It is not just the stark contrast between the world's richest club and their palpably impoverished rivals which makes this an intriguing contest, but the football itself which tends to yield a high number of goals whenever these two sides meet, a great sign for neutrals and punters who are looking for an interest in the match.
Rayo manager Paco Jemez has a renowned attacking style of play and his team rarely if ever sit back, prefering to take the game to the opposition, even when the opposition dwarfs them in almost every way imaginable as their recent 6-1 loss at the Camp Nou demonstrates perfectly.
There will be no defending deeply and attempting to hit Madrid on the break from the hosts this evening, and this approach often leads Rayo to be heavily defeated especially against the bigger teams in Spain.
The Vallecanos have the fourth worst defence in the league, but only the sides currently occupying the European places have scored more goals than them, and backing their matches to be high scoring is frequently a winning strategy in La Liga.
This is even more true when they face the league's top scorers as Real Madrid are, with Carlo Ancelotti's men showing their awesome scoring prowess on Sunday in their historic 9-1 destruction of Granada.
Rayo are in theory a better side than Granada and as mentioned will play without fear against the European champions. The outright prices for the game sees Madrid offered at 1/4 (1.25) by Sportingbet for the win, Rayo at 19/2 (10.50) and the draw at 11/2 (6.50), but given the history of this fixture a bet involving goals is the only logical selection.
Over 3.5 goals is offered at 7/10 (1.70) which may seem a little short yet it has such a good chance of paying out that it actually warrants consideration. The last three derbies have seen 16 goals scored with this selection paying out in each of those games comfortably.
Madrid are coming off the back of a massive win and will be full of confidence while Rayo themselves have been on an excellent run. Neither side will hold back and that should almost gurantee another high scoring encounter.
|Over 3.5 goals at 7/10 (1.70) for a 3.5pt stake with Sportingbet