Atletico Madrid v Real Sociedad Betting: Los Rojiblancos to race clear of La Real

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With Atletico hitting an excellent patch of form, we are backing the side from the capital to record another win at home against the Basque outfit

Had this match been played six weeks ago it would have had a very different feel to it, with Real Sociedad flying high and Atletico struggling.

La Real had been ahead of Los Rojiblancos in the table, sitting in the final Champions League spot and pushing Atletico down to fifth, yet the last month has seen the sides enjoy contrasting fortunes.

Four wins in a row have lifted Diego Simeone's side up to third, while La Real have gone three games without a win for the first time this season and the Basques' dreams of Champions League football seem to have disappeared.

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Bet365, who are as ever live streaming the game for UK-based customers, offer Atletico at 2/5 (1.40) for the win, while the visitors are priced at 7/1 (8.00) and the draw can be backed at 15/4 (4.75)

Atleti's home record remains one of the strongest in Spain with only Real Madrid and Barcelona managing to win a leage game in the Estadio Vicente Calderon since December 2014.

Given Los Rojiblancos' form and their record in their own stadium, a home win looks probable and perhaps La Real are just running out of steam towards the end of the season.

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Some markets to consider for the hosts could include backing them to score over 1.5 goals at 4/7 (1.57) which has paid out in four of their last five home matches, or backing them to keep their eighth home clean sheet of the season at 5/6 (1.83).

However, we will take the price of 21/20 (2.05) for Atletico to win by two goals or more, a selection which has paid out comfortably in each of La Real's last three visits to the Vicente Calderon. 

With the hosts in-form and scoring with ease we should expect them to be able to overcome a flagging La Real side by at least two goals and this looks like an intelligent way of backing Atletico at an attractive price.

Atletico Madrid to win with a -1 handicap at 21/20 (2.05) for a 1pt stake with bet365

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