Once the midweek games have been played, the Spanish league will have 9 rounds of play before we reach the end of the season. Those games are going to come thick and fast, and it will only be the strongest teams that survive. The reality of this season in La Liga is that it is down to a 2-horse race between Barcelona and Real Madrid, which so often seems to be the case. Know that those teams are going to land in the top two means that there are only 2 more Champions League spots up for grabs. With all that said, let’s jump right into action and have a look at how these teams arrive to this affair so you can make your bets against their LaLiga odds.
Valladolid Vs Atletico Madrid Game Info
Things might well change over the next month or so, but it looks as though that race will be battled out between 5 different teams, all vying for those coveted UCL places. Atletico Madrid are clinging to the 4th and final spot right now, and they will look to maintain that position when they host Real Valladolid on Saturday afternoon. Games between these two teams tend to be tight, but the bookies have Madrid favored by 1 ½. The goal total for this one is set at 2 ¼.
Why bet on Atletico Madrid
In recent years, Atletico Madrid have seen some real success, yet they are not a team that fans are clamoring to watch. That is mostly because they tend to play a defensive style of football that is not particularly exciting, but which yields positive results. It has been another solid year for Atletico, who sit in 4th at LaLiga standings with a record of 12-13-4, which gives them 49 points on the season. As you can see, they have had more draws than anything else, which tends to be a result of the tight style of football that they play. They have managed just 37 goals this season, but they have also surrendered just 22. They have been almost impossible to break down at home this season, losing just once on their way to an 8-5-1 record, scoring 20 and surrendering 9.
Why bet on Real Valladolid
Real Valladolid come into this one sitting down in 14th in La Liga. They are basically in a dead zone, too far out of the European spots and a comfortable 8 points clear of the relegation zone. Valladolid are a lot like Atletico in that they do not score a ton of goals, managing just 25 on the season, but for a team as far down the table as they are, they also do not give up a lot, surrendering 34. When they played Atletico at home earlier in the year, we saw that game end in a rather predictable 0-0 draw. On the road this season, Valladolid have not been that bad, going 4-4-7, but managing only 11 goals whole surrendering 21.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
If you are looking for a game with a ton of scoring chances and goalmouth excitement, this may not be the one for you. I do think it presents a decent betting opportunity, though, as I think we are looking at the UNDER for this one.
Pick: Atletico Madrid 1 Real Valladolid 0