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Back Atletico Madrid to beat Real Betis in the Caesars sportsbook.
Diego Simeone’s side have been much improved of late and they could land a blow to Betis in the race for the top four.
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It is still too early to definitively say that Atletico Madrid have turned the corner, but there have certainly been some promising signs of late.
Diego Simeone’s side have just won back-to-back games in La Liga for the first time since November, overcoming Osasuna 3-0 and Celta Vigo 2-0. Neither team is particularly strong. Osasuna and Celta are both in mid-table and are not involved in the battle for European qualification. But given how bad things got for Atletico earlier in the campaign, consecutive victories are not to be sniffed at.
Equally impressive was their performance against Manchester United in the Champions League last month. Atletico deserved more than a 1-1 draw on the balance of play. It was an archetypal Simeone performance in Europe.
Atletico were dogged, aggressive, and intense. They kept United at arm’s length for much of the match and were only denied a win by a late Anthony Elanga goal. Atletico created better chances against a team packed full of talent.
It is too early to get carried away. After all, it is not long since many were beginning to openly wonder whether Simeone had taken Atletico as far as he could.
They lost four games on the bounce in December – the first time ever under their current manager that the Colchoneros had taken zero points from a possible 12. An uptick after the winter break was punctured by losses to Barcelona and, most damagingly of all, bottom-of-the-table Levante.
Yet, in their last three games, Atletico seem to have gotten their focus back. They have conceded just one goal in those matches, having previously shipped three to Getafe, four to Barcelona, and two each to Valencia and Real Sociedad. Maintaining that defensive solidity will be crucial if Atletico are to qualify for the Champions League.
Real Betis are also involved in a battle for the top four that looks to be heating up as the business end of the campaign approaches. That would be a welcome development for neutrals; Real Madrid are on course to win the La Liga title, so the race for the Champions League could be what Spanish soccer fans focus on between now and May.
Betis are currently third in the standings despite a 2-1 loss to Sevilla last time out. They have occupied the third spot since beating Barcelona at the Camp Nou in early December, but their odds to qualify for the Champions League have drifted of late. Bet Caesars has them down as fifth-favorites, behind Real Madrid, Sevilla, Barcelona, and Atletico.
That is probably fair. Betis are enjoying a fantastic season. They finished sixth last time out but have got even better this term. Only Madrid have scored more goals than Betis, who have found the net 48 times. Los Blancos are also the only side with a better record away from home.
Betis’ defensive numbers are cause for concern, though: Manuel Pellegrini’s rank 11th in the division for goals conceded and have kept just one clean sheet in their last nine outings.
This is a vital game for Atletico in particular. Those routine victories over Osasuna and Celta Vigo were much needed, but they will count for little unless Los Colchoneros put in a big display in a crunch La Liga clash.
Simeone’s side have gone back to basics in recent weeks, and we are likely to see them concentrate on keeping things tight on Sunday, particularly in the early stages of the game. Affording Betis too much space in the final third is a recipe for disaster, as their goalscoring return this season demonstrates.
Simeone would probably settle for going into half-time with the scores still level at 0-0. The Argentine has enough quality attacking players to call upon – both from the start of the match and as substitutes – to turn any game in Atletico’s favor.
It is also worth noting Betis’ mediocre record at the Estadio Benito Villamarin this season. Betis are second in the away table but eighth in the home one. They have lost three of their last seven matches on their own patch and failed to find the net in each of those defeats. Back Atletico Madrid to come out on top this weekend.
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|Real Betis vs Atletico Madrid Information
|Real Betis vs Atletico Madrid
|Estadio Benito Villamarin, Seville, Spain
|Sunday, 6 March 2022, 15.00 PM EST
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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]More info on Greg Lea
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