Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid

The 223rd Madrid Debry is on the La Liga schedule Saturday February 1, 2020 as Real Madrid host the struggling Atletico Madrid. These two teams are heading in drastically different directions.

Real Madrid have jumped to the top of the La Liga table and hold a three point lead over Barcelona, as well as an eight point lead over third place Sevilla and a 10 point lead over Atleti. Los Blancos are the hottest team in Spain, and one of the hottest in Europe, as they look to win their first La Liga title since the 2016-2017 season. If Real Madrid hold on to this three point lead they would lift the La Liga title for a record 34th time.

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Atletico Madrid continued their recent dip in form and now find themselves fighting to stay in a European competition position. Atleti sit at 36 points this season and are 10 back of the top of the table, but just five clear of Villarreal, who currently occupy the first spot outside of European competition. The Red and Whites have not missed out on European competition since the 2012-2013 season. Thanks to a win by Getafe on Sunday, Atletico Madrid now find themselves in fifth place and out of the Champions League spots. Atletico Madrid have scored just 22 goals in La Liga which is more than just five other teams this season.

Below is my pick for the La Liga action between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. All odds are from PointsBet Sportsbook.

Real Madrid (-120) vs Atletico Madrid (+330) Draw (+260)

It wasn’t pretty, but Real Madrid left Valladolid with a 1-0 win to propel themselves to the top of the La Liga table. Nacho produced a beautiful header off a corner to give Los Blancos the win after sleepwalking through the first 75 minutes. Incredibly, Real Madrid has not lost a game in any competition since losing to Mallorca back in mid-October. Real Madrid are the second best home team in La Liga, and still unbeaten, after winning 24 out of a possible 30 home points.

Atletico Madrid continued their recent dip in form and have now not won a game in their last four games across all competitions. Midweek last week Atleti fell in the Copa del Rey Round of 32 to third-tier team Leonesa. The Red and Whites backed that up with a dull 0-0 home draw to bottom of the table Leganes this past weekend. It is tough times for Diego Simeone and Atleti. Atletico Madrid are the 7th best road team in La Liga having won 14 points from a possible 30, but have just one win in their last five La Liga road fixtures.

Series History: Real Madrid leads the all-time series 110-57-56, across all competitions, and has outscored Atleti 370-281. These teams have met twice this season with the two playing to a draw in La Liga and Real Madrid coming away with a 1-0 win in penalties in the Super Copa in early January.

Game Prediction: I am backing Real Madrid -120 in the Madrid Derby.

2020 Results: 9-7