Getafe - Atletico Madrid Betting Preview: Why the visitors may struggle in the first half

Phil Kitromilides believes that Diego Simeone's side's midweek Champions League heroics may take their toll in the opening 45 minutes of Sunday's game in La Liga
Wednesday's historic Champions League victory over Barcelona has already guaranteed that this season will long live in the memory of Atletico Madrid fans.

A semi-final against Chelsea is not all they have to which to look forward, though - as well as their European triumph, Los Rojiblancos are in a great position to claim their first league title since 1996.

Standing in their way of three vital points on Sunday are their neighbors, Getafe, who themselves are desperately searching for a win to extricate themselves from the relegation zone. bet365 price a win for Los Azulones at 15/2 (8.50) whole Atleti are offered at 4/9 (1.44).

The tremendous physical effort by Diego Simeone's men midweek, however, may possibly affect their performance on Sunday afternoon, with their squad already hit by some key injuries.

That is not to say that they will not grind out a win on Sunday but it might take them a while to get going. The price of 8/11 (1.72) for Getafe or a draw at half-time looks tempting especially when considering that it has paid out in five of Atletico's last seven matches. 

The side from the southern suburbs of the Spanish capital have not been bad in the first half of the home matches, drawing or winning at half-time in three of their last five so they should be able to hold up their end of the bargain.

While Atletico are vastly superior in terms of quality, Getafe are a tidy outfit that are capable of playing some attractive football. The effect of Atelti's midweek exertions should not be underestimated meaning this looks like a potentially profitable selection.

Getafe or Draw at half time at 8/11 (1.73) for a 1.0pt stake with bet365

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