The first Madrid derby of the season between these bitter rivals sees La Liga champions Atletico Madrid visit table-topping Real Madrid on Sunday night. Ten points separate the sides coming into this monster clash, making it virtually a must-win for the champions.
Where and when: Santiago Bernabeu – 12 December, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid: Premier Sports
Last time: Karim Benzema cancelled out Luis Suarez’s opener in the last couple of minutes as the teams drew 1-1 at the Wanda Metropolitano in March.
Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid Predictions and Preview
Even if this game isn’t a must-win for Atletico Madrid in terms of their chances of successfully defending their title, it surely has to be classed as a must-not-lose. Real Madrid can move 13 points clear of their local rivals with a victory in the derby, albeit having played a game more.
Even so, that’s a huge gap for Atletico to make up, and one that appears all the more daunting following their shock 2-1 defeat at home to Real Mallorca last weekend. Los Rojiblancos conceded two goals in the last 10 minutes to throw away the three points, before watching their fellow capital club beat Real Sociedad 2-0 away from home straight after.
Victory for Atletico would be huge, and complete a great week of recovery in the wake of their Champions League progress in midweek. The 3-1 win away to Porto was a nervy occasion for the majority of the game, but Los Rojiblancos are in the hat for the round of 16.
The same goes for Real, who saw off Serie A champions Inter Milan 2-0 at the Bernabeu to seal top spot in their group. Carlo Ancelotti’s side are starting to look like a proper outfit once again, having faltered significantly last season. A win against their local rivals would be a real signal of intent, with Los Blancos the 23/20 favourites in this Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid preview.
Real are unbeaten in their last nine La Liga encounters with Atletico, winning four. If Los Blancos can keep that undefeated streak going, they’re going to be in a very strong position. The visitors are 45/17 to breathe fire into their title defence with a win, while the draw would suit the home team far more at 5/2.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Vinicius Junior has been on fire in recent weeks. The Brazilian forward has 10 goals in La Liga already this season and is 13/2 to add to his tally with the opener in these Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid predictions.
One to watch for Atletico Madrid: Luis Suarez is 6/1 to break the deadlock on Sunday night. The Uruguay international has enjoyed many battles with Real Madrid over the years, and will be desperate to add to his seven league goals for the season this weekend.
Long shot: Real come into this game on a nine-match winning streak in all competitions. They’ve scored 20 goals during that run, conceding five at the other end. A 2-1 home win is 9/1 in these Real v Atletico tips, rising to 44/1 with Karim Benzema scoring first.