Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Betting Tip Under 2.5 goals – 1 February 2020

Goals hard to come by in Madrid

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SpainReal Madrid vs Atletico MadridSpain
1st February 1500hrs
Football – Spain – La Liga
Pick Under 2.5 goals
Bookmaker Sportingbet
Odds: 3/4 odds taken 1800 GMT, Monday 27 January

The third Madrid derby of the season takes place at the Bernabeu on Saturday as leaders Real look to defeat their city rivals for the second time this month following their penalty win in the Supercopa.

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Real Madrid Preview – Will Real continue winning run in 2020 and remain top of La Liga?

A hard-fought win away to Real Valladolid coupled with Barcelona losing against Valencia mean that Zinedine Zidane’s men are clear at the top of La Liga for the first time in a while. It may only be three points and there are still 17 games left to play but it does feel significant with everything that is happening at the Nou Camp just now. Zidane’s men have been able to start the year efficiently without being at their best.

The challenge for any team who go top of the table is following that up and staying there. And this could barely be a bigger match for Real.

Our betting prediction:
Real Madrid to win to nil
2/1


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Both of Real’s wins in the league this year have come by one goal and have been arduous at times. The style of play under Zidane this time is very different compared to what it was first time around when Cristiano Ronaldo was leading the charge.

It’s a much more pragmatic approach based on a solid defensive shape. That’s evidence from their record so far this season with just one defeat in the league and having the best defensive record.

Atletico Madrid Preview – Are Atleti’s woes set to continue or can they turn things around in the derby?

As positive as 2020 has been for one half of Madrid it’s been dismal for the other. Another agonising defeat to Real on penalties in the Supercopa rendered their win in the same competition over Barcelona meaningless. Since then, it’s just been a series of disappointments for Diego Simeone and his players. One point from their first two league games of the year and yet to score a league goal in 2020.

There was also a hugely embarrassing defeat to Cultural Leonesa in the Copa Del Rey midweek. The loss to a third tier side has put Simeone under the microscope along with their other shortcomings this season.

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A lack of goals, lack of chance creation and general lack of threat is the biggest reason why Atleti are now 10 points behind Real heading into this weekend. Considering they were anticipating a title challenge coming into this year it’s a real failure of all concerned in what were two very winnable games to start things off.

Of course, should Atletico get a win at the home of their rivals then seven points is not insurmountable but there would be little confidence in them being able to sustain a run of form that would see them go close on the evidence we have seen so far.

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Betting Advice

These games are always intense affairs and Atletico will be hoping to use that emotion to resurrect their season which is in danger of falling away. Real on the other hand are playing in a way that their opponents are synonymous with. Winning in a ugly fashion and keeping clean sheets. It’s very much a collective effort as opposed to the individual brilliance which has been the case in the past.

 

Key Facts – Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Betting Tip

  • Real moved clear at the top of La Liga last weekend and have started the year strongly
  • Atleti are struggling coming into this game and have failed to score in their last two league games
  • A penalty shootout win earlier this month continued Real’s dominance over Atletico in cup matches

 

The Supercopa final earlier this month finished 0-0 after 90 minutes making it the third goalless draw in the last four matches between the clubs and six of the last seven have went under 2.5 goals. With Atletico really struggling in attack this season (just 22 goals in 21 league games) and the goal having dried up for Real as well of late (five of their last seven have went under 2.5 in the league) that looks to be another very solid bet on this occasion.

 

The best betting odds for Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid

Real Madrid to win: 4/5 at Bet365
Draw: 13/5 at Bet365
Atletico Madrid to win: 10/3 at Bet365

 

 

 


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