Levante - Atletico Madrid Betting Preview: Why the smart money is on a low-scoring contenst in Valencia

Our La Liga expert Phil Kitromilides explains why he believes Atletico Madrid's run of low-scoring games will continue against a Levante side with little to play for
The feeling in Spain is that Levante are the only side standing between Atletico Madrid and their first league title in 18 years.

Should Los Rojiblancos win at the Ciudad de Valencia stadium, then they will be crowned champions with a victory at home to Malaga next weekend. 

Those who have been waiting for Atleti to slip up have marvelled at their nine wins in a row and Paddy Power offer them at 1/4 (1.25) to claim a 10th consecutive league success and cap off a fantastic week which has also seen them set up a meeting with city rivals Real in the Champions League final.

Levante for their part have little but pride to play for having secured survival, but they do still have the incentive of claiming a top half finish and are offered at 14/1 (15.00) for the win with the draw available at 4/1 (5.00).

Atletico's current league run has been characterized by gritty, hard-fought, low-scoring performances with eight of their last nine league wins seeing under 2.5 goals scored.

It is hard to see that sequence ending against a defensive Levante unit, who themselves are hardly prolific, and the price of 4/5 (1.80) for less than three goals to be netted in the clash looks tempting.

This bet has also paid out in six of Levante's last eight games and with Atletico likely to be drained from their Champions League exertions in midweek, another low-scoring encounter looks on the cards and offers plenty of potential returns for punters at 4/5 (1.80).

Under 2.5 goals at 4/5 (1.80) 3.0pt stake with Paddy Power

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