Over the past few years, La Liga has been the domain of just 2 teams, with Barcelona and Real Madrid splitting titles. During that time, the arguments agreed about whether Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo was the best player in the world, with both of those great players serving as the engines that drove their respective teams. At the end of last season, we saw the end of an era, with Ronaldo making their move to Italy to ply his trade with Juventus, while Real Madrid also lost the services of Zinedine Zidane as manager. It was a pair of moves that have not played out very well for Real Madrid, as they are well off the pace being set by their bitter rivals at the top of the league.
Neither team has been as dominant as we expect this year, which has allowed Atletico Madrid to get in the hunt for the title. Saturday morning will deliver the Madrid derby in a game that is crucial to the title hopes of both teams. This is basically a pick play for the SU bet, with the Over/Under set at 2 ½ goals.
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid La Liga Odds & Game Preview
- When: Saturday, February 9 at 10:15 AM EST
- Where: Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid
- TV: Bein Sports
- Live Stream: Bein Connect
- La Liga Odds: Atletico Madrid +135 (Total 2.5)
Why bet on Atletico Madrid?
Atletico Madrid is currently in second place in La Liga, 6 points off the pace being set by Barcelona at the top. Atletico actually lost some ground in the race for the title last week, losing 1-0 to Real Betis after a run that saw them win 3 in a row. The one thing that very much goes in the favor of Atletico this weekend is their home record, which just happens to be the best in La Liga.
They have picked up 29 of a possible 33 points in their 11 home games this season, scoring 19 goals and surrendering just 4 during that run. They have yet to take a loss at home, so you definitely feel that they have the edge, even against a team as strong as their city rivals.
- 13-J. Oblak
- 4-S. Arias
- 24-J. Giménez
- 21-L. Hernández
- 11-T. Lemar
- 5-T. Partey
- 14-Rodri Hernández
- 7-A. Griezmann
- 22-Álvaro Morata
- 10-Á. Correa
- Diego Costa
- Stefan Savic
Why bet on Real Madrid?
It has been a tough season for Real Madrid, as they have not really dealt with the loss of their manager and their star player. In fairness, though, they were hit hard by injury in the early part of the season, and while they are on a much better run of form right now, they still find themselves 8 points off the pace being set by Barcelona. Real really cannot afford to drop very many more points if they want to seriously get back into the title race.
Real have picked up just 17 points from their 11 road games, taking 4 of their 6 season losses away from home. Defensively, they have been brutal away from home, surrendering 21 while scoring 19 in those outings. Real Madrid has won 4 in a row heading into this crucial game.
- 25-T. Courtois
- 4-Sergio Ramos
- 5-R. Varane
- 2-D. Carvajal
- 10-L. Modrić
- 24-Dani Ceballos
- 9-K. Benzema
- 17-L. Vásquez
- 28-Vinícius Júnior
- Jesús Vallejo
- Marcos Llorente
Matchup Facts for Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid
- Atletico Madrid has won all four of its most recent home matches in La Liga
- Real Madrid has won its last four league outings in a row
- Real Madrid has won 14 of the last 27 meetings between these two teams
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
There has been nothing between these two teams in previous meetings, with each of the last 4 ending in a draw. Through those 4 games, a total of 4 goals, with defensive battles being the norm. I think we are looking at another draw here.
Score: Atletico Madrid 1 – Real Madrid 1