Games at the Vicente Calderon between these two rivals traditionally have two or three goals in them and Phil Kitromilides can see that happening againFor Real Madrid to miss out on winning the league title to Barcelona at any time is disastrous.
But failing to beat their Catalan rivals this season having held a 10 point lead over them just a few weeks ago would represent a failure of cataclysmic proportions.
Three draws in Madrid's last five league games, coupled with a run of 10 straight wins for Barca, means Jose Mourinho's men come into the Madrid derby with a lead of a solitary point over the current champions.
188Bet price a victory for Real this evening at 12/25 (1.48), while Atletico, who need a win to keep alive their hopes of European football - not to mention local pride, are on offer at 49/10 (5.90).
Despite the intense nature of the capital derby, the records suggest that Real will relish a trip to the south of the city to face Atletico, a team who have not beaten them in 13 years.
Los Blancos have been ahead at half-time and full time in three of their last five meetings with Atleti and the price of 13/10 (2.30) for that to happen again could appeal.
But the most attractive bet looks like being for two to three goals scored available at 17/20 (1.85).
This bet has paid out in seven of the last nine games between these two sides at the Vicente Calderon stadium, and is on offer at a decent price.
For some higher odds, try backing a 3-0 win for Madrid at 9/1 (10.00), with Los Blancos having scored three goals against Atleti on three occasions in the last three seasons.
|2-3 goals at 17/20 (1.85) with 188Bet
||Real Madrid win 3-0 9/1 (10.00) 188Bet|
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Phil Kitromilides is a professional broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid, you can also follow Phil on Twitter.