After a surprising defeat to Sportin Gijon, Atletico Madrid will be hosting Real Betis at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday.
Diego Simeone’s men suffered their first league defeat in 7 games, after the squandered a goal lead in six (6) minute to a relegation battling Sportin Gijon . Atletico Madrid will be looking to redeem itself and take advantage of either a widen lead over Madrid or a close up on Barcelona as the two top guns will be locking horns for the 2nd leg of the El-Classico.
However, Real Betis have failed to win/draw their last two league games, losing at home to Malaga and suffering a 3-1 defeat away at the San Mames Barria stadium.
- Atletico Madrid have lost just one of the 14 homes games this season, scoring 26 goals and conceeding 6 times.
- Atletico Madrid suffered one (1) defeat in 10 games (in All competition), and 2 defeats in the last 10 league games.
- Real Betis are currently on 2 games losing streak, and can boast of 3 wins in their last 10 league games, gathering 13 points out of possible 30 points.
- Real Betis have 5 away victories in their 15 away games so far this season.
Atletico Madrid: Team News
Tiago, who suffered a broken leg last November is reported to be back in training with team, but is expected to miss the match.
There is a crisis at the centre of defense as Diego Godin and Stefan Savic are injured, while Godin’s Uruguay team-mate Jose Giménez is a doubt. If Giminez doesnt pass his fitness test in time, Simeone could have to deal with an inexperienced back-line with a 20 year old Lucas Hernandez partnering another B-team player Ignacio Monsalve.
Yannick Carrasco served his suspension in the last match against Gijon and could start off from the bench against Real Betis.
Atletico Madrid: Predicted Line Up (4-4-2)
Oblak – Felipe Luis, Hernandez, Gimenez, Gamez – Koke, Gabi, Saul, Matias – Griezmann, Torres.
Real Betis Team News
Javi Garcia could be without the service of Juan Vargas who recently suffered a thigh injury. Italian defender Carlos Piccini is the only confirmed player on the injury table for Real Betis.
Real Betis: Expected Starting Line-up (4-4-2)
Adan: Heiko, German, Montoya, Bruno – Musonda, Ceballos, Kadir, N’diaye – Damiao, Castro.
Atletico Madrid vs Real Betis: Head-To-Head-Stats
Atletico Madrid remains unbeaten in any game against Real Betis since April 2012. Real Betis only have 1 victory in the last 10 meeting among this two teams.
In a nutshell, both side have met a total 38 times with 16 victories for Atletico Madrid, 11 for Real Betis and 11 ending in a draw.
Atletico Madrid vs Real Betis: Prediction
After Atletico Madrid shameful result against Sportin Gijon, Diego Simeone men will be hoping to find their winning wand especially playing at home against a side that haven’t tasted a point in two games. Atletico Madrid knows they can widen or even close up points ahead of this weekend El-Classico showdown in Nou camp.
However, Garcia’s are never push over and could pose a threat to any big team in the Spanish Primera Division. I suggest a win for Atletico Madrid.
Best Bet: Both Teams to Score @ 2.25