Soccer Picks: Atletico Madrid vs. Rayo Vallecano Odds Preview

Nila Amerova

Friday, August 23, 2013 7:42 PM GMT

A veritable buffet of Spanish Primera Liga betting is available on the weekend’s soccer menu so without too much fuss here is a breakdown of Atletico Madrid vs. Rayo Vallecano.

This match kicks off on Sunday, August 24th at the Estadio Vicente Calderón in the nation’s capital. Who should we back in this game with our sports picks?

Atletico Madrid runaway favourites

Atletico Madrid are the runaway favourites to win their second match on the new season against Rayo Vallecano. At -350 at Bet365, Los Rojiblancos have the market decidedly cornered in their camp.

Atletico Madrid opened the season with a convincing 3-1 win over Sevilla and then followed up with a scintillating performance against Barcelona in Super Cup action, despite the first leg finishing on a 1-1 draw.

David Villa made an immediate impact for his new team when he scored the opening goal to give Atletico the 1-0 lead going into halftime. Though Barcelona countered with an equalizer in the second half courtesy of wonder kid Neymar, they were at times outplayed by Atletico Madrid. In fact, Atletico Madrid exposed some of the issues that plague Barcelona on defense and revealed how vulnerable they are on the counterattack. Overall, Barca were lucky to have carved out the draw and Atletico Madrid rather unlucky not to have taken what would have been a well-deserved victory.

Nonetheless, there are plenty of positives for Atletico Madrid on the new season and, hence, it’s really not surprising that they go into their second game in La Liga as the hot favourites. This favouritism continues through various other markets – for example, bookies are leaning towards a 2-0 win with the shortest odds at +550. A 1-0 win is trading at +650 while a 3-0 win is on offers at +700 and a 2-1 win is going for +750. As well, Atletico Madrid to win both halves is the favoured outcome at -138.

The odds are stacked against Rayo Vallecano

It’s not just that Atletico Madrid is a heavy favourite across the board and in every aspect of the game’s betting markets but also, on the flipside, the soccer odds are stacked heavily against Rayo Vallecano.

The visitors head into this game as the hefty underdogs at +900 to win outright and even the draw is an unreachable outcome, according to bookies, at +425 at Bet365. That said, a 1-1 draw is tipped at +900. It’s actually the only score with a Rayo Vallecano stake in it that is tipped in the three-digit range. All other outcomes are priced above +1000 – such as a 0-0 draw that is priced at +1400 and a 1-0 win by Rayo at +2500. All other scores verge on the outrageous with 2-1 score going for +2800 and a 3-0 score to Rayo going for a hallucinatory +15000.

Now Rayo Vallecano did begin the season with a 3-0 victory over Elche CF but seeing that Elche recently returned to top-flight action following a 24-year hiatus there is little to take away from that result. It wasn’t that Rayo were that great but rather Elche were that poor.

Soccer Betting Verdict

 This matchup has to be one of the most straightforward of the weekend’s soccer betting card. Atletico Madrid is hands down the smart pick to win outright. The only question that needs to be answered: how convincingly will they do it? We’re plumping down for a complete and utter routing at the Calderón and a clean sheet for Atletico.

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