The visitors look a good bet to emerge from the first Madrid derby of the season with 3pts.
Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid - Saturday 19:45, Sky Spots 5
Atletico head into the first Madrid derby of the season on the back of two losses in three La Liga games, though their home record is rather more impressive as they are unbeaten in 22 having won 11 of their last 12. They will probably slip out of the top-four should they fail to win here, and Real are in fantastic form at the moment, so despite injuries to key players should be made favourites. Los Blancos are yet to suffer defeat in any competition this season, and in La Liga they’ve won 20 of 23 unbeaten games.
The return of Luka Modric should give Zinedine Zidane a huge lift, though he has concerns at the back with both Pepe and Sergio Ramos doubts as well as defensive midfielder Casemiro. Both teams have scored in each of Real’s last six away matches in all competitions, whilst Atletico have been more adventurous this season, with their last four games seeing a combined 17 goals. We fancy the hosts to net against this Real side, but Zidane’s men have scored at least twice in 11 of their last 12 road trips in the league, and a total of 20 in their last four away from the Bernabeu across all competitions, so we’ll back Real Madrid/both teams to score.
Gareth Bale has become a key figure for Los Blancos, especially with Ronaldo’s reducing influence on games, and with Morata injured and Benzema a doubt, the Welshman should take centre stage. With four goals in his last three matches for club and country, he looks an excellent price to score anytime at 3.6.