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Atletico Madrid has leapfrogged Sevilla in the race for the Spanish Primera Division bronze medal but the Mattressers have been disappointing versus the league’s top teams and one fancies that they will taste defeat at Real Madrid in Saturday’s big match between the capital’s biggest sides.
The Spanish Primera Division title is Real Madrid’s to lose because it leads Barcelona by two points having played one fewer game and it is yet to host Barca. Atletico Madrid is not in the Spanish Primera Division championship equation and it does not deserve to be. Atletico is 1-2-4 in its seven Spanish Primera Division matches against Real, Barcelona, Sevilla, Villarreal and Athletic so the Mattressers have been poor versus the heavyweights.
Atletico Madrid does boast a fair record against Real Madrid but Cristiano Ronaldo helped himself to a hat-trick when the Meringues won November’s reverse Spanish Primera Division fixture 3-0. According to one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form analysis, Real’s advantage over Atletico is only 10-1-8 but what would be concerning for Mattressers manager Diego Simeone is that his players have not fared anything like as well in major tests as their Meringues counterparts. There is a lot of dead wood in the Spanish Primera Division so one is not impressed that Atletico has beaten the likes of Malaga, Gijon and Osasuna more heavily than Real managed. The bottom line is that Real had outdone Atletico in the Spanish Primera Division versus the likes of Barcelona, Villarreal and Athletic, plus the Meringues won by three clear goals at the Vicente Calderon cauldron.
Real Madrid is sure to be a popular Spanish Primera Division punt at odds of 41/50 1.82 -122 0.82 -1.22 0.82 with Marathonbet and one is keen to put up the Meringues as one’s headline picks for the round.
All of one’s Spanish Primera Division selections for what is the 31st round of championship games compete on Saturday, with the other couple being Espanyol and Sevilla against Alaves and Deportivo respectively. Espanyol is trading at odds of 5/4 2.25 +125 1.25 1.25 -0.80 with Betfair and BetVictor, while Sevilla is available at odds of 11/20 1.55 -182 0.55 -1.82 0.55 with 188Bet.
According to one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form analysis, Espanyol holds a 10-2-7 edge over Alaves so one cannot understand why the Budgerigars, which have three more points than the Babazoroos, are priced up at odds that one would associate with a slightly inferior team blessed with home advantage over a more gifted opponent. That Alaves is coming off an appalling 0-1 Spanish Primera Division home loss to cellar dweller Osasuna is another reason why one thinks that Espanyol will win at a nice price. Espanyol defeated Alaves 1-0 in November’s reverse Spanish Primera Division fixture and the Budgerigars have won each of the last three meetings staged across various tournaments.
Sevilla is in a slump, of that there is no doubt, but the White and Reds should get back to winning ways with the visit of a Deportivo side that it beat 3-2 on the road.
According to one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form analysis, Sevilla boasts a 13-2-4 lead over Deportivo and one does not believe that the White and Reds have become a bad outfit overnight. Sevilla is 10-3-1 in its 15 Spanish Primera Division home matches, whereas Deportivo is 1-5-9 in its 15 Spanish Primera Division away games so the case for backing the White and Reds is relatively simple to make.
Real Madrid to beat Atletico Madrid
Saturday 8th April, 15:15 BST
Odds: 41/50 1.82 -122 0.82 -1.22 0.82
Espanyol to beat Alaves
Saturday 8th April, 12:00 BST
Odds: 5/4 2.25 +125 1.25 1.25 -0.80
Sevilla to beat Deportivo
Saturday 8th April, 17:30 BST
Odds: 11/20 1.55 -182 0.55 -1.82 0.55
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