La Liga Soccer Picks: Atletico Madrid +163 Keen to Take Maximum Points in Sevilla

Nikki Adams

Sunday, August 30, 2015 1:41 PM GMT

Sevilla & Atletico Madrid are set to collide in week 2 Primera Division. Find out where the value soccer picks are to be had as we breakdown this matchup in conjunction with current, last-minute odds.

Sevilla Have High Hopes
Sevilla are coming off a standout 2014-2015 season in which they finished in fifth-place in La Liga with a 23-7-8 mark and 76 points. Arguably, their biggest achievement was winning the Europa League title; somewhat against the soccer odds as they certainly weren’t the top favorites to win it outright in early Europa League futures betting markets. 

On the heels of these benchmarks, Sevilla look to improve in the 2015-2016 season both domestically and on the European front. They are listed amongst the contenders that could give Barcelona and Real Madrid a run for their money at the top of the table, as well they are gearing up for a stint in Champions League action this season.

 

Sevilla At Disadvantage
Going into week 2 Primera Division, Sevilla are sat in 11th place after opening their domestic bid with a scoreless draw to Malaga on the road. Opening on a draw may not be the best start but it could have been worse, a pointless inter-provincial road trip. Small blessings then.

Sevilla’s first competitive match this season came against Barcelona in European Super Cup action, a couple of weeks before La Liga got underway. It was a riveting game with end-to-end action that delivered an incredible 9 goal-combined feast. Indeed, it may well be one of the best matches of the season and we’re barely yet fully off the ground.

Although Sevilla fell on the wrong side of the 5-4 score line, they deserve a lot of credit for making a match of it after Barcelona pulled ahead 4-1. The Yellow Submarines rallied back with three goals in succession in the second half to tie the game and send it into extra time. When Pedro scored the fifth goal and eventual game winner for Barcelona, Sevilla threatened to equalise yet again only to misfire on each scoring opportunity before time simply ran out for them.

 

Atletico Madrid Marginal Faves On Road
The ‘other’ Madrilenos are off to a solid start in Spanish top flight with a win at home to promoted side Las Palmas, a 1-0 win at the Calderon that went according to market expectations. While Sevilla in week 2 should be a slightly tougher prospect for Simeone Diego and his lads to crack on the road, it hasn’t stopped odds makers from rolling out somewhat favorable soccer odds for Atletico Madrid to win.

Atletico Madrid are the marginal favorites when they descend on Sevilla at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, trading at +180 soccer odds at Bet365, a market stance underscored by a solid preseason in which they went undefeated, including six wins in eight games.

Winning their season opener over a lightweight that slated to struggle in La Liga such as Las Palmas are is par for the course. It may surprise some soccer bettors to learn that beating Sevilla may also be par for the course. Atletico Madrid are unbeaten in nine league engagements with Sevilla since 2010 (both home and away), including two wins and two draws in the Andalusian capital.

 

Soccer Betting Verdict
Barcelona are after a narrow 1-0 win over Malaga and in second-place after Saturday’s round of soccer betting concluded. Real Madrid, meanwhile, bounced back in week 2 with a 5-0 drumming over Real Betis. It may only be week 2 in La Liga, but you can bet Diego Simeone is conscious of these results. And in a league where points come at a high premium, it wouldn’t do to fall away from the chasing pack too early. Atletico Madrid will be keen to take maximum points in Sevilla tonight, and with the way the Yellow Submarines struggled against inter-province rivals last weekend, they have room for optimism. Take Atletico Madrid to win outright at +163 soccer odds.

Soccer Picks: Atletico Madrid +163 at Bet365

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