Atletico Madrid-Elche Betting Preview: Why less than three goals look likely

After two winners in the Copa del Rey final, our man in the Spanish capital Phil Kitromilides believes Atletico's run of low-scoring games will continue this evening
Friday night sees Atletico Madrid continue their quest for a first league title in 18 years as the Rojiblancos welcome struggling Elche to the Vicente Calderon.

In recent weeks Diego Simeone's men have been grinding out results without necessarily being spectacular, but that surely is the mark of champions and bet365 price them at 1/5 (1.20) to record another win, while Elche are offered at 14/1 (15.00). The draw is available at 5/1 (6.00) with the same firm.

The obvious selection in this game is one that has paid out in all but one of Atletico's last seven matches, under 2.5 goals, and it is offered at the superb looking price of 19/20 (1.95), particularly given the trends of their opposition in this game.

Elche have also been involved in some low-scoring matches of late with five of their last six encounters seeing less than three goals scored.

Atletico are one of the best teams in the world and getting a lead and protecting it, a skill that was perfectly evident in their recent Champions League clash with Barcelona.

They have not steam-rollered sides this season with expansive free flowing football, instead they have effectively prevented their opponents from scoring whilst proving efficient if not necessarily spectacular in front of goal.

As previously mentioned this bet has been a regular winner for us in recent weeks and there seems a strong argument once more to be made for investing in under 2.5 goals.

Under 2.5 goals at 19/20 (1.95) for a 2.5pt stake with bet365

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