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Madrid Derbies Provide Clear Pointers

Champions-League-TrophyThe Champions League semi-finals take centre stage this week, with Real Madrid vying for favouritism with Juventus. The Italians champions are a best price of 7/4 with Sky Bet, while defending champions Real are the same with Betfair.

Real will of course face city rivals Atletico Madrid in the last four, with the first leg at the Bernabeu this Tuesday night.

When weighing up betting options ahead of a big match a look at recent meetings between the two teams can be a great help – and there can’t be many fixtures that provide more evidence than this one. In the last four seasons the two great rivals have met a staggering 18 times, including Champions League Finals in both 2014 and 2016, plus a quarter-final in between.

Things couldn’t be much closer, with 6 wins apiece and 6 draws and Real outscoring Atletico by 22 goals to 20. There have been only two red cards, one for each team, and Cristiano Ronaldo has scored nine times – including five from the penalty spot.

The score at 90 minutes in the four Champions League ties has been 1-1, 0-0, 1-0 to Real and 1-1, so a bet on Under 2.5 Goals at 7/8 with Unibet appeals on Tuesday.