Madrid breaking new ground
Atletico Madrid are on the verge of accomplishing something special this season – close to clinching the La Liga title and through to the Champions League final, Los Rojiblancos have formally usurped the Barcelona-Real Madrid duopoly in Spain. A fabulous development in Spanish football indeed and a fact that is now widely acknowledge across sportsbooks with fancied -350 futures odds on Atleti to be crowned La Liga champions by season end.
This was not the case. For a long time, despite leading the table for great stretches, Atleti’s bid for the title was undermined by disingenuous odds that indicated they were the quintessential long shots in the title race. Odds makers weren’t comfortable breaking away from the established order. Deviating from the duopoly imposed on La Liga by the bigger, richer clubs of Barcelona and Real Madrid just wasn’t the done thing. In their minds – soccer enthusiasts the world over thought as much too – it couldn’t last. Atleti’s lead surely would be challenged by either Spanish giant eventually.
Of course, the title isn’t decided yet. On the contrary, Barcelona are just four points behind Atleti with three games left on the season. Real Madrid meanwhile are six points behind and with a game in hand. There is all to play for still. The duopoly may yet reign over La Liga. But when Atleti’s bid is finally getting the credit it deserves, it marks a break in established norms and that is worth noting.
Atletico Madrid are flush off an impressive win over Chelsea in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final tie. A game that began poised delicately on a scoreless draw, briefly tipped towards Chelsea when Fernando Torres put the Blues up 1-0 early in the first half. But then Diego Simeone’s men responded, quickly and ruthlessly, running away with tie 3-1 to advance into the Champions League final.
The victory extends Atleti’s undefeated form to 15 games across all competitions, comprised of 12 wins and three draws. It also extends their undefeated form on the road to seven games 6-1-0. Clearly, form is excellent ahead of week 35 La Liga betting.
As Atletico Madrid look ahead to domestic action where they are slated to take on Levante, a mid-table side sporting rather poor form of late, they are installed as the -400 soccer-betting favourites to win outright on the road. The hosts are meanwhile tipped at rather large +1100 soccer odds to win outright and the draw is tipped at +450. The market says all you need to know about this matchup: it’s a lopsided affair.
Soccer Betting Verdict: By all accounts, this is a road banker. Atleti are within reach of the La Liga title and they have the momentum ahead of this clash. Nobody is going to stop them, so they believe. Certainly not a hapless Levante that is without a win in their last four overall games and their last four home games as well.
Betting on Atleti to win outright at -400 is going to be a profitable venture; by that we mean it’s not the real soccer pick. Those can be found in periphery markets such as the Over 2.5 at +100 on the totals and Atletico to win both halves at -163 that promise more bang for your buck.
Soccer Free Picks: Atleti to win outright at -400
Additional Recommended Picks:Over 2.5 at +100
Atleti to win both halves at -163