Barcelona are already seven points ahead of the Spanish Champions Madrid and with the Catalan’s most recent win over neighbours Girona, they completed their sixth consecutive victory. Los Blancos started their campaign on the wrong foot winning just three of their opening six matches. Atletico Madrid were the only side to lose their Champions League encounter and in all fairness, the winning goal came in the dying minutes of the game, deep within stoppage time. No major clashes are taking place this game week and the La Liga action will return after the International break.
Betting on Barcelona
Barcelona seem to be unstoppable this season. La Liga betting enthusiasts would have thought that with the absence of Neymar, Barcelona won’t be complete but they’re proving to be contenders in any competition they’re participating in. The Catalan giants won their eighth consecutive match with their Champions League win over Sporting Lisbon and Las Palmas are their next challengers in La Liga.
Betting on Barcelona to emerge victorious is not even worth considering as odds are at 1.07. Handicap betting would be a better option, but you’ll need to bet on Barcelona to win with a goal difference of three or more to make it worth your while, as odds for that happening are priced at 2.16. Last season, the Catalan side destroyed Las Palmas at the Camp Nou and on the road, beating them 5-0 and 4-1 respectively. We don’t see Las Palmas getting a goal at the Camp Nou and odds for one team (or none) to score has odds of 1.95, a great price to add to your accumulator bet.
Messi bagged nine goals from just six games played and there will be no doubt that he will be testing Leandro Chichizola every chance he gets. Odds for the Argentinian sensation to score at any time are priced at 1.21 and 2.85 to get the first goal of the game.
Bet on Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid started their campaign on the wrong foot after a couple of draws denied them the points they needed to edge closer to Barcelona at the top of the table. Diego Simeone’s men will be looking to make it their fourth successive victory in La Liga but how will their Champions League loss to Chelsea at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano affect their approach for the next game?
Los Colchoneros face Leganes on the road and have odds of 1.60 to collect all three points. Leganes should not be underestimated as they won three of their six matches played and are just four points shy of their opponents. If you’re looking to back Leganes, consider double chance betting – odds are priced at 2.40 for the hosts not to lose.
Atletico conceded just four times so far, this season and all these goals were conceded on the road. Betting on both teams to score is an interesting bet to consider, especially with odds of 2.55.
Bet on Madrid
More criticism and further embarrassment was narrowly avoided with Madrid’s win over Deportivo Alavés last weekend. Dani Ceballos saved the day, scoring both goals that sealed the win but Los Blancos are not looking like the invincible side we witnessed last season.
They’re sitting in sixth at the table with seven points away from rivals Barcelona but their next encounter against Espanyol should not be troublesome. Madrid’s Champions League win in Germany last Tuesday will restore some confidence in the team once again.
Odds for Madrid to beat Espanyol 1.12, too low to even consider. Handicap betting has better odds – 1.73 for Los Blancos to win with a goal difference of two or more. Both team to score is another interesting bet, as Madrid have been conceding goals more frequently this season, keeping just one clean sheet from six matches. Odds are set at 1.75.