La Liga: Real Loss Shifts Momentum To Atletico Ahead Of Madrid derby
Atletico Madrid might have been dreading Saturday’s derby with Real Madrid two weeks ago following a bad start to the La Liga season but the momentum has suddenly shifted Diego Simeone’s side’s way as they head to the Santiago Bernabeu.
After taking a measly five points from their opening four games, Atletico appear to have turned a corner with convincing wins over Getafe and Huesca, moving to within two points of front-runners Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Victory on Saturday would lift them above their bitter city rivals and Real’s flying start under coach Julen Lopetegui was derailed by a humiliating 3-0 defeat by Sevilla.
Atletico have bragging rights from the last time the two teams met in August, winning a thrilling UEFA Super Cup match 4-2 in extra-time to end their European hoodoo against Real, who beat them in the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals.
They appeared to suffer a hangover from that win following draws against Valencia and Eibar and a defeat by Celta Vigo but looked back to their rugged best in their 2-0 win over Getafe and 3-0 stroll against Huesca.
Despite Real’s dominance in most European matches with Atletico, Simeone’s side have a remarkable record at the Santiago Bernabeu, where they have not lost a league game since December, 2012, when Jose Mourinho was in charge.
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Real Sociedad v Valencia – Over 1.5
Barcelona v Ath Bilbao – Goal Goal (BTS)
Eibar v Sevilla – X2
Real Madrid v Atl Madrid – Goal Goal (BTS)
Huesca v Genoa – X2
Villareal v Valladolid – 1
Levante v Alaves – Over 1.5
Betis v Leganes – Goal Goal (BTS)