class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Seven of the last eight Madrid derbies in La Liga have seen two goals or fewer and our tipster is backing Sunday's encounter to be another tight clash
Real Madrid travel to the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday afternoon to face La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid in the second Madrid derby of the season.
Zinedine Zidane’s men are five points behind their cross-city rivals having played a game more, and know that defeat will almost certainly spell the end of their hopes of retaining the La Liga title.
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid Latest Odds
Los Blancos triumphed 2-0 when they hosted Diego Simeone’s side back in December and another victory for the reigning Spanish champions is priced at 81/50 (2.62) with bet365.
Atletico have not won a league derby for five years, a run spanning nine matches, and are priced at 17/10 (2.70) to end that barren spell while the draw is available at 23/10 (3.30).
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid Team News
Los Rojiblancos have Kieran Trippier available for selection after his lengthy suspension, although the Englishman may not be fit enough to start after nearly two months out. Yannick Carrasco could also return for Atletico although Jose Maria Gimenez is still injured.
The visitors should welcome back top-scorer Karim Benzema but Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal and Eden Hazard remain sidelined.
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid Preview
Madrid derbies tend to be cagey, low-scoring affairs – with five of the lasts six in all competitions seeing two or fewer goals – and the context of Sunday’s encounter makes another tight even more probable.
Both sides will want to avoid defeat at all costs, with Atletico knowing a loss would put their rivals back in the title race and Real Madrid aware that defeat would all but end their chances.
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Neither side has been at their best in the final third in recent weeks and while the return of Benzema will boost Madrid, they remain hugely reliant on the Frenchman for goals.
Atletico have also seen their goals dry up, with top-scorer Luis Suarez having failed to net in the side’s last five matches.
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid Tips and Predictions
Under 2.5 goals and both teams to score ‘no’ is priced at 11/10 (2.10) and looks like a shrewd way to back another tight derby.
A goalless first half could also be an attractive selection, which is offered at 81/50 (2.62).
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