Atletico Madrid can't stop drawing and Dan Fitch expects them to avoid defeat again when they visit Sevilla, as he previews the weekend La Liga action.
Test for Sevilla and draw specialists Atletico
Sevilla2.42 v Atletico Madrid 3.40; The Draw 3.30 Saturday 2 November, 17:30 Live on Betfair Live Video
Fifth-placed Sevilla host an Atletico Madrid side in fourth on Saturday. The two teams are only separated by goal difference and are just a point behind the leaders Barcelona.
Sevilla are in good form since being thumped 4-0 by Barcelona back at the start of October (P4 W3 D1). On Wednesday they came close to winning at Valencia and putting themselves into an even better position, but conceded a late equaliser.
This will be a test of the progress being made by Sevilla under Julen Lopetegui. They have generally beat the teams you'd expect them to this season, but have been defeated when they have stepped up to face Real Madrid and Barcelona - neither of whom were in convincing form at the time.
Atletico are unbeaten in ten, yet can hardly said to be in convincing form themselves when they are drawing so often (W4 D6). Like Sevilla they too came close to winning away in midweek when they faced Deportivo Alaves, but conceded late on. It's a frustrating habit and it's best to play it safe and back Atletico to merely continue to extend their unbeaten run in the Double Chance market at 1.70.
Another clean sheet for Real Madrid
Real Madrid1.31 v Real Betis 10.50; The Draw 6.40 Saturday 2 November, 20:00 Live on Betfair Live Video
Real Madrid got back to winning ways on Wednesday as they put their recent defeat to Mallorca behind them and beat Leganes 5-0.
La Liga's bottom club did not put up much resistance and Real found themselves 2-0 up within eight minutes, after a quick-fire double from Rodrygo and Toni Kroos. Luka Jovic rounded off the scoring with his first goal for the club since his summer signing.
As unpredictable as La Liga is right now, you still can reliably expect Real Madrid to steamroller weak opposition and everything points to them doing something similar against Real Betis. Rubi's side beat Celta Vigo in midweek to move up to 16th, but have not won any of their five away games last season (D1 L4).
Betis failed to score in their 1-0 defeat at Granada last weekend and with Real Madrid having kept clean sheets in their last two games, backing them to win to nilagain at2.60looks a solid bet.
Real Sociedad are reliable scorers
Granada3.10 v Real Sociedad 2.52; The Draw 3.30 Sunday 3 November, 20:00 Live on Premier Sports 2
La Liga's surprise package Granada had the chance to return to the top of the league on Thursday, but fell short as they were defeated 3-1 at Getafe.
November brings some more potentially tricky fixtures for Granada, who remain third. This weekend's match with Real Sociedad is followed by a trip to Valencia and then a home match against Atletico Madrid. That sequence should reveal whether Granada have any chance of realistically competing for European football, or if a slide down the table is inevitable.
Real Sociedad in sixth, certainly look like the team with the greater potential, even if their own maddening inconsistency is letting them down. On one hand they are the only team to have beaten Atletico Madrid this season, but on the other they have slumped to defeat in two of their last three home games.
The most recent loss came on Wednesday when they were beaten 2-1 by Levante. Though unreliable in terms of results, one way in which they are predictable is their ability to score. Sociedad have found the net in all 11 of their games this season and Both Teams To Score is generously priced at 2.04.