In their first encounter of the La Liga season, Real Betis surprised Atletico in Madrid by a 2-0 scoreline.
Despite being 14th in the league with 42 points, the Béticos are surprisingly only six points behind seventh place Atletico. They have a winning record at home (7-5-5), while Madrid's results on the road this season leave something to be desired, with Atletico possessing the worst away record of La Liga's top 12 teams (3-9-5).
However, Atletico is the favourite heading into the match, with a win currently sitting at 2.25. Bookmakers are certainly taking into consideration that the Madrid side is riding a four-game win streak, including a huge away win against Valencia on Wednesday in the Europa League semifinal to clinch a spot into the championship match against Bilbao. Another major factor to take into account is that Atletico is currently only four points out of the final Champions League spot, behind Levante and Malaga, with only four games left to be played. Los Rojiblancos have not missed European play since 2006/07, and will be very motivated to ensure another lucrative season in Europe.
Betis, paying a decent 3.20 at home, is coming off an embarrassing 4-0 loss to Valencia last Sunday, a team that Atletico handidly defeated twice in the last ten days. With as many draws as losses at home in league play, combined with the abysmial road record of Atletico, the draw bet could be seen as enticing at 3.25.
You may want to look at offerings for goal scorers if you are on the fence about who will win the match. Atletico's super-striker Falcao is never far from the goal, as he has scored 22 times so far on the campaign, third in La Liga scoring only behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. If he scores the first of the game the payout is 4.00. Betis' top scorer is Ruben Castro, ninth on La Liga's scoring charts, with 14 this season. He is paying 7.00 to score first.
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