Atletico Madrid vs Real Betis
Spanish La Liga
Date: Saturday, 14th January 2017
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK/ 18:30 CET
Venue: Vicente Calderon, Madrid.
Diego Simeone is back to the basics. Atketico Madrid started doing what they do best – defense. The Argentine manager made some experiments with the attacking football in the first part of the season in the La Liga Division which obviously turned out to be a bad call since the team is currently sitting at the 4th position in the standings with their main rivals almost being on a double digit distance.
However, the New Year brought a different approach from Atletico. Atleti carefully waited for their opportunity to strike against Eibar and were patient enough to get the opportunity for the breakthrough in the second half when Saul and Antoine Griezmann scored goals for much needed three points. The defense looks solid again as the team kept clean sheets in both of the matches they played in the New Year.
Real Betis took much needed three points last Sunday when they were better than Leganes at their Benito Villamarin stadium. Ruben Castro found the net once again to take his tally to eight goals so far in Primera. However, we doubt that he will get the right ball at Vicente Calderon with the powerful defensive form shown by the hosts in the most recent days. On the other hand, Betis have lost each of their last four games on the road and we just can’t see them causing any harm to Atletico on Saturday.
Atletico Madrid vs Real Betis: Head-to-Head Stats
The most recent head to head clashes also announce a one-way street at Vicente Calderon since Atletico Madrid have won six games in a tow against Real Betis. Atleti are unbeaten in the last ten encounters with the Green-and-Whites. Interestingly, Atletico won each of the last three home games vs Betis by at least three goals difference, including a demolishing 5 – 1 victory in April 2016 when Griezmann bagged a brace.
Atletico Madrid vs Real Betis: Prediction
Everything should be pretty clear here. Atletico are expected to keep the good form going. The home win is priced at 2/90 which is obviously not going to make anyone rich, but Atletico to win in handicap at 7/10 can fly and will be our number one betting pick. Alternatively, Atleti to win to nil is priced up at 8/11 and is definitely worth giving a shot.
Atletico Madrid vs Real Betis: Betting Tips
- Atletico Madrid -1.5 handicap 7/10 (1.70)
- Atletico Madrid to win to nil 8/11 (1.72).