Serie A and La Liga Best Bets for the Weekend

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Serie A and La Liga Soccer odds are now available as we are back with our favorite European expert advice and free betting picks.

Read on for this weekend’s most favorable soccer picks, analysis, and free betting advice across the top European leagues.

Atalanta BC vs. Empoli FC

Saturday, May 21, 2022 – 02:45 PM EDT at Gewiss Stadium

Serie A Team Trends

  • Empoli has lost 4 consecutive Serie A away games.
  • Empoli has won just 1 of their previous 20 domestic outings.
  • Atalanta has conceded at least one goal in their previous 8 Serie A home games.
  • Atalanta has won just 1 of their last 10 Serie A home games.

Atalanta Analysis

It hasn't been a romantic season for Atalanta, whose previous tenures have excelled to unprecedented heights under the influence of manager Gian Piero Gasperini.

However, with the manager's future at the club now unpredictable, can his squad pull together and end the Italian domestic season by qualifying for a Europa League position next season.

Arguably, between those contending for a Europa League placement – Atalanta, Roma, and Fiorentina – it will be Gasperini's men who own the most leisurely outing, as Roma and Fiorentina will face Torino and Juventus, respectively.

Empoli Analysis

Empoli has struggled all season long, and they enter hostile territory on Saturday afternoon, winning just 1 of their last 20 Serie A fixtures.

In addition, the reverse fixture saw Atalanta deliver a 4-1 hammering. Although the home side owns a less desirable home record, they can take solace in knowing their visitors have been winless on the road since December.

Serie A Betting Odds and Picks

The Serie A odds favor the Atalanta on the moneyline, but this approach isn't desirable when considering the poor home form.

With that said, Atalanta shouldn't struggle to find the back net versus Aurelio Andreazzoli's squad, who've allowed 70 goals in their previous 37 domestic outings.

I anticipate the home side can secure all three points in their most crucial game of the season, but they're also short on clean sheets, and we can boast our betting value by giving the visitors a place on the goal sheet.

Score Prediction: Atalanta 3 - Empoli 1

Soccer Pick: Atalanta to Win and BTTS (-105) [1.95] [1.05u wager returns 1u of profit] at Everygame (visit our Everygame Review)

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Real Madrid CF vs. Real Betis Balompié

Friday, May 20, 2022 - 03:00 PM EDT at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

La Liga Team Trends

  • Real Madrid is unbeaten in 68 of their last 78 games in all competitions.
  • Real Madrid has won their previous 3 La Liga home games by at least 2 goals.
  • Real Betis is unbeaten in their previous 6 away games in all competitions.
  • Real Betis's last 6 games have been a draw at halftime.

Real Madrid Analysis

Real Madrid returns to the Bernabeu with the Spanish League title in their possession following a dominant 2021/22 campaign. They're currently 12 points clear of their rivals and runners-up Barcelona.

With the domestic trophy in the bag, Real Madrid's complete focus will be on their Champions League final against Liverpool later this month. This could hand their visitors Real Betis an advantage heading into Friday night's meeting.

Real Betis Analysis

Real Betis could swoop in on Sevilla's 4th-placed position. Still, with an equal goal difference and a favor needed from Athletic Club, Betis will need to deliver a handful of goals and overcome the most successful team in the division.

They'll face Carlo Ancelotti's men, who boast the best home record this term, and although their thoughts will be elsewhere, that doesn't equal an easy outing for the Greens.

Manuel Pellegrini's lifted the Copa del Rey last month, but they were victims of a temporary slump following their season highlight. However, securing their league placement will be imperative as a defeat to Los Blancos could open the door for Real Sociedad, who is 2 points shy of overtaking Betis.

La Liga Betting Odds and Picks

The La Liga odds – to no surprise – favor the home side, and for Real Madrid to finish this term with another 3 points wouldn't be a shocking turn of events.

With that said, I expect the visitors to keep this encounter tight, particularly during the first 45 minutes of play. The circumstances for Real Madrid will rely heavily on keeping their most elite players away from unwanted injuries, so I predict the score will be level at halftime.

Score Prediction: Real Madrid 1 - Real Betis 1

Soccer Pick: First Half Draw (+155) [2.55] [1u wager returns 1.55u of profit] at Everygame

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