Real Madrid will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the La Liga table to six points – pending the time Barcelona play on Sunday evening- when they welcome cross-city rivals, Atletico Madrid to the Bernabeu. Zinedine Zidane’s men are three points ahead of Barcelona and ten points ahead of their opponents, who are on 36 points from 21 matches.
Thanks to Barcelona losing 2-0 away at Valencia, Los Blancos have been able to return to the top of the La Liga table. They currently have 46 points from their 21 matches, including 13 wins, seven draws and a solitary loss. The team has scored 39 goals and conceded only 13 goals – the best defensive record in the league.
Two key themes to draw from the aforementioned stats are that Real Madrid have been very difficult to beat this season, and that their defensive record has been incredible, something that is rarely associated with the club. And in facing a very blunt attack on Saturday afternoon, Zinedine Zidane’s men will be looking to shut them out for another clean sheet.
Since losing away at Mallorca on October 19th, the Spanish giants are yet to lose in La Liga and any competition for that matter; a run that includes 19 matches. Within that period, they’ve qualified for the round of 16 of the Champions League, where they have the small matter of facing Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. They also beat their cross-town rivals on penalties in the final of the Spanish Super Cup.
All season, Real Madrid have yet to lose at home this season and hold a record of seven wins and three draws in ten home matches. In those home matches, they’ve notched up 22 goals and conceded seven goals only. Their last three matches at home include two wins over Sevilla and Espanyol, and a draw against Athletic Bilbao.
There’s no stat that sums up Atletico Madrid’s season, other than the fact that the team has only scored 22 goals in 21 matches; a record surpassing only four other teams. While they’ve remained solid at the back, they have struggled to score goals, despite their outlandish outlay on Joao Felix.
The other strikers, Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata, have failed to find the net often, making it difficult for the team to turn draws into wins and losses into draws. Diego Simeone’s team have nine draws – more than 16 other teams in the league.
Their league position and a series of negative results mean Diego Simeone is under immense pressure. Since the beginning of 2020, they’ve suffered a shock loss to Cultural Leonesa in the Copa Del Rey, lost away at Eibar, and endured a draw at home to Leganes (19th of the La Liga table). This run of results means they have not won in four matches, their last coming in a fantastic 3-2 win over Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup.
Overall, Los Rojiblancos have only three wins, five draws and two losses on the road from 10 away matches, and have scored and conceded eight goals apiece. With just two points away from the last Champions League spot, Diego Simeone’s men will be keen to ensure the gap doesn’t grow further.
The last five games between both sides have been tight affairs; five out of the last six league encounters have ended in draws. The last two meetings – the reverse league fixture and the final of the Spanish Super Cup – between the clubs wrapped up in goalless draws. Considering these statistics, it is hard to see where a win would come from; that is why a Real Madrid double chance offers immense value. Cloudbet offers you the following odd: 1.20.
Speaking of goals, Atletico Madrid’s struggles in front of goal have been well-documented above. Marrying this with the fact that Real Madrid have kept 11 clean sheets from their last 19 matches, one of our betting tips is, that this is another match with less than 2.5 goals. 1xbet offers you the following odds: Under 2.5 – 1.725, Under 3.5 – 1.23. For new customers this bookie offers the very intersting 1xbet Bonus.
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