There may be some offensive fireworks in La Liga Sunday when Real Betis vs Atletico happens. Betis currently rank second in La Liga in goals scored, while Atletico Madrid is tied for third. Likewise, both teams rank in the bottom half as far as conceding goals, opening the door for a potential shootout.
The only caveat might be Real Betis being held to just two goals in its last three matches across all competitions. It’s been a little bit of a slump for the Green and Whites that’s seen them lose once and draw twice in those matches. However, Real Betis did find a way to advance in both Europa League and Copa del Rey, so they achieved the desired results, despite a lack of goals.
Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid responded to a rare shutout with six goals in its last three matches. During that stretch, the Mattress Makers won twice and settled for a 1-1 draw in a Champions League match against Manchester United. That has them feeling good, especially after they were brilliant offensively in late January and most of February, too.
Surprisingly, the betting odds only have an over/under of 2½ goals for this match. Meanwhile, the odds for a winner are quite tight. Atletico Madrid is a slight favorite at +136, compared to Betis, which has a moneyline of +190 and a draw listed at +235.
One thing to keep in mind heading into this match is that Atletico Madrid has some injury problems at this juncture. Stefan Savic, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Daniel Wass and Koke are doubtful to play. The Mattress Makers are also likely to be without Matheus Cunha, who has the third-most goals on the squad.
On the bright side, Angel Correa and Luis Suarez, who have combined for 20 of Atletico’s 47 La Liga goals this season, should be good to go. Antoine Griezmann is also back from injury, although he’s yet to score in two matches. The good news is that youngster João Félix has scored twice in his last three matches.
Real Betis are just about fully healthy heading into Sunday’s clash. The Green and Whites also have four players who have contributed at least six goals during their La Liga campaign. That includes Juanmi, leading the team (12 goals in 21 matches) despite not scoring since January.
Fortunately, Betis have a great supporting cast that’s been contributing. Nabil Fekir has contributed six goals and a team-high seven assists this season. Willian Jose and Boris Iglesias have scored seven goals apiece.
The final piece of this equation is what this match means to the race for the top-4 spots. Real Betis currently sit third with 46 points, while Atletico Madrid is in fifth with 45 points. Getting three points from this match would be huge for both teams, which means both sides should be aggressive. It ends either way in a close match, so the over on 2½ goals might be the bet.