Who’ll take the advantage in the La Primera Liga title race this weekend?
As the La Primera Liga enters its 25th round of matches this weekend things could not be closer at the top of the league table as only goal difference separates Barcelona from Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid. Atlético are third in the table with a +43 goal difference, while Real have +44 and Barcelona with the most amount of goals scored have a +52 record.
All three teams are in action this weekend but, with Barcelona and Atlético having travelled to Man City and AC Milan in the Champions League during the week, will it be Real Madrid who is top of the table and leading the La Liga title race after all three sides have played their matches?
(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)
Real Madrid v Elche:
Real Madrid – 1.09
Draw – 12.00
Elche – 32.00
Saturday’s first La Liga match sees second placed Real take on 13th position Elche at the Bernabeu, a stadium that has seen Real defeated just a single time this season as their city rivals Atlético claimed a 1-0 win here in September. Things have turned around since then as Real have recorded 14 straight wins on home soil and have kept nine clean sheets in that run. Nobody lower than seventh in the table has scored at the Bernabeu in this run and with Elche having failed to win away from home since October it is a safe bet to say that Real are going to win this match.
Real won the first meeting of these sides in the top flight 2-1 earlier this season with much of the action, including two goals and a red card, coming in injury time at the end of the game. However, Real are much better on home soil and they will cruise to victory this weekend.
Back Real to win to nil @ 1.74.
Real Sociedad v Barcelona:
Real Sociedad – 7.60
Draw – 4.80
Barcelona – 1.37
This Saturday evening match for the reigning champions will be the toughest of all three games for those involved in the La Liga title race as they are facing a top six side compared to teams in the bottom half for the Madrid clubs and they played a tough 90 minutes in England during the week. As well as this Barcelona do not have the best of records away at Sociedad as they have drawn two and lost two of their last four visits to the Estadio Municipal de Anoeta, including managing a 1-1 draw here ten days ago in the Copa del Rey Semi Finals.
Sociedad are impressive on home soil too with five wins and three draws in their last eight matches in front of their own fans and only Atlético have been them in a domestic match this season. Barcelona are unbeaten in nine on the road and have won six of these games, but with two losses before this nine game run they have won just over half of their last 11 road trips. They are likely to win this match, but I fear that it will not be as easy for them as the odds suggest and my money is on both of these sides to find the net, like in each of the last four Sociedad v Barcelona games.
Back both sides to score @ 1.59.
Osasuna v Atlético Madrid:
Osasuna – 6.80
Draw – 3.80
Atlético – 1.51
After having a tough time of things at the start of February where they suffered three successive defeats with Real Madrid beating them home and away in the Copa del Rey and 16th placed Almeria shocking them 2-0 away from home, Atlético have turned things around in their last two games with a 3-0 home win over 18th place Real Valladolid and then beating AC Milan 1-0 at the San Siro in Champions League football in midweek. They will be full of confidence for this match in the final action on Sunday due to this and the fact that they have seven of the last eight meetings with Osasuna, including all of the last three away games.
Osasuna have recorded clean sheets in their last two games at home to Getafe, who they defeated 2-0, and with a 0-0 draw at Elche. Despite this Real Madrid and Bilbao, both sides in the top four in the league, came to the Estadio El Sadar in the last three matches and scored seven goals between them. I see this being another comfortable win for Atlético this weekend and I’m backing them to win the game by at least two goals.
Back Atlético -1 @ 1.90.