Real Betis v Atletico Madrid | Match Preview, Odds and Prediction

Atletico Madrid travel to the Benito Villamarín Stadium to face Real Betis on Sunday evening and could go joint-top in La Liga with a win. Diego Simeone’s men enjoyed a 3-1 win over Granada in their opening match and are favourites to make it back-to-back victories this season. Atleti haven’t lost to Betis since 2019 and did the double over them in 2022/23, so the visitors are 21/20 with Betfred To Win.

Betis are no slouches despite being underdogs, however. They finished in a European place last season and enjoyed a winning start to the new campaign, so they shouldn’t be completely ruled out on home soil. Los Verdiblancos proved tough to beat in their own backyard, so they’re 3/1 with BetWay To Win. Only five sides drew more home games than Manuel Pellegrini’s side last season, however, so Betis and Atleti are 23/9 with VBet To Draw.

Los Verdiblancos finished sixth in La Liga with 60 points, boasting the sixth-best defensive record (41) while being joint-fifth for fewest amount of defeats (12). Betis were solid at home, averaging 1.4 goals per game while conceding 0.9 per game. Total Home Goals Over 1.5 is 9/1 with Bet 365 and Total Home Goals Under 1.5 is 1/3 with Betfred.

Borja Iglesias, who carried Betis last season with 15 goals and three assists from 35 league games, is 13/2 with Boyle Sports to be First Goalscorer and 12/5 with Bet 365 to Score Anytime. New signings Isco (12/1 with Bet 365 to be First Goalscorer, 11/2 with 10 Bet to Score Anytime) and Ayoze Perez (14/1 with SkyBet to be First Goalscorer, 11/2 with SkyBet to Score Anytime) may be able to hurt Atleti too.

As for the visitors, Simeone’s men finished third in La Liga with 77 points. Atleti lost fewer games (7) and conceded few goals (33) than second-placed Real Madrid, so it’s no surprise that they’re fancied by the bookmakers. Atleti had the second-best away record last season (19 games, 10 wins, five draws, four defeats), so they won’t be fazed on their travels.

Simeone’s men average 1.5 goals per game on the road, so Total Away Goals Over 1.5 is 5/4 with Paddy Power. As for who could be scoring for the visitors, Antoine Griezmann is coming off the back of 15 goals and 17 assists from 2022/23. The 32-year-old is 13/2 with Boyle Sports to be First Goalscorer and 12/5 with Unibet to Score Anytime. Alvaro Morata, who scored 13 goals with two assists last season, is 21/4 with Unibet to be First Goalscorer and 49/20 with Bet UK to Score Anytime.

Atleti have enjoyed four consecutive wins over Betis ahead of Sunday’s clash and have come out on top seven times in their last nine head-to-heads. Simeone’s men are unbeaten in the last four years and have lost only once since 2011, so this fixture tends to go one way. Nevertheless, both sides have 100% records coming into the clash and at least one club will have it ended.

Prediction: Real Betis 1-2 Atletico Madrid

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