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Arguably the pick of Saturday’s European action sees Atletico Madrid welcome Granada to the Calderon in what is a massive game for both clubs, and Bet365 customers can watch the drama for free.
The Liga rivals both have a huge desire to win this one, albeit for contrasting reasons. With the action starting at 5:30UK time, it’s the perfect way to get your Saturday night started in style.
With a little luck, we’ll win some money too.
Can Atletico Stay Top?
While the Clasico rivals have both stuttered in recent weeks, it has been business as usual for Diego Simeone’s men. The Rojiblancos top the table heading into this weekend’s schedule, and they’ll be fully expected to end it that way too.
As has become the norm, Atletico are playing with extreme efficiency. They may not provide the same level of entertainment as Barcelona or Real Madrid, but their defensive record is incredible. In fact, they’ve conceded just twice in their opening seven fixtures.
They certainly aren’t short of quality in the attacking third either, as is underlined by the fact Antoine Griezmann is currently the Liga’s top scorer with a return of six league strikes. With Saul, Koke, and co. expected to dominate the midfield battle, the home fans will accept nothing less than three points.
A potentially difficult trip to Russia awaits in the Champions League on Wednesday. For now, though, an easy home win over Granada will be the aim. It would take a brave man to bet against it.
Granada To Cause An Upset?
Granda’s early season fortunes could not be a greater contrast from Atletico’s, as the visitors sit rock bottom and are still searching their first win.
Furthermore, goals have been the away side’s strong point while their problems have largely stemmed from the back. Lucas Alvarez’s men have scored four in just three games on the road. Sadly, they’ve also shipped 10.
The Nazaries have also lost their last five trips to the Calderon, failing to score in the process. When added to their current fortunes, it all looks pretty bleak – especially as even a shock win wouldn’t lift them out of the drop zone.
On the other hand, the visitors have nothing to lose, which could make them a little more dangerous. Nonetheless, an away day victory looks unlikely to say the least.
Atletico Madrid v Granada Betting
Predictably, Atletico are heavy favourites for this encounter and are priced just 1/8 with Bet365 while Granada are available at 16/1. The draw can be backed at 9/1.
Atletico’s season stats, along with the head-to-head record, would suggest that a win and clean sheet is on the cards. However, with the odds being so short, we’ve looked for a different bet with better odds.
We do think that Atletico can score both halves. Given that we don’t think Granada will score – along with the fact that the hosts could still score more – we’re backing Simeone’s men to win both halves.
Some Champions League clubs will rotate their teams this weekend, but Atletico will be determined to maintain top spot in the Liga and should play a strong side. Griezmann simply has to be the most likely goalscorer on the pitch.
The Frenchman has already opened the scoring three times in the league.We’re backing him to do it once again against Granada.