Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid Betting: Back caution to prevail as neighbours avoid conceding

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These two familiar opponents face each other in European competition once more and we are backing a tight opening half at the Bernabeu on Tuesday

For the fourth year in a row, the Champions League sees a Madrid Derby in the knockout stages of the competition.

In 2014 and 2016, Real Madrid triumphed against their neighbours in the final, while in 2015 they dumped Atletico out in the quarter-finals with a tight 1-0 aggregate win. Los Blancos therefore are the only side to have knocked out Diego Simeone's men from this tournament since 2013, and they have a chance to do so once more beginning on Tuesday night. 

The defending champions warmed up for this game with a 2-1 home win against Valencia secured by a late goal from Marcelo, while Atletico thrashed Las Palmas 5-0 on the island of Gran Canaria.

It was interesting to note that both Simeone and Zinedine Zidane fielded practically their strongest possible starting XIs at the weekend despite the forthcoming European showdown, and we should expect the respective lineups to be similar to those that featured on Saturday afternoon.

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dabblebet offer the hosts at 5/6 (1.83) to record a first leg victory and Real Madrid's home record in Europe is highly impressive, with the side suffering just one defeat in their last 35 Champions League games at the Bernabeu.

That solitary defeat came in the second leg of a last 16 tie against Schalke in 2015 with Madrid progessing despite the loss, and Atleti are among the side to have been beaten at the Bernabeu in the Champions League during that run which spans six years. 

Los Rojiblancos' last European visit to the north of the Spanish capital saw them defeated 1-0 in 2015 and they can be backed at 7/2 (4.50) to claim a win while the draw is offered at 13/5 (3.60).

Atletico's domestic record at the Bernabeu however is excellent with the side unbeaten in their last four league visits, while they also triumphed there against Real Madrid in the final of the Copa del Rey in 2013.

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This trip will hold no fear, therefore, for an Atleti side who have recorded some impressive away results in Europe over the last few years, and Simeone's gameplan will surely be to keep things tight.

Under 2.5 goals in the game is offered at 4/5 (1.80) and is a selection which has paid out in 11 of the last 14 Madrid derbies in all competitions, which makes it worthy of consideration.

However, we will back a first half to finish 0-0 at 17/10 (2.70) which looks to be a hugely tempting price. Atletico will surely look to soak up the pressure from the hosts then hit them on the break, in much the same way as they did in the league meeting at the Bernabeu at the start of April which finished 1-1.

On that occasion it was also 0-0 at half-time as have been four of the last six Madrid derbies (not including the 2016 final) and the price for another repeat seems generous. 

Under 0.5 goals first half at 17/10 (2.70) for a 1pt stake with dabblebet

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