Real Madrid welcome Atletico Madrid to the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano on Saturday evening for the first Madrid derby of the La Liga season.
Zinedine Zidane’s men were the last team to beat their cross-city rivals, winning 1-0 back in February, with Los Rojiblancos on a 26-match unbeaten run in the league since thenand start the weekend top of the table.
Both sides come into this weekend’s clash following victories in midweek in the Champions League.
Atletico secured their place in the last-16 of the competition with a 2-0 win in Salzburg while Los Blancos beat Borussia Monchengladbach by the same score-line.
A home win on Saturday night is priced at 13/10 (2.30), with the visitors offered at 21/10 (3.10) and the draw at 23/10 (3.30).
The La Liga champions remain without the services of forwards Eden Hazard, Luke Jovic and Mariano Diaz, while Martin Odegaard and Dani Carvajal are also out. Fede Valverde is closing in on a return could feature.
Atleti are without long-term absentee Diego Costawhile centre-back Jose Maria Gimenez is also injured.
The Madrid derby is traditionally a tight fixture and six of the last eight competitive fixtures between these two rivals have seen two or fewergoals.
This season’s clash, however, could be different – particularly given Atletico’s more attacking approach since the arrival of Luis Suarez.
Indeed, Diego Simeone’s side have netted 21 goals in 10 league clashes this term, just one fewer than the division’s top scorers Real Sociedad who have played two games more.
Real Madrid, meanwhile,have shown they rise to the big occasion this term and despite defeats to Cadiz, Alaves and Shakhtar Donetsk, they have beaten the likes of Barcelona, Inter and Sevilla.
In another important game there should be interest in backing the hosts to get on the scoresheet once again and there is certainly potential value in opposing the recent run of low-scoring derbies.
Both teams to score is available at 10/11 (1.91) and looks like a strong option, while over 2.5 goals is offered at 11/10 (2.10).
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Source : goal.com