Last season saw Real Madrid need a fantastic late run of results in La Liga just to get close to the eventual title winners Barcelona and put pressure on their fierce rivals, but this time the football boot has been on the other foot so to speak.
This season it has been the turn of Zinedine Zidane and the Real Madrid players to start quickly and race to the top of the Spanish table, while Luis Enrique and Barca endured a terrible start and have struggled to keep in touch. Our other main rivals Atletico Madrid have fared even worse and are currently six points behind us down in fourth place.
At the minute the favourites for the title are still Barcelona and Madrid are available at around 7/4 but you can be sure that this will change with a win over Atletico, so if you are thinking of having a flutter then it might be wise to so before this weekend and if you do there lots of special offers out there which you can find through the www.bettingoffers.org website.
Zidane takes Los Blancos across town to face our local rivals at the Vicente Calderon stadium. The manager will be well aware of this, however, and will prepare his team for a tough test with the knowledge that a derby win will put us into a brilliant position and make us strong favourites to become champions of Spain once again.
Going on form this weekend gives Real Madrid a great chance to get one over on our city rivals and to make a statement to our big rivals from Catalonia, especially as Diego Simeone saw his side lose their last game against Real Sociedad so confidence in the dressing room will not be good.
Will this weekend see Ronaldo, Bale and all take a firm grip on La Liga or will Atletico hurt us again as they have in recent years?