NO matter where these two are in the league standings, or the forms they are, this is always a huge game for obvious reasons (Madrid derby), but there is no doubt that it has extra significance on Saturday due to the league positions of these two clubs.
Atletico Madrid are currently in second with 44 points, while Real Madrid are behind them in 3rd with 42 points. A draw keeps that gap the same, a win for Atletico extends it to five points, while a win for Real would put them above Atletico by a point. With that in mind, we can expect a fiery encounter between these two rivals, with so much on the line.
With the way Real Madrid have played this season, they are lucky to be in the position they are, although they have been better recently. However, we fancy Atletico to bring them crashing back down to earth on Saturday afternoon, and we are backing an Atletico win here.
Of their last six games, Atletico Madrid have been involved with five that have had two goals or less in them. There is a lot at stake here, neither team will want to make any mistakes and with that in mind, we also feel like backing under 3.5 goals in the game is the correct way to go.
Real have not won in the last five meetings between these two
They drew 0-0 when meeting in the league in September
An Atletico win puts them five points ahead in the standings
Prediction: Atletico Win or Draw and under 3.5 match goals.