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Our man in Madrid, Phil Kitromilides, believes that los Blancos will score the first goal before the half hour mark on Sunday afternoon

After two capital city derbies in the space of six days, Real Madrid have another local encounter this weekend, although the rivalry with Getafe is somewhat less intense than the one which exists with Atletico.

Nevertheless, the home and away wins against the Rojiblancos in the Copa del Rey serve to underline just how impressive Madrid have been since the turn of the year and, on Sunday afternoon, they should have little problem in overcoming their out-of-form neighbours.

Indeed, Getafe have not won a league game since the end of November, with six defeats and two draws from their last eight games. William Hill price them at 10/1 (11.00) to claim three points, while their more illustrious rivals are offered at 2/7 (1.28).

Getafe's problem has been scoring goals, with the Azulones netting in just one of their last six league games. Therefore, facing a Madrid side that has kept 10 clean sheets out of 12 games in 2014 is not the ideal proposition for Luis Garcia's men, and los Blancos will fancy their chances at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

Yet finding any value in backing the away side is tough, given their exceptional run of form and Getafe's alarming slump. However, the price of 10/11 (1.91) for Madrid to open the scoring inside the first 30 minutes looks to hold some interest.

This bet has paid out with pleasing regularity in recent weeks, proving the correction selection in seven of their last nine matches. Against a struggling Getafe outfit who have been poor in front of goal and less than solid defensively, this looks like an excellent way of backing Real Madrid at a decent price.

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Real Madrid to score the first goal before 30 minuutes at 10/11 (1.91) 2.5pt stake with Paddy Power

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid

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