Madrid sides to take the lead in La Primera Liga this weekend?

Can Atlético Madrid striker Diego Costa fire his side to the top of the league?

Can Atlético Madrid striker Diego Costa fire his side to the top of the league?

With Barcelona messing up their title defence in spectacular fashion this weekend as they were beaten 3-2 in front of their own fans at the Camp Nou by Valencia, the two Madrid clubs in Atlético and Real can move ahead of the champions in the La Primera Liga title race with victories this Sunday evening?

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

Atletico Madrid v Real Sociedad Odds:

Atlético – 1.32

Draw – 4.90

Sociedad – 9.60

Home wins are not the usual result of matches between Atlético Madrid and Real Sociedad as it was 2011 the last time that either of these two teams managed to secure all three points in front of their own fans and the last two games with the title challengers at the hosts have seen a 1-1 draw and a 1-0 win for Sociedad last season.

However, with Barcelona dropping the ball this weekend you can be sure that Atlético will be sure to motivated to end this cursed run. The fact that they have won 15 and drawn three, with Barcelona taking two of these three draws, of their 18 home matches in all competitions this season I see why they are such big favourites to win and top to the table in this season’s closely fought La Primera Liga title race.

Although Sociedad have lost just one of their last six away games, they do have seven defeats in their last 14 away matches. They are improving and they are looking good for taking a Europa League place this season, but they have not visited such a tough a place to visit as the Vincente Calderón in a while and with top spot in the league up for grabs I see this match bringing the away day points haul to a close this weekend.

Back Atlético Madrid to win beat Real Sociedad by at least two goals (Atlético -1.5) @ 1.91 with GR88.com.

Athletic Bilbao v Real Madrid Odds:

Bilbao – 5.10

Draw – 3.80

Real – 1.63

Although these two sides are separated by nine points in the league they are sat next to each other in the standings with Real Madrid in third place, and in prime position to go top of the table thanks to Barcelona losing against Valencia and if I happen to be horribly wrong about Atlético, and their hosts at San Mamés tonight sitting in fourth.

Bilbao’s 14 home matches this season have seen just one loss, although it was in the last game against Atlético in the Copa del Rey during the week, and they will be confident about being able to hold the Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale led attacking forces of a side desperate to go top of the league. However, Real have won each of their last ten matches, 11 if you include the winter break friendly game against PSG in Paris, and they are unbeaten since the end of October. Only the two sides above them in the table in Atlético and Barcelona have beaten them in any competition this season and they bring a fine set of results into this match.

With the possible prize of top of the table available to Real, and the prize of moving two points clear of their biggest rivals in Barcelona assured with a win, I cannot see anything but victory for Real this evening. I also see goals in this match between two fine attacking sides and, as such, my money is going on a combination of these two bets.

Back Real Madrid to beat Bilbao and there to be more than 2.5 goals in the game @ 2.05 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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