Continental soccer betting serves up a right cracker between Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad, marking La Liga week 22 betting. Join us as we breakdown this matchup complete with soccer free picks for your consideration.
Atletico Madrid continue to apply pressure
Atletico Madrid stubbornly refuse to relent in the La Liga race, maintaining their place sandwiched inbetween the top two favourites Barcelona and Real Madrid. Atleti are second but level on points with Barcelona and a point ahead of Real Madrid. Speaking of stubborn, sportsbooks continue to disregard them as credible champions this season, listing them at massive +750 soccer odds to pull off the feat, which is a considerably higher price tag to the aforementioned tandem listed at -125 and +150, respectively.
Atletico Madrid are flush off a 4-2 victory over Rayo Vallecano, marking a return to winning form after dropping the previous two games on draws – 1-1 to Sevilla and 0-0 to Barcelona. Overall, they are 17-3-1 on the season with 54 points through 21 laps, which includes a 9-2-0 mark at home and an equally impressive 8-1-1 mark on the road. Most impressive, Atleti have scored 52 goals and conceded just 14.
Predictably, Atleti are the overwhelming favourites at -333 to win outright when they host Real Sociedad, a credible side that can’t be underestimated but, by all accounts, expected to find itself out of depth in Madrid.
Real Sociedad long shots of the week
Real Sociedad are after an impressive 4-0 victory over a hapless Elche in week 21 La Liga betting, extending their run of form to two games undefeated.
Sixth in La Liga with a 10-6-5 mark, Real Sociedad is enjoying a good season by most standards. In a league where a huge drop off between the top two (or three clubs as is the case this season) and the rest of the field exists, they are found wanting in many aspects. Proof positive their soccer odds to mastermind the upset in the nation’s capital that ring in at +900 across sportsbooks. Only Valencia at +1800 are deemed bigger underdogs in the week with a date at Barcelona. What’s more, even the draw offers no reprieve at +400 soccer odds.
Going against Real Sociedad is not only the quality of the opposition but also their road form in the league this season which is a modest 3-4-4 to date, a significant departure from their home form that stands at 7-2-1.
Atletico Madrid vs. Real Sociedad betting tips and picks
Everything about this matchup points to a home banker: Atleti are undefeated in 21 games across all competitions and undefeated in their last 19 games at home. That is an incredible run of form, hard to argue against and so, Atleti to win outright at -333 has to be the recommended soccer pick.
This doesn’t mean that Real Sociedad will be pushovers. But when they’ll have all to do to score a goal, drawing or winning this game becomes an unlikely probability. Keep in mind, Atleti’s defence at home is nigh solid with just seven goals conceded in 11 games.
Nonetheless, the Over 2.5 at -163 on team totals and both teams to score appear to be the correct additional soccer picks to consider here because despite the obvious mismatch on paper, Real Sociedad do have the firepower to be able to trouble Atleti’s backline and perhaps even get one by them.
Free Soccer Picks: Atleti to win outright at -333; Over 2.5 at -163