La Liga Match Previews: Match Week 30 (Part 3)

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Updated: March 24, 2014
Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid vs. Granada

Match Date: 26 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Vicente Calderon

(Featured image: Atletico Madrid | Source: Zimbio)

 

Atletico Madrid sit atop the table by narrowly defeating Real Madrid on goal difference and Barcelona on points. Their position in the summit remains subject to a change especially that the two teams behind them are ferociously reinvigorating their respective bid back to the top. While this might seem a threat, it does not change the fact that Los Colchoneros are superbly in form. In fact, they have been unbeaten for five straight matches which include a 4-1 victory at Milan in the Champions League. Diego Simeone has the pressure all over him but with his side stronger than ever, he would be confident enough to topple the challenge.

 

Granada are rapidly recovering from their past tragedies with their three most fixtures ending generally successful: two clean sheets and a high-scoring draw. However, there is still the issue on inconsistency which will make it hard for Lucas Alcarazc to lead his men into positive results when they are faced with any of the league’s top ranks. The Nazaríes are excellent in protecting the lead but they need more strength in aerial duels and in finishing scoring chances.

 

Sports betting tip: Although Granada seem to be improving, they do not have the rigor to defeat Atletico Madrid just yet.

 

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Sevilla vs. Real Madrid

Match Date: 26 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan

 

Sevilla are now in a very good chance of obtaining berth in the Europa League after they trounced Osasuna 2-1 away from home. Jairo Samperio put the Sevillistas in the lead midway through the first half with an energetic strike, and Carlos Bacca sealed the winner from the penalty spot just before half-time. The incident turned sour and highly controversial which saw Osasuna coach Javi Gracia being sent away for incessantly protesting the decision. Javier Acuna delivered a consolatory goal for Los Rojillos late in the fixture.

 

Real Madrid suffered some sorts of management crisis after they lost all three points to Barcelona in a pulsating Clasico faceoff. Andres Iniesta opened the scoring for Barca just four minutes in, but Benzema’s double turned it around before Messi equalized in the 42nd minute. Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty reestablished the Madrid superiority but after Sergio Ramos brought down Neymar in the area, Madrid were reduced to 10 and two Messi penalties completed his hat-trick which eventually decided the winner. As a result, Los Colchoneros were knocked off the summit and are now down to the second.

 

Online betting tip: Real Madrid will rule a very narrow scoring against Sevilla.