But Diego Simeone’s men are indeed flying high, second in the league and even talking about winning a treble this season.
To keep this dream alive they must first beat Getafe, who visit the Vicente Calderon for tonight’s first leg of their Copa del Rey tie.
Los Colchoneros have won their last 14 consecutive home games so are understandably overwhelming favourites at 4/9 (1.44) with William Hill to secure a victory this evening.
The visitors are also in decent form though, having gone five games without defeat, but they are outsiders at 7/1 (8.00) to join Real Madrid and Barcelona as the only teams to win on Atletico’s home ground in 2012.
Only three of these sides’ combined 30 league games have finished in a draw this season, but you can get odds of 3/1 (4.00) if you see them playing out a stalemate in this match.
While the main story in Spain this weekend was Lionel Messi breaking Gerd Muller’s astonishing record of 85 goals in one calendar year, Falcao continued to challenge the Argentina international and Cristiano Ronaldo’s supremacy in La Liga by hitting five goals in the win over Deportivo.
The Colombia frontman has been spared any Europa League and Copa del Rey action so far this season, but his inclusion in Simeone’s squad for this match shows just how seriously the trainer is taking the competition.
With the former Porto man leading the line, the hosts should have no problem in winning by at least two goals and are therefore great value at 6/5 (2.20) to win with a one-goal handicap.
In fact, with Falcao on such a hot streak at the moment, ambitious punters could do a lot worse than have a smaller stake on Atletico to win by an even-greater margin, particularly as they have won their last two home league matches by an aggregate score-line of 10-0.
Los Rojiblancos are available at a very tasty 16/5 (4.20) to overcome a two-goal handicap and triumph this evening, which is a distinct possibility.
|Atletico (-1) to win at 6/5 (2.20) with William Hill
||Atletico (-2) to win at 16/5 (4.20) with William Hill
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