Real Madrid to be deposed in La Liga this evening?

Barcelona can return to the top of the league with victory over Malaga this evening.

Barcelona can return to the top of the league with victory over Malaga this evening.

Recent weeks have seen the La Primera Liga title race heat up to massive proportions as Real Madrid joined the two way battle between Atlético Madrid and reigning champions Barcelona. Last night, as predicted, Real Madrid recorded a 2-0 win over Granada to move two points clear at the top of the table but both Atlético and Barca have the chance to move back in front of them tonight as they play their games in hand. Will they both win and see Real’s position as top of the pile last for just 24 hours?

(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change.)

Rayo v Atletico Betting Odds:

Home Victory – 8.20

Draw – 4.70

Away Victory – 1.36

Although Atlético are the massive favourites to win this match at the Estadio del Rayo Vallecano they have not had much recent success here. They have taken just one win in four visits to face Rayo Vallecano and were beaten 2-1 last season after conceding two first half goals and only salvaging a consolation at injury time, but they will certainly be more confident about this visit following the 5-0 drubbing handed out to Rayo in August.

The odds makers agree with this as they make the visitors, who are unbeaten in 20 matches in league, cup and Champions League since being shocked 1-0 at Espanyol in October, the big favourites to win and I can’t see any reason to disagree with them. Rayo have lost seven of 11 at home this season and two of their three wins have come against fellow relegation battlers Elche and Real Valladolid. The other was a 1-0 win against sixth place Real Sociedad courtesy of an 89th minute penalty, but I fear that Atlético have too much firepower for the struggling Rayo side this evening and I foresee an easy win, and return to the top of the table, for the visitors.

Back Atlético Madrid to beat Rayo Vallecano by at least two goals (Atlético -1.5 goals) @ 2.04 with GR88.com.

 

Barca v Malaga Betting Odds:

Home Victory – 1.08

Draw – 11.50

Away Victory – 36.00

Although Atlético are favoured to be the first side to retake the lead in the La Primera Liga title race, they are not favourites to still be at the top of the table come the end of the night. Barcelona, who have not been beaten by Malaga in more than a decade, are even bigger favourites to beat Malaga tonight than Atlético are against Rayo and should Barca take all three points their better goal difference will once again see them top of the pile.

Not only have Malaga failed to beat Barcelona in a decade their last win at the Camp Nou came in the previous century when they claimed a 2-1 victory in November 1999 and with Barcelona having impressed on home soil this season I cannot see that changing this evening. Barca have won 14 of 15 games so far, with the 0-0 draw in the Super Cup with Atlético being the only time they have failed to lead at the full time whistle.

Malaga are poor on the road this season as they have won just one of 11 matches and while they have drawn six of the other ten away trips I cannot see a trip to the Camp Nou being a place where they finally find another gear and convert draws into wins. They have also failed to score in any of their last three matches and with Barcelona having clean sheets in each of their last three home games I can see this game having a comfortable ending for the hosts this evening.

Back Barcelona to beat Malaga while keeping a clean sheet tonight @ 1.76 with GR88.com.

AntonyANTONY JORDAN (antonygr88) is an avid football and cricket fan who loves to play his favourite sports as much as write about them and bet on them.  Read his daily sports betting blog at GR88.com.

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