Real Betis vs Atletico Madrid Betting Tip Under 2.5 goals – 22 December 2019

Atleti to stifle Betis attack

Zouhair Feddal /Real Betis ©imago images / Agencia EFE 22.12.2019

SpainReal Betis vs Atletico MadridSpain
22nd December 1500hrs
Football – Spain – La Liga
Pick Under 2.5 goals
Bookmaker Marathonbet
Odds: 77/100 odds taken 2000 GMT, Saturday 21 December)

Real Betis will be looking to continue their recent resurgence against an Atletico Madrid side who cannot afford to slip any further behind in the title race. Both teams will be wanting to end 2019 on a strong note.

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Real Betis Preview – Can Betis make it five games unbeaten and continue their rise up the table?

There are real signs that Rubi is beginning to get things right at Real Betis having taken over the club in the summer. It was just two wins in his first 10 league games in charge and there were concerns that the club would be involved in the relegation battle. Even when losing to rivals Sevilla last month there was talk that there could be a change in head coach. Rubi and his players have been resilient and they have strung together a really impressive run of form as they look to close out 2019 strongly. Home wins over Valencia and Athletic Bilbao in addition to their first away win of the season away to Mallorca have seen Betis climb the table, before a 2-2 draw away to Espanyol last weekend. Betis also progressed into the next round of the Copa Del Rey with ease in midweek.

The evergreen Joaquin has been key to Betis’ revival. The veteran winger has scored five goals in his last four league games, including a memorable hat-trick in the 3-2 win over Bilbao. His contribution has eased the pressure on Loren Moron who has been the main striker for the last couple of years and has already beaten his best tally already.

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Atletico Madrid Preview – Will Atletic make it two consecutive wins in La Liga for the first time since September?

This season was looked on as being a really exciting one for Atletico Madrid as Diego Simeone looked to change the shape of his squad and the style of play. There was a lot of praise for the transfer business done but it has not equated to results on the park. Atleti have struggled for any consistency and despite the form of Real and Barcelona being anything special, still find themselves seven points behind the joint leaders. That’s due to the lack of wins. Despite losing only two games they are currently in fifth with only seven wins. The number of draws have been a huge problem and are an indication that they still do not have the balance in attack. The sale of Antoine Griezmann is having more of an impact than some may have thought.

Atleti’s away form has been the most disappointing managing just two wins from eight games so far. Their only loss came at Real Sociedad and they come into this one on the back of five straight draws away from home in La Liga. Anything other than a win for them here and the prospect of going into 2020 further behind the big two and you feel their chance of the title is definitely gone.

Key-Facts – Real Betis vs Atletico Madrid

  • It’s been a positive month for Real Betis who have won three and drawn one to put them into mid-table and pull clear of any relegation worries
  • Atletico Madrid have struggled for consistency all season but are just seven points off top and remain in with a chance of challenging for the title
  • The last six meetings between these two had no more than two goals scored

Real Betis vs Atletico Madrid Betting Advice

This game probably has more importance for the visitors than it does the home team. Betis have gotten the improvement they needed in previous weeks and now have some breathing room. They can begin looking upwards and know that points against the top teams are often a bonus. It’s completely different for Atleti, however, who need to pick up wins more regularly. A title shot may well be beyond them but they will look at the form of the top two and think that there is an opportunity.
Betis can go three points behind Atleti if they win here which shows just how competitive La Liga is this season. One thing games between these two have in common is they are also very close. There have been a total of six goals. Betis are one of the more free-scoring teams in the division but they come up against the best defence in La Liga and the visitors are so good at stifling opponents. They need to be considering their disappointing attack and this looks set to be another low-scoring affair.