Nobody talks about Real Madrid’s heavy defeat against Sociedad as they get ready to face Atletico Madrid in the first big derby of the season. Despite the fact that Atletico won the Super Cup and Real’s injury woes William Hill favors the hosts to win at 1.70, as opposed to Atletico’s 4.80.
Both teams look to be affected by the so-called “FIFA virus” where all your players come injured after the international break. Real will be without Carvajal and Khedira, while Atletico has Rodriguez with a muscle strain. On the bright side of this international break Bale and Modric got to score, while for Atletico, Mandzukic and Jimenez helped their respective countries by scoring.
Real Madrid’s loss to Real Sociedad came in a moment where everyone expects great things from the team that won the Champions League 10 times. They were leading with two goals to nil, but were not able to preserve the advantage, and without Cristiano Ronaldo they only managed to have five shots on target. Real is expected to give Chicharito some playing time, although that should Ronaldo still need time to recover. James is still to find his footing in a team so full of talents that sometimes a little discipline is needed.
Diego Simeone is the biggest absence from Atletico as he is suspended from the sidelines for eight matches, which saw his team performing not really convincing. Their last match was against the newly promoted Eibar, which they struggled to win against and could have even conceded the equalizer in the last minutes of the match. As it stands there is no clear favorite to win though some say that should Ronaldo play, the match would be won before it starts, which could be said about Atletico should Mandzukic be in great form.
Real Madrid for both halves is at 2.50, the same betting market for Atletico is at 9.00, and Real to lead after 30 minutes is at 2.80. Ronaldo to score anytime 1.91, Benzema at 2.30 and Gareth Bale at 2.62, while for Atletico Jimenez to score is at 3.75, Griezmann at 4.00 and we’re betting 7 units on Mario Mandzukic to score at 3.30 with William Hill.
Real Madrid: Team’s Formation
Atletico Madrid: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Mario Mandzukic to score anytime