The top four teams of La Liga all secured wins last weekend but Barcelona almost stumbled again struggling Leganes. A minute in the dying minutes of the game is what saved the Catalan giants from another embarrassing result, one which would have seen them drop to third place and widen the gap between them and Madrid. Gareth Bale returned to action in style, scoring the second goal in a solid win over Espanyol. Sevilla maintain third place with another routine win over Eibar while Atletico Madrid wrapped up their third consecutive win against Sporting Gijon. La Liga betting fans will be thrilled with some of the upcoming fixtures, as Barcelona will be traveling to Madrid to face Diego Simeone’s men, in one of the most explosive games of the season. We’ll delve deeper into the information needed to place a smart bet on La Liga for the weekend.
Bet on Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid
Barcelona have been far from consistent this season and many La Liga betting fans are concerned that their best times are over. This is the fourth time these two sides are meeting this season, two finished in a draw, with Barcelona getting the upper hand on one occasion. As expected, Barcelona are the favourites to win and a £10 on them will potentially return £23. The Catalan giants are unbeaten in 16 La Liga matches but will be adamant on winning if they want to maintain pressure on league leaders Madrid. A draw is not an option, as this would potentially widen the gap to three points, with two extra games played.
Atletico are now sporting three consecutive wins and are in great form to bag another win, but Diego Simeone will need to get this one right if his men are to get something out of this colossal clash. Atletico are priced at 11/5 to beat Barcelona but such a big encounter requires probing into other bets to discover the best value for the risk. Double chance betting is a good option, as odds for Atletico not to lose are set at 16/25.
Bet on Madrid
Zidane and his men are in an excellent and comfortable position as they prepare to face Valencia on Sunday. Pressure is on Barcelona to win their encounter and Los Blancos will treat this clash as the perfect opportunity to create a wider gap, even with two games in hand. Betting on Madrid will yield a return of £15.70 from a £10 bet but Valencia have their own agenda, so this is a game they will certainly not take lightly. The hosts are unbeaten in two games but with the return of Gareth Bale, it will surely cause Valencia manager Voro additional havoc. Odds are at 9/2 for Valencia to collect all three points, which is not as far-fetched as the odds might suggest. Last season, Madrid drew at the Mestalla Stadium and this encounter is one of the two games in hand Madrid need to play, making it crucial to their title ambitions. With 11 goals scored in five games, betting on goals should be considered, especially when four of Madrid’s last five matches ended in over 2.5 goals. Odds are set at 49/100 for that.
Bet on Sevilla
Sevilla are having an incredible season, occupying third place of the table and just three points away from league leaders Madrid. With their two nil win last Saturday, Sevilla stopped Eibar from securing their fourth consecutive win and are in great form as they prepare to face Real Betis on Saturday. Although Sevilla are the favourites, odds are very lucrative as they stand at evens, however, a cheeky bet on Betis to overcome Sevilla will potentially return £39 from a tenner. Betis are without a win in five games and it’s unlikely that they will get it against the five time Europa League winners. It’s been three years since Real Betis emerged victorious over Sevilla and Betis manager Víctor Sánchez will need his men to pull off a great performance to obtain all three points at the Estadio Benito Villamarín.