Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid Betting Tips

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid Betting Tips

Atleti remain sandwiched between leaders Barcelona and third-placed Madrid in LaLiga, four points better off than their neighbours.

On the stroke of half-time, Marcelo had the game's best moment when he cut in from the left and unleashed an unstoppable curling effort on his right-foot onto the stanchion of the goal.

Thomas and Vitolo returned to the side in the place of Correa and Gabi.

After a rather cagey affair early on, it was Madrid who went very close through Marco Asensio but he was denied from close range by Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

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Cristiano Ronaldo gave the hosts a deserved 53rd-minute lead but Atleti hit back with gusto as Antonio Griezmann swiftly levelled and they nearly led through Koke. Bale nearly had it but put a hard header wide, while Sergio Ramos nodded past from a corner and saw his curling free-kick tipped over by Oblak.

Ahead of Wednesday's Champions League quarterfinal final second leg, Zidane rotated heavily, with Luka Modric and Karim Benzema among those rested.

The Brazilian, as we know, is blessed with loads of technical ability and he displayed just what he's capable of by skilfully flicking the ball over Gabi and feed Isco all in one motion.

The Portuguese forward got his goal when Atletico's back-up left-back Lucas Hernandez lost the flight of missed completely Bale's looping cross. "We also have our good players that they should be anxious of".

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Furthermore, nine of Atletico's last 11 away league games have seen less than three goals and so there is every chance of another low-scoring game at the Bernabeu this weekend. Atletico looked threatening on the break and Diego Costa could have scored when set free by a superb Koke pass but the striker, ignoring Griezmann in the middle, saw his angled finish tipped around the post.

Nevertheless, the former Real Sociedad player has scored a league goal vs. Madrid in each of the last six seasons and on his last three visits to the Bernabeu.

Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC.

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