Real Betis vs Atletico Madrid: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 8:12 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019 8:12 PM UTC

Real Betis are in fine form right now...
<div><div><div><div id=":t2"><div id=":t1"><div dir="ltr"><h2>Real Betis vs Atletico Madrid</h2><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Sunday, December 22, at Benito Villamarin</strong></a></p><p>Real Betis will bid to extend their four-game unbeaten streak when they host Atletico Madrid on Sunday. Rubi’s side picked up consecutive victories over Valencia, Mallorca and Athletic Bilbao before their 2-2 draw away at Espanyol on Sunday, so they should be full of confidence ahead of this game. Atletico Madrid have now kept three clean sheets on the bounce, and they welcomed key defender Jose Gimenez back from injury at the weekend. He made them look a lot more solid at the back and inspired a 2-0 win over Osasuna. However, they will struggle to keep a clean sheet at Benito Villamarin, as Real Betis are attacking with great pace, dynamism and unpredictability at the moment.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>French winger Nabil Fekir returned from injury to start in Real Betis’ 2-2 draw at Espanyol on Sunday. The veteran Joaquin started on the other flank, with Borja Iglesias up front. Marc Bartra has been anchoring the midfield in the absence of injured Portuguese international William Carvalho. Centre-back Sidnei has been sidelined, and Real Betis have a very poor defensive record this season. Winger Juanmi is also injured, but Christian Tello provides a good option off the bench.</p><p><a href=";a=9feaaf7a-d7a2-4185-974a-81ad171951df&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>Mario Hermoso dropped to the bench to make way for the returning Gimenez as Atletico took on Osasuna at the weekend. Stefan Savic is still out, leaving Felipe and Hermoso to vie for a place alongside Gimenez, and Felipe is seemingly higher up the pecking order. Left-back Renan Lodi was also missing at the weekend, but he should have recovered from a bruised ankle in time for this clash. Diego Costa is a long-term absentee, but Diego Simeone has no other injury concerns, so Alvaro Morata should partner Joao Felix up front for this game, with Koke, Saul Niguez, Thomas Partey and Thomas Lemar in midfield.</p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>Both teams to score has paid off in all nine of Real Betis’ home games so far this season. Atletico Madrid have the strongest defence in Spain, but Real Betis have only failed to score in three of 17 games this season. Gimenez may be back in business, but Atletico do not look as solid at the back since losing fellow Uruguayan Diego Godin in the summer, so they may struggle to resist Fekir and co for 90 minutes. Yet the likes of Lemar, Niguez, Felix and Morata should have a field day against Betis’ leaky defence.</p><p><strong>Tip: <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Bet365">Both teams to score at 1.95 (19/20) with Bet365</a></strong></p></div></div></div></div></div></div>
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