Real Madrid host Atletico Madrid in La Liga on Saturday. The visitors sit top of La Liga and their exceptional defence should see them stay competitive at Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano.
Real Madrid have been inconsistent this season. They secured an important 2-0 win at Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League before a 2-1 home defeat against Deportivo Alaves in La Liga. Zinedine Zidane’s side lost 2-0 at Shakhtar Donetsk after having 58% possession and 15-7 shots. They bounced back with a 1-0 win at Sevilla through an own goal, creating 1.70 expected goals and allowing just 0.53. Real Madrid reached the Champions League knockout rounds after a 2-0 home win against Borussia Monchengladbach. Karim Benzema headed home both goals in the first half as Los Blancos cruised to victory. Right-backs Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Odriozola are getting back to full fitness to compete with Lucas Vázquez. Midfielder Federico Valverde and winger Eden Hazard remain injured alongside strikers Luka Jovic and Mariano.
Atletico Madrid have made an excellent start in La Liga with eight wins and two draws in 10 matches. They sit top of the table with only two goals conceded. Diego Simeone’s side won 1-0 against Barcelona thanks to Yannick Carrasco’s strike. Atletico drew 0-0 at home to Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League before a 1-0 win at Valencia in La Liga. Atletico returned to the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano where they drew 1-1 against Bayern Munich. They then won 2-0 against Real Valladolid with Thomas Lemar and Marcos Llorente on target. Atletico Madrid couldn’t afford to lose in Austria on Wednesday. They progressed to the Champions League knockout rounds after a 2-0 win in Salzburg, riding their luck at times with goals to Mario Hermoso and Yannick Carrasco. Atletico Madrid are close to full strength with striker Diego Costa out injured. Expect Luis Suarez and João Félix to start up front.
Real Madrid have won two of their last three La Liga matches against Atletico Madrid. Those wins are the only victories in their previous nine matches against Atletico in all competitions including the Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Champions League semi-finals. Real Madrid have recorded important back to back wins but Atletico Madrid represent a huge challenge. Diego Simeone will instruct his side to keep it tight and will gladly take a draw.
PREDICTION : DRAW 1-1
ACCUMULATOR TIP : ATLETICO MADRID DOUBLE CHANCE