An In-Depth Look at the Match
Four wins in their last five secured second place in La Liga for Atletico Madrid and although they failed to land a glove on runaway champions Barcelona, they will see that as a real success. Bettering the efforts of Real Madrid, securing their involvement in Champions League football next term and treating their fans to some memorable outings, it has to go down as a decent season all round for the home side. They will be desperate to sign-off with a win, sending the bulk of their support off into the summer in high spirits and that’s exactly how bookmakers see this one going. Here are our Atletico Madrid v Sevilla betting tips.
Despite their strong finish to the season, it is worth mentioning Atletico lost last time out when dropping a 3-0 result away to Espanyol, a score very few predicted. Was it a massive effort from the victors or did Madrid let their guard down knowing they had nothing to play for between now and the finish line? Espanyol did play out of their skins to get the win, but it looked like the beaten side had taken their eye off the ball and were rolling to a stop. Those who pack the home stands will demand better and the locals are 23/20 at William Hill. A great price.
An Outside Chance
Sevilla make this trip sitting just three points off the points tally of Getafe in fourth place, meaning they have an outside chance of gate-crashing the party and smashing their way into the Champions League. To get anywhere near that they will have to record a convincing win, while getting a few favours elsewhere, with both Getafe and Valencia losing by a decent margin. A chance, but an outside chance at that and we don’t see it happening.
If Sevilla do miss out on the riches of a top-four spot they will only have themselves to blame as they threw it away in the closing stages of the season. With a big push to the line needed, they lost three of their last four and that saw them slip down the pecking order. So near, yet so far will be the thinking in summer, but they do have a strong foundation on which to build next season from. Traders offer Sevilla at 23/10 (Bet365), the draw 13/5. Two good prices, but the value here looks to be in taking home comforts.