For a team that is in danger of relegation at the bottom of the La Liga table, Cadiz is starting to get hot at the right time. In two of its last three games, Cadiz has out-possessed and out-passed its opponents, and when that wasn't the case in the club's last match, it outscored its adversary to take a 2-0 win. The Pirates are unbeaten in their last four matches, but they face a significant test on Friday against fourth-place Atletico Madrid, which has won three of its last four.
Kickoff from Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, Spain, is set for 3 p.m. ET. Atletico is the -255 favorite (risk $255 to win $100) on the 90-minute money line in the latest Atletico Madrid vs. Cadiz odds from Caesars Sportsbook, with Cadiz the substantial +850 underdog. A draw is priced at +340 and the over-under for total goals scored is 2.5. Before locking in any Atletico Madrid vs. Cadiz picks, see the La Liga predictions from SportsLine soccer insider Brandt Sutton.
Sutton, a former collegiate soccer player, has been SportsLine's top soccer editor for nearly five years. He has followed soccer closely for much longer and factors in managerial tactics, projected lineups and past performances to make the most-informed decisions possible, keeping his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.
Now, Sutton has broken down Cadiz vs. Atletico Madrid from all sides and just locked in his picks and La Liga predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Atletico Madrid vs. Cadiz:
- Atletico Madrid vs. Cadiz spread: Atletico -1.5 (+110)
- Atletico Madrid vs. Cadiz over-under: 2.5 goals
- Atletico Madrid vs. Cadiz money line: Atletico -255, Cadiz +850, Draw +340
- ATL: Atletico has outscored opponents 9-3 over last five matches in all competitions
- CAD: FW Anthony Lozano scoreless in last nine La Liga starts
Why you should back Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid's attack has been beat up a bit recently with injuries to Matheus Cunha and Angel Correa, but in the wake of those, Joao Felix has stepped forward to provide the team's offense. The youngster has scored four goals in his last four matches, which have all been starts. He should be particularly confident heading into Friday's game after he scored two goals in his last outing against Real Betis.
Although Cadiz has been sharper on the ball in recent matches, that was not the case in the reverse fixture between the two. When Atletico and Cadiz last met in November, Los Colchoneros took 64 percent of the possession and completed 87 percent of their passes to Cadiz's 78. Despite the recent injuries to Atletico's front line, the team hasn't missed a step in attack, and there is little reason to doubt its continued effectiveness on Friday.
Why you should back Cadiz
Cadiz is clawing its way out of La Liga obscurity with tough defense, rather than suddenly finding a miracle formula on offense. The combined score of its last four matches is 3-2 in favor of the club, and two of those fixtures ended in scoreless draws. Cadiz won its last match 2-0 on the strength of goals by Ruben Alcaraz and Oussama Idrissi, who both joined the team on loan during the winter transfer window. Recent results suggest Cadiz is finding its rhythm and chemistry following the infusion of some much-needed added talent.
Defender Carlos Akapo has become more proactive on both ends of the pitch in this recent run. Of his 284 carries on the ball towards goal this season, 119 of them have come in the past four matches. That has translated to six shot-creating actions for Cadiz, which is half of his total for the season.
How to make Cadiz vs. Atletico Madrid picks
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