Atletico Madrid v Real Betis – Wanda Metropolitano at 15:15 live at Eleven Sports
Antoine Griezmann scored a brace as Atletico Madrid comfortably dispatched Club Brugge 3-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Los Rojiblancos extended their unbeaten streak to five with the success, a result that’s put Diego Simeone’s men in pole position in Group A with two wins from two.
Los Colchoneros are finding their feet after less than auspicious start to the 2018/19 campaign. Thankfully for the capital club, title rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona have both dropped numerous points in the past fortnight to hand Atletico a route back into the La Liga championship race.
Tight encounter on the cards
On Sunday, Atletico welcome Real Betis to the Wanda Metropolitano and a tight tussle is anticipated with Under 2.5 Goals a standout selection at 1.74. Los Colchoneros have only lost once here since the start of last season in La Liga action and a huge 15 of those 22 outings have featured fewer than three goals.
Purely looking at away fixtures across the same sample, Real Betis can match that 15/22 (68%) success rate for Under 2.5 Goals winners in La Liga, making Sunday afternoon’s match a great value selection for a low-entertainment encounter in the autumnal Madrid sunshine.
Betis’ defensive improvements
Back-to-back La Liga wins over Leganes and Girona have seen Betis rise into fifth in Spain almost unannounced. Head coach Quique Setien described the latter success as “very important” as Los Verdiblancos’ positive performances have begun to be rewarded with points on the table.
The Seville-based club finished 2017/18 with a flourish to claim a Europa League berth and Setien’s swashbuckling side were tipped amongst the leading candidates for potential continental qualification once more in 2018/19.
However, an opening day defeat to Levante put the Andalusians on the back foot. A 1-0 derby success over bitter rivals Sevilla was their only taste of victory, as well as their only goal, in their opening four encounters but Betis have found their feet of late and shouldn’t be too off-put by a Thursday night clash with part-timers Dudelange in the Europa League.
The visitors come into this contest having recorded six clean sheets in their past seven prior to that match against the Luxembourg amateurs. Go back to March and Los Verdiblancos have silenced 12 of their past 18 opponents, while only Getafe and Villarreal have faced more shots on-target domestically.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Under 2.50 goals at 1.740
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.
Here’s a well earned Player Feature for France international and Los Colchoneros forward, Antoine Griezmann!