La Liga & Serie A action – Real Betis v Atletico Madrid & Napoli v Lazio
Goals expected in Spain; massive price for the away team well worth a bet
Atletico Madrid have made a flying start to the season and are unbeaten in six games, five of which they have won.
This makes the 13/10 on offer for them to rack up win number six at Real Betis a very attractive price, especially when you consider Los Colchoneros’ recent record in the green and white half of Seville.
They’re unbeaten in four visits to the Manuel Ruiz de Lopera, winning three on the bounce prior to last season’s 2-2 draw.
Betis have recorded successive 1-0 wins since their home defeat to Rayo Vallecano and can be backed at a generous 10/1 to do the same again here. Ladbrokes also have them priced at 21/10 to record their fourth win of the season.
Atletico have developed a habit of producing high-scoring contests this term and, if this tendency comes to the forefront here, Betis can forget about picking up this particular hat-trick.
The attacking prowess of Diego Simeone’s men means the 5/6 available for there to be over 2.5 goals scored in this one, therefore, is something punters should acknowledge – five of their six games have crossed this line.
In Serie A, Napoli prepare to host Lazio in the pick of the midweek games.
Walter Mazzari’s Italian Cup winners are unbeaten so far this season, but Lazio will represent their sternest test to date.
The Rome-based club had won every one of their games until they drew 0-0 at Spurs in the Europa League, which preceded a 1-0 reverse at home to Genoa. This has perhaps contributed to the huge 3/1 which you can back Lazio for.
The Biancocelesti have lost just once in eight visits to the San Paolo so will not fear Napoli and their strong home-record.
The odds-on price of 19/20 for a home win here is worth avoiding as, for all their quality, Lazio have the ability to cause them problems in the final third.
Both Hernanes and Miroslav Klose have netted three goals apiece in Serie A this season and 9/1 says the Brazilian midfielder will break the deadlock here. This is a tempting price given that, in the two games in which he’s netted to date, he’s been the first on target.
Veteran German, Klose, has also bagged the opener once and can be backed at 5/1 to do the same again here.
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