Prediction and odds for the game: Real Betis (14/5) v Atletico Madrid (11/10)
Back the draw at odds of 23/10.
When: Sunday 22nd December 2019, Kick-off 3 PM
Where: Estadio Benito Villamarin
On Sunday afternoon, Atletico Madrid face a tricky trip to Seville to Real Betis, as Los Rojiblancos attempt to regain form in the Spanish top-flight.
The Andalusians look to have found a touch of form of late, as they head into this clash unbeaten in five games in all competitions, having recorded four wins in the process. A 2-2 draw at Espanyol in their last league games means that Rubi’s team have taken ten points from a possible 12 in La Liga.
The recent improvement in form has seen the home side move into the top half of the table. A victory over Atletico would move Betis to within three points of the visitors in the table.
Real Betis have a decent recent record at the Villamarin in La Liga, winning five of their last eight home games in the Spanish top-flight, including three of their last four. Their recent home games have not always been high-scoring in La Liga, but both teams have managed to score in their last 16 home games in the Spanish top-flight.
Betis won the most recent meeting between these two teams. However, the victory ended a winless run of 15 games against the team from the capital in all competitions.
The visitors find themselves in the unusual position of fifth-place in the table, seven points behind league leaders Barcelona and arch-rivals Real Madrid.
Their form has not been great of late. In fact, a 2-0 home win over Osasuna in their last league outing ended a three-game winless run for the team from the capital.
The Osasuna game was another typically low-scoring Atletico game, as 13 of their last 14 games in the Spanish top-flight have produced under 2.5 goals. The fact that the visitors have the best defence in the Spanish top-flight this season has obviously been a factor in the recent low-scoring matches in La Liga.
Atletico’s last five away games in the Spanish top-flight have finished in draws. Unsurprisingly when it comes to Atletico, their last eight matches on their travels have produced under 2.5 goals. Atleti’s last six meetings with the home side have also seen under 2.5 goals scored in each match.
Real Betis definitely heads into this clash in better form than the visitors. The team from Andalusia will be confident of improving their recent poor record against Atletico. However, Simeone’s team are a tough nut to crack and we are backing the game to finish all square.
The other bet we are backing is the under 2.5 goals scored, as the recent meeting between these two teams have been tight, as have most of Atletico’s games this season.
Verdict: Back the draw at odds of 23/10 and/or under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 4/6. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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