Soccer Picks Atletico Madrid vs. Sevilla

Steven Suarez

Friday, January 17, 2014 3:49 PM UTC

Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 3:49 PM UTC

The Mattress Makers remain one of La Liga's elite and they'll look to hold serve at home against a solid Sevilla outfit. We know who'll be favored, but will Atletico follow through and get the three points?

Odds Overview

Still undefeated in league play inside Vicente Calderon, the Mattress Makers are appropriately favored in the soccer odds at the -275 to -300 range for Sunday's battle.

Sevilla can be locked in at a price of +925, while a draw's at +425. As you can see, the Red and Whites need an excellent performance all around the pitch to have any chance of even getting a point this weekend.

Atletico Madrid

Let it be known that the Mattress Makers haven't lost a match in any competition since October 19th. That's an insane run that's spanned 18 fixtures, with Atletico winning 14 of those.

Included in there are victories over FC Porto, Athletic Bilbao and two comfortable wins over Valencia.

The latest came during the week in Atletico's excellent showing against the Goats, a Copa del Rey match in which they won 2-0. Diego Godin and Raul Garcia scored the goals which would see the Mattress Makers advance 3-1 on aggregate.

It was just the latest installment of Atletico's dominance at home throughout the 2013/14 campaign. They have 16 wins, two draws and only one loss to their name in 19 La Liga fixtures, while scoring an amazing 47 goals and allowing 11.

Diego Costa continues to light up Spain's top-tier league, as he's second on the top goalscorer list with 19 goals. Only Cristiano Ronaldo (20) had more.


The Red and Whites are hanging in there in seventh place in La Liga, with their recent three-match unbeaten run helping them gain some traction.

In that streak they've topped Villarreal (2-1 away), Getafe (3-0 at home) to go with a 1-1 tie at Elche last weekend. Daniel Carrico scored a late goal to get the crucial point for the visiting team.

There have been a lot of ups and downs for Sevilla when playing away from home this term. They have however been much better in that regard recently, having gone unbeaten in their last four matches outside of Sevilla.

Who are the key players for the Red and Whites and therefore may be attractive soccer betting options when it comes to picking goalscoring propositions? It has to be the tandem of Carlos Bacca and Ivan Rakitic, who have combined for 17 league goals this season.

Bacca is a Colombian forward that's scored nine goals with five assists in La Liga action. He's added four goals in five Europa League matches. As for Rakitic, he's a Croatian midfield maestro who has eight goals and six assists to his name in domestic play.

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La Liga Pick

Back in August, Atletico won 3-1 at Sevilla, thanks to a brace from Diego Costa and an insurance goal from Cristian Rodriguez. Diego Perotti scored the lone goal for the losing side.

Ultimately, we find it hard to believe the Mattress Makers won't make it a clean sweep with another win on Sunday.

That home form is too good to ignore, and with lethal goalscorers in Costa and David Villa and playmakers such as Raul Garcia, Koke and Gabi, Atletico brings relentless attacking pressure for the entire 90 minutes. It's going to be mighty tough for Sevilla, who's shipped 30 league goals (20 in 10 away matches) this season, to hold their discipline throughout. Let's add Atletico to our soccer picks for the upcoming weekend.

Pick: Atletico Madrid 2 Sevilla 0

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