Real Betis vs Atletico Madrid
Spain – LaLiga
Date: Sunday, 22 December 2019
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Benito Villamarin (Sevilla).
Diego Simeone’s men have been uncharacteristically off-performing this season. Even the arrival of new sensation Joao Felix have failed to raise them to the required levels. Meanwhile Betis have been on fine form recently, and they will try their best to record a rare win over the Colchoneros.
Real Betis vs Atletico Madrid Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last time these two met, Betis won 1-0.
- The previous six games failed to have over 2.5 goals.
- Atleti have conceded a total of three goals from the prior three fixtures.
- At this venue, Betis have recorded a total of two goals from the last five meetings.
- Only one of the last five clashes at this venue have had goals from both teams.
Real Betis vs Atletico Madrid Match Preview
Back in the days, this would have been an open-and-shut game for Atleti. They would have employed their overtly defensive approach, and would have posted the three points on the board with a 1-0 or 2-0 win at the most.
However, Atleti really seem a shadow of their old selves at the moment. They are struggling to keep up with the new-found level of competitiveness in the La Liga.
Consequentially, fans at the Benito Villamarin will be eagerly looking forward to this game.
Real Betis vs Atletico Madrid Prediction
Real were on the road the last match-day, and had locked horns with Espanyol. In spite of them trailing 2-1 late into the game, and the added away handicap, Betis managed to share the spoils at the end of the game with a 2-2 scoreline.
Meanwhile, Atleti did record a narrow 2-0 victory the prior game week. But at the Wanda Metropolitano, against a newly-promoted squad, they had to toil till the 67th minute to find the first goal of the game.
This Sunday, the current form of Simeone’s men, and their dismal run on the road will greatly come into play.
In fact, the Madrid outfit were winless in seven of their last ten overall match-ups, and had failed to score in three of their previous five games. On the road, they are on a seven-match winless run, and failed to find the back of the net in the last two trips.
Building on the same note, Atleti have a total of two league wins this season on the road – one against a newly promoted Mallorca, and the other against one of the worst teams in the competition, the relegation-threatened Leganes.
On the other hand, Betis are on a four-game unbeaten run, and impressively had won three of those. They were also unbeaten in 11 of their last 15 overall fixtures, and at home, they have lost just twice in total this whole season.
The fear factor associated with Betis further rises when it’s noted that they are on back-to-back wins over Bilbao, and Valencia, at home, as of now.
Taking into consideration these observations, count on the hosts to put forth an impressive performance. While brave punters could go for a Betis win this Sunday, we will opt for a conservative Double Chance on Betis.
Moving on, in regards to goals though, Betis will not be able to register a riot. Despite their struggles, Atleti have still kept their soul intact, and it is evident from the fact that they have conceded the least number of goals in the competition at present.
As the campaign has entered its halfway mark, Simeone’s men have let in a total of just ten goals (as usual, the least in the La Liga). In addition, they have conceded just three goals against this opponent from the last 12 h2h games combined, and just two goals from their prior five visits to this venue.
Moreover, Atletico Madrid have let in just two goals from their last five matches in all competitions, and just two from their previous two road trips.
Considering all these observations together, count on Atleti to limit the number of goals conceded to the very minimum, despite being on the back-foot.
As such, backing the Under 2.5 Match Goals should bring good returns this weekend.
Real Betis vs Atletico Madrid Betting Tips
Double Chance: Real Betis or Draw @ 1.80 (4/5)
Under 2.5 Match Goals @ 1.70 (7/10).