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Where: Estadio Benito Villamarin
When: Sunday, March 24, 4 p.m.
On paper, this should be a comfortable three points for Diego Simeone’s title-chasing outfit against La Liga’s bottom side. However, as we all know, football is played on grass and not paper and the strugglers from southern Spain have managed to string together some impressive results of late.
In fact, since losing 4-2 at Celta de Vigo on Jan 24, Gabriel Calderon’s side have lost just three times in 10 matches in all competitions, while they are also unbeaten in their last five contests going into their weekend showdown with second-placed Atleti.
The visitors themselves endured their own poor run of form for the first time in this campaign when losing three games on the bounce in league and cup last month, although two of those were against Real Madrid.
But since the last of those reverses, Atletico have not lost in seven in either the league or the UEFA Champions League, and they know that with Madrid hosting third-in-the-table Barcelona later on Sunday night, a win at Betis would move them level on points with their city rivals, if only for a few hours.