Betis vs Atletico Madrid by Sunshine
Betis is coming into this game after having won at home Espanyol by narrow 1:0 last weekend. The hosts took the early lead in eighteen minute by the goal from Paulao and have controlled the first half-time completely, but their performance fell during the second half-time and the visitors even had a few chances to get the equalizing goal, although they were playing with a man less since 65th minute.
With this victory the team have completed second consecutive win, third out of first four rounds and they find themselves at the sixth position at the table, with nine out of possible twelve points earned. Home side will be without central defender Paulao who suffered a sprained ankle in previous game, otherwise the line-up is not expected to be changed in comparison to Saturday's victory over Espanyol, with Javi Chica being the only long term absentee.
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Atletico Madrid is coming from a decent 2:1 victory over Valladolid on Saturdays night as they took the early lead in the first half-time ending it with 2:0, but later on one tragic mistake from their goalkeeper cost them of conceded goal for a final 2:1 victory.
With this victory, the team of Diego Simeone completed fifth victory in a row in all competitions (including 3:0 victory on the road in Europa League last week over Hapoel Tel Aviv and a 4:1 win over Chelsea in a Euro Super Cup game few weeks before). Moreover, their goal difference in those five games is 17:5, with their attack being obviously the best part of the team. Simeone will have all his players available for this game, including Falcao who had to leave the previous game before the full time whistle following a smaller knock.
Away from home Atletico is playing a little bit more careful trying not to allow many space to opponents attackers. However, they seem to be in a great form at this moment and should be rated a bit higher in this clash. Close game is expected here, but Betis offense can't be compared to Atletico's offensive players and their creativity and therefore it's hard to see team from Madrid losing this one.
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