Atletico Madrid vs Real Betis - Predictions, Betting Odds & Picks

  • Manuel Pellegrini is back in La Liga but he will not be in charge of Real Betis here
  • Atletico is closing in on another top-three finish as season enters the final stretch
  • Valladolid has little to play for after securing its top-flight status for another year
What Atletico Madrid vs Real Betis
Where Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain
When Saturday, 11 July 2020, 4 PM EST
How to watch beIN SPORTS

The unprecedented length of the 2019/20 European soccer campaign makes it easy to forget that Manuel Pellegrini was in charge of West Ham United earlier this season. After some exciting dealings in the transfer market last summer, the Hammers were tipped by many Premier League watchers to qualify for the Europa League this term.

It is fair to say that things have not gone to plan. With a handful of fixtures remaining, West Ham is still not safe from relegation. David Moyes has been unable to inspire a significant upturn in fortunes, but the rot set in under Pellegrini and the Chilean’s future in the European game looked uncertain when he was sacked by the London club in December.

Yet the veteran manager is not finished with soccer’s foremost continent just yet. After seven years away from La Liga, the former Villarreal, Real Madrid and Malaga boss has taken charge of a fourth Spanish side. Real Betis has endured an underwhelming season and Pellegrini was announced as Rubi’s permanent successor on Thursday.

The 66-year-old will not officially take the reins until next term, with interim boss Alexis Trujillo set to continue in the dugout this weekend. But the Betis players will be keen to impress their new manager as he watches on, with Pellegrini set to run the rule over his squad ahead of the summer. Yet while Betis will be suitably motivated, that is unlikely to be enough to upset Atletico.

Atletico Madrid vs Real Betis Odds

Match result and both teams to score Odds
Atletico Madrid and Yes +275
Atletico Madrid and No -435

Odds taken from DraftKings.

Betis was much improved in its last outing against Osasuna but facing Atletico represents a much tougher task altogether. Diego Simeone’s side dropped points in midweek and will be keen to get back on track here, particularly as it has the chance to extend its unbeaten streak to 14 matches.

For Betis, there is little left to play for. It has never been a contender for Europe this term but has rarely looked like being involved in a relegation dogfight. Atletico is simply a better team and that should be apparent on Saturday.

Champions League Soccer Will Be at the Wanda Metropolitano Next Season

It has become commonplace to see Atletico Madrid competing in the latter stages of the Champions League, and the club is even considered a dark horse to win this season’s edition after dumping out holders Liverpool in the round of 16. Back in La Liga, Atletico is close to wrapping up yet another top-four finish, which means it will again be participating at Europe’s top table in 2020/21.

You now have to go all the way back to 2012/13 – Simeone’s first full season at the helm – to find the last time that the Colchoneros were absent from the Champions League. Six points clear of fifth-placed Villarreal with three games remaining, it would take a monumental collapse for Atletico to miss out on next year’s edition.

On paper, a third-place finish might look a backward step after Atletico finished as runner-up in 2017/18 and 2018/19, but ending this season as the best of the rest behind the big two would be a fine achievement given the squad overhaul Simeone undertook last summer.

Betis Will Be Keen to Put This Season Behind It and Look to the Future

Pellegrini’s rebuild is unlikely to be as dramatic as Simeone’s was this time last year, but Betis can now begin to look to the future after appointing its next permanent boss. This has been a campaign to forget for a team that finished 10th last term and was hoping to kick on this season, with Europa League qualification seen as a realistic target among the fan base.

Yet Betis started slowly and never truly recovered. Its 3-0 victory over Osasuna last time out was only the club’s fourth league win in 2020, during which time it has suffered seven defeats and drawn a further six matches. Betis fans must be looking forward to their team pressing the reset button in a few weeks’ time, and for now it will not have given up hope of sneaking into the top half.

Atletico Has Not Kept Many Clean Sheets of Late and That Could Be the Case Again

Given how thick and fast the games are coming, it is no surprise that most teams are operating below maximum capacity right now. That has manifested itself in different ways – Real Madrid’s attack has not been firing on all cylinders, while Atletico’s defense has not been quite as solid as many are used to.

That point should not be exaggerated, as it is not too long since Atleti strung three consecutive clean sheets together, but there has been enough in its recent performances to suggest that Betis could get on the scoresheet here.

Our Pick

Take the Yes option here – a buoyed Betis could breach Atletico’s backline but it is still likely to suffer defeat at the Wanda Metropolitano.

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Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts. Email: [email protected]