Atletico Madrid Continues to Impress

Since their big 0-0 home draw facing Barcelona a few weeks back Atletico Madrid has two wins and one draw. They are atop the La Liga table with a three point lead over Barca and Real Madrid. Barcelona is coming off a shocking home loss to Valencia and in their last four matches they only have one win.

Even though they are not in top form La Liga betting odds at Bet365 has Barcelona as the favorite to win the league at +125 followed by Atletico Madrid at +150 and Real Madrid at +333.

Atletico Madrid has a favorable schedule in February facing one team in the relegation zone and two that are on the cusp of it. They are HUGE Spanish League betting favorites road facing Almeria in their next match posted at -350 with Almeria at +900 and a draw line of +425.

While Atletico has an easy month the same cannot be said for Barcelona. OK, they do play one team in the relegation zone, but the other two matches come facing teams in the top seven in the league. They look to get over their big loss in their last match facing Sevilla on the road in their next one. La Liga odds has Barca at -225 with Sevilla at +650 and a draw line of +320.

Real Madrid is also only three points behind Atletico Madrid, but can they stay there or catch them without their superstar? Well, they may have to this month with Cristiano Ronaldo facing a three-match ban. He was sent off in Real’s last match, which was a 1-1 draw facing fourth place side Athletic Bilbao.

Real is at home in their next match, but will likely be without Ronaldo and they face fifth place side Villarreal, who had their three match winning streak snapped in their last match. Even without the possibility of Ronaldo on the pitch odds makers have them as big betting favorites.

Villarreal and Real Sociedad may be the only squads that have a chance to catch Athletic Bilbao for fourth place and a Champions League bid next season. However, gaming ground on them this month will be tough. Bilbao does not face one club this month in the top nine in the league table while Villarreal has to face Real Madrid and Real Sociedad faces Barcelona.