Nobody talks about Real Madrid’s heavy defeat against Sociedad as they get ready to face Atletico Madrid in the first big derby of the season. Despite the fact that Atletico won the Super Cup and Real’s injury woes William Hill favors the hosts to win at 1.70, as opposed to Atletico’s 4.80.
Both teams look to be affected by the so-called “FIFA virus” where all your players come injured after the international break. Real will be without Carvajal and Khedira, while Atletico has Rodriguez with a muscle strain. On the bright side of this international break Bale and Modric got to score, while for Atletico, Mandzukic and Jimenez helped their respective countries by scoring.
Real Madrid’s loss to Real Sociedad came in a moment where everyone expects great things from the team that won the Champions League 10 times. They were leading with two goals to nil, but were not able to preserve the advantage, and without Cristiano Ronaldo they only managed to have five shots on target. Real is expected to give Chicharito some playing time, although that should Ronaldo still need time to recover. James is still to find his footing in a team so full of talents that sometimes a little discipline is needed.
Diego Simeone is the biggest absence from Atletico as he is suspended from the sidelines for eight matches, which saw his team performing not really convincing. Their last match was against the newly promoted Eibar, which they struggled to win against and could have even conceded the equalizer in the last minutes of the match. As it stands there is no clear favorite to win though some say that should Ronaldo play, the match would be won before it starts, which could be said about Atletico should Mandzukic be in great form.
Real Madrid for both halves is at 2.50, the same betting market for Atletico is at 9.00, and Real to lead after 30 minutes is at 2.80. Ronaldo to score anytime 1.91, Benzema at 2.30 and Gareth Bale at 2.62, while for Atletico Jimenez to score is at 3.75, Griezmann at 4.00 and we’re betting 7 units on Mario Mandzukic to score at 3.30 with William Hill.
Real Madrid: Team’s Formation
Atletico Madrid: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Mario Mandzukic to score anytime
Bundesliga’s unexpected leaders are set to continue their unbeaten streak while being the only team to sport two wins in a row. Bayer Leverkusen host Werder Bremen before their Champions League quest with the visitors still looking for their first win this season. The hosts are still reeling after the win over Borussia Dortmund, but mostly for the quickest Bundesliga goal Bellarami made history with.
The team has been hit with injury worries so soon after things started to look up for them, as following Simon Rolfes with a torn ligament, Julian Brandt looks to have the same problem. But unlike Leverkusen’s captain who picked up his injury during the match against Hertha, Brandt injured himself during training: “I was just unlucky as I fell awkwardly. Now I need to get fit again as soon as possible,” said Brandt. On the bright side of things Lars Bender returned to training and might take Rolfes’ place in the defense.
Werder Bremen are the exact opposite of Leverkusen in terms of results and transfers, as not only they weren’t able to make any transfers, but they also lost two of their most important players. So far, they only managed two draws against Hoffenheim and Hertha, which puts them in an unlikely position to win against an in-form Leverkusen. It is still early to say just how exactly will both teams do in Bundesliga, but Bremen tend to play better at home, and Leverkusen tend to crash towards the finish line.
Statistics wise Leverkusen won the last three matches they played at Bay Arena against Bremen, which is why Ladbrokes credits Bayer Leverkusen with 1.28. Werder Bremen gets 9.00 odds for an outright win and a draw goes for 5.00. Bayer Leverkusen for both halves is at 1.80, the hosts to win with one goal as margin of victory is at 4.10, and we’re betting 7 units on both teams to score and Leverkusen to win at 2.55 with Ladbrokes.
Bayer Leverkusen: Team’s Formation
Werder Bremen: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Both teams to score and Leverkusen to win
Result: -8 units, bet lost
Result: -7 units, bet lost