La Liga Soccer Picks: Atletico Madrid vs. Real Madrid

Nila Amerova

Thursday, February 27, 2014 8:02 PM UTC

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 8:02 PM UTC

El Derbi Madrileño arguably is the MUST spot match of the weekend’s soccer betting menu as a whole. Join us as we breakdown this highly anticipated clash complete with free soccer picks for your consideration.

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Atletico Madrid at the disadvantage

Hosts Atleti go into their much-anticipated clash with Madrid rivals Real at the disadvantage, listed at +240 soccer odds to win outright at both Bet365 and William Hill, a price that might smack disingenuous amongst Atleti fans, who are basking in the glow of their club’s best season in recent memory and still holding on to reasonable hope for a crowning end.

What’s more, they’ll be encouraged by Atleti’s 1-0 victory over Real at Santiago Bernabéu earlier this season, the first of two slated clashes in Primera Division between the pair. A victory in their rivals kop that extended their winning streak to two in a row after beating Real in the Copa Del Rey final last year.

That was then however. A lot has changed, namely the balance tipping back in favour of Real Madrid, who have ascended the league’s summit and avenged their defeat to Atletico in the Copa Del Rey with a comprehensive 5-0 victory on aggregate in the semifinal of this season’s instalment of the competition.

What’s more, Real Madrid are after a gauntlet throwing victory over Schalke in Champions League, a 6-1 disembowelling of the Bundesliga side that featured Real’s glittering stars scoring a brace each – Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema. So merciless and brutally efficient was the Real Madrid juggernaut that their soccer odds of -225 to win outright, in hindsight, now appear to have been a generous gift indeed by sportsbooks.

Real Madrid at the advantage

Real enter this matchup as unanimous favourites to win outright, albeit just shy of even money at +110 at Bet365 and William Hill. If current form were any indication however, these soccer odds might prove to be yet another generous gift soccer bettors will not want to pass up on.

Speaking of form, Real Madrid are enjoying a 28-match unbeaten streak across all competitions, which includes four draws and 24 wins. Most recently, since their last draw to Athletic Club, they have reeled off six victories, four of which were clean sheets including the 3-0 victory over Atleti at the Bernabeu and the 2-0 victory at the Calderón, which comprised the Copa del Rey semifinals.

Looking at the same stretch of form (just their last six matches) Atleti boast a 2-0-4 mark, the other two defeats coming to Almeria (shockingly) and Osasuna. Clearly, the wear and tear of the season is catching up to Diego Simeone’s side as they’ve lost a bit of their edge.

Soccer Betting Verdict

To all intents and purposes, this matchup should live up to the hype and billing. There is pressure on both sides of the coin: Real Madrid have to underscore their top position with a meaningful victory over a title rival while Atleti will be looking to prove they are still in the hunt, credible threats to the title yet. Which reality will prevail is anybody’s guess but if we we’re to make an educated one, based on current form and momentum, the balance tips wholeheartedly in Real’s camp. What’s more, at +110 to win outright they are a steal soccer pick.

Soccer Free Picks: Real Madrid to win outright at +110
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