Soccer: La Liga Weekend Match Value
Barcelona pulled clear at the top of La Liga with a hard-fought win over closest rival Atletico Madrid last weekend, and they are now 1/100 to win the title. Diego Simeone’s team now trails by eight points with 11 games to go, although they will not give up without a fight. Both teams are back in action this weekend, along with Real Madrid and Valencia, who are scrapping it out for third. The relegation battle is also heating up between Deportivo, Las Palmas and Levante – two of those three will go down – so it should prove to be another exciting weekend in the Spanish top flight.
Girona vs. Deportivo
Newly promoted Girona enters Friday's game on a high after beating sixth-place Villarreal 2-0 at Estadio de la Cerámica. They have won seven of 13 home games this season and that strong form has left them seventh in the table. Deportivo is desperately battling against relegation, so that makes them tough opponents, and they battled to a 1-1 draw against Eibar last weekend. But they have been dreadful on the road this season, losing nine of 13, so the 13/20 available on a Girona home win at William Hill (green-listed bookmaker) looks great.
Sevilla vs. Valencia
Saturday's game pits two bang-in form teams against one another and it should yield plenty of goals. The last time Valencia drew a blank in a league game was early December, while Sevilla has not failed to score in a La Liga match since mid-January. Sevilla has scored 22 goals in 13 home games, while Valencia has hit 23 in 13 away games, but both suffer from leaky defenses so both teams should score in this one. 10Bet (green-listed bookmaker) and 188Bet have 11/17, but if the odds are too low for you, you could up it to "both teams to score" and "over" 2.5 goals at even money with Skybet and Boylesports.
Malaga vs. Barcelona
Barcelona travels to Malaga on Saturday for what should prove to be the biggest mismatch of the season. Barcelona is unbeaten, top of the table and cruising to the title. Malaga is rock bottom, with just 13 points, having lost 20 of their 27 games this season. Barcelona beat Malaga 2-0 at the Nou Camp earlier this season, but they should rack up a heftier scoreline here as Malaga’s confidence is shot to pieces. A Barcelona win is 31/100 with Marathonbet and 3/10 and Skybet, which looks great for an accumulator. For more value, Barcelona -2 Asian handicap is 31/21 with 888sport (green-listed bookmaker) and Unibet (green-listed bookmaker). If you are feeling more cautious, 188Bet has 9/10 on Barcelona -1.5.
Atletico Madrid vs. Celta Vigo
Atletico’s long unbeaten run came to an end last weekend, when Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona inflicted only their second defeat of the campaign on them. But this is not a team to wallow in misery and they should bounce straight back to winning ways Sunday. Celta Vigo is a decent team, a regular coupon buster, but they are no match for an on-song Atletico Madrid. Simeone’s men still have the best defensive record of any team in Europe’s top five leagues this season, and Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa have formed a brilliant strike partnership, while the collective brilliance of their all-action pressing game is a joy to behold. Atletico is 5/11 with 188Bet and 4/9 with Betway and Skybet, which would make a good double with Barcelona. For more value, Atletico to win and "under" 3.5 goals is 21/20 with Ladbrokes (green-listed bookmaker), Coral (green-listed bookmaker), Boylesports and Betway.