Atlético Madrid v Real Madrid – Wanda Metropolitano at 19:45 Live at Sky Sports

The first ever Madrid derby at the Wanda Metropolitano takes place on Saturday evening as Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid lock horns knowing defeat would almost crush their La Liga title ambitions before Christmas.

The capital clubs already trail current league leaders Barcelona by eight points and with neither team overcoming such a large deficit to be crowned kings of Spain in their history, the magnitude of this weekend’s match becomes apparent.

It possible says everything Atletico’s season that they are unbeaten and yet head into this contest level on points with Real, who are widely perceived to have had a miserable start to the season.

Lack of goalmouth action

The Wanda Metropolitano is part of it: the new ground perhaps doesn’t quite feel like home yet, and it certainly isn’t as intimidating as the Vicente Calderon. But a greater factor is a lack of goalscoring edge. Atletico has scored just 16 times in 11 league games this season and five of them came in one game.

Although the hosts remain unbeaten, their fans are becoming increasingly frustrated having drawn five of their 11 league matches, with Diego Simeone showing little ambition to play expansive football. Such pragmatism has led to a series of low-scoring ties and a repeat looms on Saturday night.

Eight of Atletico’s last nine La Liga games have featured fewer than three goals, including their four encounters at their new stadium where they’ve already faced three of the current top-six.

Los Blancos’ below-par start

Worryingly for visitors Real, Los Blancos have suffered despite their lenient fixture list as six of their seven victories in Spain have come against current bottom-eight clubs. Zinedine Zidane’s troops have returned W1-D1-L2 in their four remaining fixtures and will be given few favors by their bitter rivals here.

The European champions have struggled to find their rhythm as Zidane hasn’t been able to settle on starting XI. However, for all the talk of crisis, Los Blancos have still won seven of 11 league games and ousted Atletico over two legs in the Champions League semi-final.

Even so, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema are in the midst of a poor run of form, Gareth Bale is injured whilst Isco, Keylor Navas, Dani Carvajal and Toni Kroos are all doubtful. With that in mind, backing another low-scoring showdown appeals with Under 2.75 Goals available to support at 1.77.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Under 2.75 Goals at 1.781

By @MarkOHaire

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