Atletico Madrid head to Real Betis this weekend with the very possibility they’re about to be swallowed up by Real Madrid and Barcelona. Those two La Liga title rivals meet in El Clasico on Saturday, at least giving Atletico the chance to put some distance back between at least one of those teams.
Where and when: Estadio Benito Villamarin – 11 April, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Real Betis vs. Atletico Madrid: Premier Sports, Bet365 live streaming
Last time: Marcos Llorente put Atletico into the lead in the first minute of the second half, before Luis Suarez wrapped up the points in injury time as Los Rojiblancos beat Betis 2-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano in October.
Real Betis v Atletico Madrid Predictions and Preview
Atletico Madrid are on the road back to Seville following another painful defeat last weekend. Los Rojiblancos look like they’ve run out of steam as they aim to secure their first La Liga title in seven years, and Diego Simeone has a tough job on his hands ahead of this trip to Real Betis.
Atletico supporters will of course hope their team can turn it around, having seen their side win just three of their last 10 games in all competitions. That run has seen Los Rojiblancos crash out of the Champions League against Chelsea, and relinquish their commanding lead at the top of La Liga.
Atleti have dropped 14 points in their last 10 La Liga fixtures. Real have only dropped seven in the same period and Barcelona just two. There’s no way of dressing it up, but Atletico are not in title-winning form, and they are no longer favourites to win the league.
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They are, however, still the favourites in these Real Betis v Atletico Madrid predictions, although perhaps not priced as short as if this game had taken place a couple of months back. The visitors are 7/5 in the latest odds for this key fixture, while Betis are 12/5 and the draw is available at 9/4 with William Hill.
The home team are having a strong campaign, currently occupying fifth spot in the table following last season’s 15th-placed finish. Although there’s a 12-point deficit to the top four, Los Verdiblancos have a great chance of qualifying for the Europa League.
Betis have picked up more points over their last 10 games than their visitors this weekend, dropping just 10 during that period. Manuel Pellegrini’s side have only lost two of their last 12 in La Liga, against top-four outfits Barcelona and Sevilla.
Atletico are another top-four side, but their disappointing 1-0 loss away to Sevilla on Saturday was the third time they’ve failed to score in their last four games. Simeone has one of La Liga’s top goalscorers in his ranks in the form of Luis Suarez, but his team are struggling to provide the service he needs.
The games are coming thick and fast this season, but Atleti’s European exit at least means they have some extra time on the training pitches this week to work on their issues. With that in mind, the away win could prove excellent value on Sunday night, especially as Atletico are looking for their fourth straight victory over Betis this weekend.
One to watch for Real Betis: Borja Iglesias opened the scoring for Betis from the penalty spot against Elche last weekend. Los Verdiblancos were unable to hold on to that lead, but Borja is 7/1 to break the deadlock for the second week running here.
One to watch for Atletico Madrid: Luis Suarez is the 15/4 favourite to strike first, as he goes in search of his 20th league goal of the campaign. The Uruguayan has only managed three goals in his last nine La Liga appearances, having netted 11 in his previous nine, so he’s due a run.
Long shot: If you’re looking for big odds in these Real Betis v Atletico Madrid tips, a scorecast could be the way to go. Atleti aren’t in good form and this could be a close game. The visitors are 6/1 to win 1-0, rising to 32/1 with Suarez getting the goal.