Atlético Madrid versus Eibar match-up Betting Preview

January 3, 2017 Football Soccer

Atlético Madrid versus Eibar Odds PreviewThese are the sportsbook betting lines for the Atlético Madrid versus Eibar match-up on Saturday, January 7th for people who like sports betting games:

Atlético Madrid -½ (-149) 2½ (+116) -149 

Eibar +½ (+129) 2½ (-136) +477 

Atlético Madrid/Eibar Draw +272

 

The referee will have to call this one right down the middle – literally. Both Atlético and Eibar spend almost half the regulation time in the middle third of the soccer pitch. Both also like to control the game in the opposing team’s half, so it will come down to whoever makes the most of their chances while there. Atlético’s strong suits include creating scoring chances and protecting the lead, while Eibar has difficulty finishing their scoring chances and securing a lead on the scoreboard. The difference between the winner and the loser on Saturday could also come down to a single player. Whereas Atlético is keen on creating chances through individual skill, Eibar has trouble avoiding individual mistakes. Eibar might attempt to do some damage via direct free kicks, but even that will be easier said than done considering Atlético’s ability to defend set pieces. Expect a clash between Atlético’s short passes and Eibar’s long balls.

Atlético (8-4-4) is 6th in the Spanish league table with 28 points, 29 goals scored, and 21 goals allowed (+7 goal difference). Antoine Griezmann, Kevin Gameiro, and Yannick Carrasco each have scored six goals. Angel Correa and Griezmann have four assists each, while Koke has three. Correa has five yellow cards and Gabi and Saul Nunez have four each. Koke and Stefan Savic have a red card each. Carrasco is injured. Atlético has eight clean sheets and has failed to score in six games.

Atlético sportsbook betting lines trends: 1-2 straight-up in three of the last four Liga games, 1-3 straight-up in four of the last seven away games, 6-1 straight up in seven of the last eight games versus Eibar, and 3-1 straight-up in the last four visits to Eibar. Atlético’s sports betting games over/under record is 7-9 (overall), 4-4 (home), 3-5 (away), and 5-3 (against Eibar).

Eibar (6-5-5) is 8th in the league with 23 points, 22 goals scored, and 20 goals allowed (+2 goal difference). Pedro Leon and Sergi Enrich have scored five goals each, while Kike and Fran Rico have scored two each. Antonio Luna has three assists and Enrich and Takashi Inui have two each. Kike has five yellow cards and Dani Garcia and Rico have four each. Asier Riesgo, Garcia, and Yoel have a red card each. Jaime Jimene is injured. Eibar has four clean sheets and has failed two score in two games.

Eibar sportsbook betting lines trends: 2-1 straight-up in three of the last five Liga games, 2-0 straight-up in two of the last three home games, 1-6 straight-up in seven of the last eight games versus Atlético, and 1-3 straight-up in the last four games hosting Atlético. Eibar’s sports betting games over/under record is 8-8 (overall), 3-5 (home), 5-3 (away), and 5-3 (against Atlético).