William Hill Online Help Centre Close Detach
  • Change view:

William Hill Online Sports Betting - Live Football, Horse Racing, Greyhounds, Sports & Games

Michael Taylor 6th Mar 2009 - 18:33

Robben flying in Real uprising

If anybody had suggested Real Madrid could win the La Liga Primera title two months ago they would been locked up in a loony asylum but, if Los Merengues beat local rivals Atletico on Saturday, the unthinkable could very easily become possible.

Real are currently on a ten league game winning streak, closing Barcelona's once 'unassailable' lead right down to four points and, instead of relying on Galacticos as they have done in the past, Madrid have English imports to thank.

Juande Ramos, Spurs worst nightmare, has had a dream start at the helm of the biggest club in the world; however it is former Chelsea star Arjen Robben who has lifted spirits around the Santiago Bernabeu.

The silky Dutch winger has been on fire lately, running defences ragged and scoring and creating at will and he looks good for more of the same this weekend despite facing a team chasing hard for Champions League football next season.

Robben is 7/1 to score the first goal of the game and while he doesn't have the scoring prowess of a Raul, Huntelaar or Higuain, he could hold the key in what is likely to be a tense occasion.

And why wouldn't it be tense with so much riding on it? Atletico need to avoid falling too far away from the Champions League race, Real know any slip up could hand Barca the title and, perhaps most importantly, local bragging rights are up for grabs.

The problem is that it is impossible to look past Juande Ramos adding yet another win to his quickly improving CV - it cannot be long until people start asking questions about what went so spectacularly wrong at White Hart Lane.

Real Madrid are 4/6 to win the match, which looks very generous given their current form, while a draw at 12/5 and an away win at 10/3 could be ones to avoid.

I don't even think the question should be who will win? rather how close can Atletico stay to their richer neighbours?

Abel Resino is a firm believer that the best form of defence is attack and his Atletico side certainly attack with flair. Top scorer and former Man utd flop Diego Forlan is in the form of his life and will cause trouble for the likes of Gabriel Heinze and Fabio Cannavaro - not enough to cause a surprise but I would expect los colchoneros to get on the scoresheet.

The trouble with their attacking style is that the back four of Ujfalusi, Lopez, Pernia and Perea are often left exposed and as such they boast the worst goals against total amongst the top eight in the league - great news for Real who have managed a massive 24 goals in the last ten games.

With this in mind you have to think the 8/13 about more than two total match goals is a banker, while the 11/4 about over 100 on the match action market has a real chance.

In terms of correct score betting it really is tough to call especially as a high scoring game is a good possibility but the 16/1 about 3-2 to Real Madrid looks good value and would provide all the entertainment fit for a game as grand as this.

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid - view all betting

View all Spanish La Liga Primera betting


View AllPlay Games


View AllMichael Taylor