iBet: The Madrid derby promises to be feisty

Gareth Purnell

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid, kick off 9pm, Sky Sports 1

Back there to be a red card in the game at 4/6 with Betfair

This is surely the must-watch game of the weekend. For the first time in years Atletico are well ahead of their Madrid rivals well into the season. There are eight points between the teams and while this will be seen as a must-win for Jose Mourinho’s men, it will not be easy against an in-form team that has lost only one of its 13 games. For both teams it’s the strikers who make the headlines. Everyone knows about Ronaldo, and in Columbian international Ramadel Falcoa, Atletico (7-1 with BetVictor) have the hottest property in European Football. Following a 36-goal campaign last season, the 26-year-old has scored 11 La Liga goals already this term. Yet in fact it’s the defences that have impressed this season – Real Madrid (4/9) have conceded only three goals in six home games, and Atletico have let in only five in their six away fixtures. I actually fancy a few goals tonight but you have to go over 3.5 goals to get any kind of price. Whatever happens, it should be feisty, and a red card looks very likely. Spreadex go 78-82 on the bookings line and tell me there were six yellow cards and two reds in this fixture last season for a make-up of 110.


Aston Villa are fighting hard for their manager, but they lack creative quality and do not score enough goals. They may find it tough taking on QPR in Harry Redknapp’s first home game in charge. Despite having won only one of their last 15 away games in the Premier League, Villa can be laid at 3-1 with Betfair.

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