Two of the top-scoring sides in La Liga meet this weekend in the Spanish capital and we are backing there to be goals at both ends in the Madrid derby
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 then and start the weekend top of the table.
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Both sides come into this weekend’s clash following victories in midweek in the Champions League.
Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Team News
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 Costa while centre-back Jose Maria Gimenez is also injured.
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The Madrid derby is traditionally a tight fixture and six of the last eight competitive fixtures between these two rivals have seen two or fewer goals.
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.