Dermot Corrigan's La Liga Betting: Atletico To Be Held At The Break


Levante - Atletico Madrid – 11.00 GMT Sunday

Atletico Madrid go to Levante for the Sunday lunchtime kick-off unbeaten in 12 games, and knowing another win would all but tie up third-place and Champions League / European Cup football for a third successive year.

Diego Simeone’s side are without the suspended Diego Godin, so Miranda and Jose Maria Gimenez should be the centre-back pair. The main selection call is again in attack, where Mario Mandzukic or Fernando Torres will partner Antoine Griezmann.

A good run of form had lifted Levante well clear of the relegation places, but last weekend’s 3-0 defeat at Real Sociedad means they still need one more win to ensure Primera Division football again next season.

Coach Lucas Alcaraz has forward Victor Casadesus and midfielder Simao Mate banned. Young reported Atletico target Victor Camarasa is likely to start in the centre of the park.

The Ciutat de Valencia stadium has actually been a bogey ground for Simeone - who has not won there in three visits as Colchoneros’ coach and almost lost last season’s title with a late 2-0 defeat. Sunday’s game is unlikely to bring much free-flowing football, but that record might go.

Predicted result: Levante 0-1 Atletico Madrid at 5.50

Best bet: Draw at HT at 2.12