La Liga Soccer Picks: Atletico Madrid vs. Getafe

Nila Amerova

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 8:32 PM GMT

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 8:32 PM GMT

Atletico Madrid and Getafe collide in week 14 both desperate to return to winning form. Join us as we breakdown this matchup and deliver our free soccer picks.

Mind the gap Atletico Madrid!

Atletico Madrid succumbed to a 1:1 draw to a resilient Villarreal in week 13, a result that widened the gap between them and league leaders Barcelona to three points. Now Atletico Madrid is faced with the task of recovering lost ground against Getafe, a side that is sat in sixth place and certainly will be no pushovers.

Mindful of the growing competition in La Liga and the pressure that comes not only from city rivals Real Madrid – in third place, three points adrift – but also the pressure of expectations, Atletico Madrid can’t afford to be complacent. Or take anything for granted for that matter, even if sportsbooks install them as the firm -450 favourites to win outright. Villarreal successfully stifled Atletico Madrid’s offensive juggernaut, which has been responsible for 31 goals in 13 matches. In fact, had it not been for an own goal, Atletico Madrid would have emerged entirely pointless.

Luck is part of the game but it’s not something that they can rely on each and every time they have a bad day in the office. It’s down to them to turn that luck escape against Villarreal into something meaningful such as a win over Getafe.

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Increasing competition

Getafe shared in the spoils with middleweights Elche in week 13 only to see a top-five berth move to three-points away. It was a costly draw, made all the more so by the date looming with Atletico Madrid where their chances of bouncing back on a win or even a draw are expected to be rather grim. Bet365 is offering a win at a pricey +1200 while setting the draw at +475 soccer odds.  

Getafe have Real Sociedad, Granada, Valencia and Levante crowding their style right now – a quartet that is just three points adrift and looking towards ascending this weekend, which if goes to plan could see Getafe start to slip down the table –a slide they might be helpless to prevent and could see them into the bottom half before the New Year as they’ve received no favours from the schedule.  Upcoming dates with Levante, Malaga and Barcelona before the New Year present three crucial matches where they’ll be challenged to take maximum points.

Soccer Betting Verdict

While both Atletico Madrid and Getafe will be eager to reverse recent fortunes and get back on the winning track something is going to give. More likely than not it’ll be Getafe that falters on the road. Atletico Madrid have been divinely untouchable all season long at home with a 6-0-0 record, so it’s really going to be a tough ask for Getafe. Thus, Atletico Madrid to win outright at -450 soccer odds does seem to be the smart soccer pick.

Having been frustrated offensively by Villarreal on their last lap as well should motivate Atletico Madrid to be more opportunistic in this game and as such we’d recommend an added play for your La Liga bets this week with the Over 2.5 at -154 – a soccer pick made more likely by Getafe’s shaky defence.

Now, Getafe have a penchant of starting games strong but also have struggled to close out matches strong, something that makes the draw-Atletico Madrid double result play an interesting option at +250 soccer odds. Something to consider as bonus soccer pick perhaps.

Soccer Picks: Atletico Madrid to win outright at -450 and Over 2.5 at -154

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