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With Diego Simeone's men in such devastating form this season, our tipster believes they should be backed to net over 1.5 goals against a less than convincing Malaga defence

Atletico Madrid's staggering form this season has seen them lose just one of the 27 competitive fixtures they have played, and Diego Simeone's men will be aiming to start the new year in similar fashion when they travel to La Rosaleda to face Malaga.

The Andalusians for their part ended 2013 with a decent run of results and are unbeaten in their last five games. bet365 price a win for Malaga at 6/1 (7.00) while Atletico's rampant run sees them priced at just 1/2 (1.50) with the draw offered at 3/1 (4.00).

Indeed, Atletico are fast becoming as much of a challenge to punters as Barcelona and Real Madrid when it comes to finding value with the main markets often holding little or no value.

Backing them outright to win holds little interest at the price quoted, yet investing in Atletico to score over 1.5 goals looks like a decent prospect at 8/11 (1.73).

This bet has paid out in each of Atleti's last six games in all competitions and in a total of 21 matches that they have contested this season. Furthermore, Malaga have been far from defensively solid at home, conceding two or more goals in four of their last five matches at La Rosaleda so Simeone's men have every chance of breaching the home defence on at least two occasions.

It is not the biggest price in the world, but the probability of it paying out make it an excellent option for this game and 8/11 (1.73) should still return plenty of profit should it be a correct selection.

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Atletico Madrid to score over 1.5 goals at 8/11 (1.73) for 2.5pts with bet365

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