Atletico Madrid host Betis at Vicente Calderon on the Primera matchday 31.
Atletico are currently 2nd in the league with 67 points earned. They are 9 points behind leading Barcelona, so they are highly unlikely to clinch the title while Real Madrid are only 1 point behind them.Diego Simeone’s team have won 4 of their last 5 games, but they were sensationally beaten by lowly Sporting on the 30th matchday (1:2). The defeat was even bitter considering Atletico were leading till 4th quarter of the match, but Sporting managed to net their goals on 75’ and 89’ and recorded a comeback. On top of that Atletico had been bossing the game from the beginning to the very end. They have scored 12 goals and conceded 3 ones in their last 5 matches. They scored goals in all of them and recorded 3 clean-sheets as well.
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Atletico have been showing great football at home in the Primera. The last time they lost at Vicente Calderon was in October against Barca. The Colchoneros lost points only in 1 of their last 5 home games (draw against Villarreal).
Betis on their part are 13th with 34 points earned. Real Betis are clearly a mid-table side with no obvious ambitions. They are quite far away from the red zone, but they cannot even think about getting near eurocups zone. They have recorded 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses in their last 5 matches. Moreover, they have been struggling to earn points in 2 games in a row. Last matchday they were beaten by Malaga 0:1. Before that they lost to Athletic Bilbao at San Mames (1:3).
They had 8-6 goal difference in those five games. They failed to score in only one game and even recorded two clean-sheets. On top of that Real Betis have earned only 1 victory in their last 5 games on the road. But they failed to open the scoring only once.
Atletico have been victorious in all of their last 5 head-to-heads against Betis. The last time Real Betis won was in 2011. Moreover, Betis failed to score in their last 5 meetings against Atletico. No wonder Atletico are obvious favorite prior to the game. Clearly bookies do not expect many goals scored.
The hosts won’t probably go all out as they have match against Barcelona in the Champions League 3 days after. It will be Betis’ chance. Although Atletico will probably score they are also may concede at least one goal.
Prediction: both teams to score.