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The derby of Madrid couldn’t have come at a better time for Atletico, as the hosts face a Real Madrid devastated by the recent defeat to Borussia Dortmund. With the reigning champions focused exclusively on the upcoming second leg, Atletico has an excellent chance of tying them for the second place.

Match: Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid

Bet: Atletico Madrid

Odds: Blue Square 2.25

Over the last month, Atletico Madrid stayed undefeated and what’s most important is that they only conceded a goal in the fixture against Valencia. Falcao is back in business and scored for consecutive games, so the hosts have plenty of reasons to be confident in their chances of winning the derby. Despite the fact that the outcome of this match won’t influence the chances of either team to play in the Champions League next year, the Spanish capital will be buzzing with enthusiasm.

Real Madrid is about to fail miserably in the most important European competition, as they need to score 3 goals in the second leg to advance to the finals. Having Cristiano Ronaldo sidelined with a knee injury turns their chances from slim to none, and there is no way for Mourinho to send his prolific striker on the field tonight. The Portuguese coach is simply too intelligent to make the mistake of aggravating his injury in a game that carries no weight for Real Madrid.

BetPal Tip:

Real Madrid will put pride aside tonight and the main priority for the visitors is to avoid any injuries in the wake of the decisive Champions League clash. Atletico Madrid has an excellent opportunity to take advantage of their rivals’ struggles and punters could capitalize on their victory by backing the hosts with Blue Square at odds of 2.25.