Our man in Madrid Phil Kitromilides believes the Blancos will continue their fine scoring record at home by netting in both halvesThings are set up beautifully for Saturday's Madrid derby at the Santiago Bernabeu and for the first time in a long time a league meeting between these two city rivals may actually produce a serious contest.
The subplots to the game are numerous; Ateltico have not beaten Madrid in the league since 1999, yet they did overcome them in their own stadium in May's Copa del Rey final.
Furthermore Diego Simeone's side are two points ahead of Madrid boasting a 100 per cent record, while the Whites are coming off the back of an unconvincing win in Elche, yet are unbeaten at home in the league for nearly two years.
Boring it will not be, with BetVicor pricing a home win at 8/11 (1.73) while a victory for the Rojiblancos is offered a 19/5 (4.80).
Naturally backing both teams to score is the bet that immediately springs to mind, yet any initial enthusiasm for this selection will be tempered by odds of just 1/2 (1.50).
Putting aside any doubts that may have come about from Madrid's performance at Elche, it is hard to argue with the Whites' home record, where they are 34 league matches unbeaten.
The Bernabeu remains a fortress and one where Carlo Ancelotti's side find the back of the net with ease and regularity irrespective of the opponent.
Madrid to score in both halves looks to be generously priced at 11/10 (2.10) and is a bet that has paid out in each of their last 10 matches at home in the league.
Furthermore this has proved to be the correct selection in each of the last four Madrid derbies in La Liga and is offered at a price difficult to ignore.
|Real Madrid to score in both halves at 11/10 (2.10) 1.0pts with BetVictor
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV Presenter in Madrid