Atletico Madrid and Betis lock horns for the third time in less than a month, and the hosts have plenty of reasons to be confident ahead of this game. The visitors have very few aces to play, but if they play their cards well, they could cause the first upset at Estadio Vicente Calderon.
Bet: Betis Sevilla +1 goals
Odds: Bet365 2.15
Atletico prevailed in the double legged Copa del Rey and it was home pitch advantage that saw them moving further in the competition. Having Falcao in the offense also helped their cause, but tonight they will have to do without their most prolific striker. He is still injured and won’t be even present on the bench, which means that for the first time this season, Madrid fans have good reasons to be worried.
Without being the best defensive team in Primera Division, Betis has conceded fewer goals in the second half of the season. The recent meltdown away at Rayo Vallecano can be regarded as an accident, but it will represent a strong incentive for coach Pepe Mel to strengthen his offensive. This doesn’t mean that Molina and Castro will miss from the offensive, in fact the two strikers are expected to play side by side for the first time in more than a month.
It is only a matter of time until Atletico’s flawless home record will be broken and this fixture is as good as any of the upcoming matches for producing the first defeat. Punters don’t even need to back the visitors for a straight win, because Bet365 presents them with a tempting proposition. The +1 Asian handicap means that punters will win in case of an away victory or a draw, while having their stakes returned in case of a narrow home win.