Preview - Atlético Madrid vs Real Betis 07 October 18

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Match Day 8
Atlético Madrid vs Real Betis
Sunday, October 7th, 2018
23:15pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano

Atlético Madrid:   
Last five matches form: L D W W D
Average goals per match: 1.14
Average goals against per match: 0.57
Top Scorer: Antoine Griezmann & Thomas Lemar (2)

Real Betis:
Last five matches form: W D D W W
Average goals per match: 0.71
Average goals against per match: 0.71
Top Scorer: Loren Móron (2)

One of the big games in La Liga this weekend comes at the Wanda Metropolitano as fifth placed Atlético Madrid play host to sixth placed Real Betis.

This game finished in a goalless draw last season with Atlético coming out on top in the reverse fixture when winning 1-0 in Betis.

Atlético have been their usual solid selves of late in winning four of their last five, with the only blip - if you can call it that - coming when returning from the Bernabeu with a goalless draw.

Solid is also a word which can be applied to this Real Betis side. The Green And Whites have now lost just one of their last 17 in all competitions and have impressively kept seven clean sheets in their past eight games. Remarkable defensive statistics from Benito Villamarín's men.

Vitolo, Stefan Savic and José Giménez all miss out for Atletico, with a late decision also set to be made regarding Diego Costa. Real Betis have the luxury of a fully fit squad from which to select.

Atlético are at home and probably do boast the better side on paper. They aren't however a side who are particularly well set up to unpick a defence as stubborn as that of Betis - generally relying on counter attacks to get their goals. Betis would most likely happily take a draw from this one and they may well get it.

Prediction: Atlético Madrid 0 - 0 Real Betis


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  13 - 5
Shots on target: 7 - 0
Corner Kicks: 6 - 4
Possession: 38% - 62%

Juanfran, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis, Saul Niguez and Lucas Hernandez were all booked for the home side with referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco also taking the names of Junior Firpo, Marc Bartra and Loren Moron of Real Betis.

A predictably tight encounter at the Wanda Metropolitano between two of the best defensive sides in the league. There was never likely to be much in this and for all that Betis comfortably dominated possession, they weren't able to fashion a single shot on target, and on chances created the home side did deserve to pick up the three points in this one.

It was Betis who created the first real chance of note when Loren Moron was sent scampering through on goal. Unable to outpace the defenders, he nevertheless only had the keeper to beat from the edge of the area but pulled his effort well wide.

Nikola Kalinic went close for Atletico in the second half; turning well just outside the area and firing in an effort which came off the left hand upright.

Kalinic then possibly should have done better when found in the box by Griezmann but saw his effort saved.

The winner came in the 74th minute. Angel Correa advancing towards the edge of the Betis box and producing an accurately placed finish right into the bottom left hand corner just beyond the reach of keeper Pau Lopez.

1-0 final score.

Atletico Madrid move up to third, only one point adrift of surprise early leaders Sevilla. Real Betis drop to eighth position and are going to need to find some goals from somewhere if they are to challenge the European positions.

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