Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid Betting Tips October 4th 2015
Tip #1: Back Draw @ 3.30 with bet365.com
Tip #2: Back Under 2.5 Goals @ 1.75 with bet365.com
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Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid Betting Tips: Match Preview
Atlético Madrid face a crucial derby with local rivals Real Madrid. Losses to Villarreal and Barcelona mean that Atlético will enter the weekend on 12 points and in fifth place. To lose three games from their first seven would place great pressure on Atlético to qualify for next season’s Champions League, a feat that Atleti must achieve if they are to maintain revenue.
Diego Simeone’s Atlético team have a number of clear characteristics that define their style. The team plays an old school 4-4-2 in which strength is valued and that players are instructed to press the opposition relentlessly until they get the ball back. Being a highly physical team certainly has its merits, but it can be an issue when you struggle to score.
In losing 1-0 to Villarreal last weekend, Atleti fell behind to a Baptisto goal on 14 minutes. Over the course of the game, Simeone’s team could only hold 52% possession and created just two shots on target. All in all, they were extremely poor at finishing. In six league games, they have nine goals, which is worst among the top six teams in La Liga.
Atlético play extremely well against Real Madrid, as evidenced by their superior record of winning three games from their past six encounters. This is because Atlético’s pressing approach works well against a team like Real, who are going to control the ball.
Real Madrid are now under the stewardship of Rafa Benítez, who was hired by club president Florentino Pérez to take over from Champions League-winner Carlo Ancelotti. And considering the world-class talents at his disposal, Benítez can win the league. And right now he needs points to take advantage of Leo Messi’s injury layoff at Barcelona.
Look at Real Madrid’s record of scoring 14 and conceding only one in six games. Out of their results, they have two 0-0 draws and a 1-0 victory over the woeful Granada. A total of 11 goals came against only Real Betis and Espanyol.
In terms of quality, there is a frightening drop-off in talent once you get past La Liga’s Champions League qualifying places. Teams like Real will be expected to destroy minnows before growing complacent and drawing against frustrating opponents.
Recently, Los Blancos have scored three and conceded one from thee league games. At this legendary club, pressure grows quickly. Benítez is already under pressure to deliver a goal-heavy victory. However, Benítez will be more concerned to losing to a bitter rival like Atlético. Benítez loves to be conservative in close games, and this should be expected here.
Atlético Madrid will be pleased if they can earn their first league draw of the season in stifling Real Madrid. Although Benítez has world-class players to call upon, the Spaniard is not always the most attack-minded of managers.
Seeing as Atleti have a history of overcoming Los Blancos in recent years, Benítez will understandably be wary, giving the chance for a draw.