La Liga Match Previews: Match Week 29 (Part 4)

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Updated: March 18, 2014
Betis

Real Betis vs. Atletico Madrid

Match Date: 23 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estadio Manuel Ruiz de Lopera

(Featured image: Betis | Source: skysports.com)

 

This battle does seem highly predictable. A title chaser pitted against table foot occupants appears to be a very one-sided affair. Atletico Madrid and Real Betis are 19 spots or 48 points apart, suggesting tremendous disparities between the sides.

 

While the apparent statistics and inferences do exude dramatic differences between the clubs, spectators should keep their expectations at bay. The best determining factor for this would be the teams’ past four matches where both Atletico Madrid and Real Betis have been rendered unbeaten. If that is increased to five fixtures, the hosts would even seem to be the better side as the guests made a serious mistake in their fifth most recent battle. To put that in a nutshell, Betis could pull off some surprises in spite of their obvious underdog stance.

 

Football betting tip: Atletico were surprisingly defeated by struggling Osasuna weeks ago, which means that they must learn to not underestimate relegation candidates. Betis’ improving form would be a good warning for Atletico, although by the end of the fixture, the visitors would still inevitably emerge as winners.

 

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Valencia vs. Villarreal

Match Date: 23 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estadio Mestalla

 

Valencia’s inconsistency is menacing rather fast. They have already extended a winless streak to three weeks after incurring a three-point deficit from Real Sociedad at Anoeta. This counts as their third defeat this year (or 12th for the entire season) although the number is not yet that fatal to pull them down into the drop zone. Juan Antonio Pizzi still got some more time to address his men’s problem on the defense and aerial duels but should do it a little faster in order for them to climb into the top seven (for a berth in the Europa League) and not just secure secure safety.

 

Villarreal were annoyingly frustrated to seize all possible points when Athletic Bilbao held them in a draw. It was a sweet start for Marcelino García Toral’s men to take the early second-half lead via Pina which was the first goal to be delivered following a goalless first-period deadlock. However, Bilbao’s Aritz Aduriz rallied late into the remaining eight minutes and fired a crucial equalizer that forced El Submarino Amarillo to drop two points. In effect, the side only picked up one point and added another winless result to their worsening form.

 

Sports betting tip: A draw is this match’s most likely product.