Achieve Title-Winning Form

Atleti won the Spanish title by two points last season, although it could be a different story this time around. There’s a magic ingredient missing and that’s even with Antoine Griezmann returning to the club after deciding that Barcelona held no place in his heart. The Frenchman will be excited to line up for this clash against compatriot Benzema.

Traditionally, we have associated Simeone’s team as being able to run a tight ship although that hasn’t always been in evidence this season. Take for example a recent 2-1 home defeat against Mallorca where Atleti led 1-0 going into the final ten minutes only to concede two late goals which was a big setback.

There was also a recent 3-3 draw away to Valencia, although we know that the visitors won’t take any chances with their formation when it comes to this clash. Therefore, a tight game looks set to be on the cards and we’ll back Under 2.5 Goals with a degree of confidence. It could be stop-start and plenty of yellow cards could be brandished.

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