It’s been such a weird month of January. Asides being seemingly short, it still seemed like it would take forever to end. The sporting events we witnessed in the month also made it look like January was never going to leave.
However, January of 2020 is well on its way out of the picture. And as we approach February, the fest continues in the world of sport as the month features many heavyweight clashes, in the NBA, world of tennis and of course football.
Asides Champions League football which will resume later in the month, the first day in the month of February will witness the first Madrid derby of the year. Table-toppers, Real Madrid will welcome Atletico Madrid to the Santiago Bernabeu in one of the biggest games of the year so far.
Although 10 points separate both sides on the log table, the rivalry between both sides doesn’t have that much space. With both sides having something to lose in this game, this is one derby to not only watch but cash out from. However, before you add this game to your bet slip, here are four questions you must use to guide your selections:
Another Draw Loading?
The unpredictability of this tie is underscored by the recent results that it has produced. In recent meetings, both sides have been difficult to separate after 90 minutes. In their last 10 meetings in the La Liga, six ended in a draw after full-time, with three ending in a goalless stalemate.
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In the other four fixtures, both teams shared the spoils, winning two apiece. With Atleti chasing a place in the top four and Real Madrid looking to cement top spot, will this game end in yet another draw?
Goals or No Goals?
Both teams failed to score in three of their last 10 meetings. Three other games during this run ended with just two goals while three others ended with at least three goals. Only one game in those 10 ended with just one goal.
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Looking at this trend, it’s been a mix of goal fests and the absence of goals at some point. Over 1,5 goals is priced at 1.38 on NairaBET while Over 2,5 goals has been priced at 2.20. Which prediction are you making for this game?
Who Will Score First?
Real Madrid are currently on a 20-game unbeaten run in all competitions. Boasting the league’s best defensive record (conceding the fewest league goals out of Europe’s top five clubs) and the second-best offensive, they’re quite on a roll. More importantly is their scoring streak in recent games.
Atletico Madrid have not won any of their last four games.
Which of these two sides will win this game?
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Zinedine Zidane’s side have conceded in six of their last seven games. But in those seven games, the Los Blancos have scored first. Will Real Madrid score the first goal in this game? How will events play out in this clash?
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