There’s a huge Madrid derby in La Liga this weekend, as Real Madrid host Atletico Madrid at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on Saturday night. The home team start the game six points behind their visitors, who are currently top of the pile in the Primera Division.
Where and when: Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano – 12 December, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid: Premier Sports
Last time: Karim Benzema got the only goal of the game when these teams last met, which was at the Bernabeu back at the start of February.
Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid Predictions and Preview
Not only do Atletico Madrid lead fierce rivals Real Madrid by six points heading into this weekend’s crucial clash, Los Rojiblancos also have a game in hand on their hosts on Saturday. A victory for the visitors would be a monumental result at this early stage of the season, and confirm Diego Simeone’s side’s credentials as genuine title contenders.
Atletico are usually there or thereabouts, but they would be the team leading the way if they can pull off the victory here. Los Rojiblancos are 12 points clear of Barcelona heading into the latest round of La Liga fixtures, with Atleti maintaining an unbeaten start to the season in the face of their two rivals’ struggles.
The away team enter this game on the back of a seven-match winning run in La Liga. The hosts, meanwhile, have only won three of their last seven, losing three. Los Blancos beat Sevilla 1-0 away last time out, which ended their run of three games without a victory. The pressure’s on Zinedine Zidane, especially given his team’s struggles in the Champions League.
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The champions aren’t in great shape right now, but a victory against their local rivals would be the perfect antidote to their troubles. Despite the form of each side, it’s the home team who come into this Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid preview as the betting favourites. Los Blancos are 8/5 for the win, while Los Rojiblancos are available at 2/1. Five of the last seven La Liga meetings between the teams have ended in draws, with another one this weekend priced at 12/5.
Real have seen a number of key players return to fitness, including captain Sergio Ramos, but they’ll still be without Eden Hazard this weekend. Atletico could be missing Diego Costa, although fellow striker Luis Suarez is fit and available following his recent brush with coronavirus. The Uruguayan will be looking to silence his doubters with a strong performance here.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Karim Benzema was the match-winner in the last Madrid derby and the Frenchman is 5/1 to open the scoring again on Saturday night.
One to watch for Atletico Madrid: Luis Suarez has it all to prove this season, and Barcelona’s third-highest ever scorer will be keen to sock it to old rivals Real. He is also 5/1 to break the deadlock.
Long shot: Atleti haven’t beaten Real in La Liga since a 1-0 victory at the Bernabeu back in 2016. Los Rojiblancos are 17/2 to win by the same scoreline in these Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid predictions, rising to 50/1 with Suarez getting the goal.