LA LIGA BETTING PREVIEW: WEEK 32

Spanish football heats up over the weekend as La Liga frontrunners Real Madrid and Barcelona find themselves level on points, and both facing bottom-half teams away from home. An intense local derby mid-table fight for a European spot between Villarreal and Valencia is the highlight of the remaining fixtures in the Spanish league and offers some interesting options for La Liga betting in Week 32.

LA LIGA BETTING: WEEK 32

Celta Vigo

Focused and determined to climb the ladder, Celta have hit their stride following an unpredictable restart to the league. Although currently positioned in 16th place, Celta Vigo fans have seen their side score seven goals in their last two fixtures, picking up the same number of points in their four fixtures since the restart.

Knowing an empty stadium against the current champions will not add much to their home advantage, Óscar García Junyent will hope for continuing solidity from his side; Celta have only conceded once in their last seven games, and should not be written off easily.

Barcelona

A 71st-minute strike from Croatian substitute Ivan Rakitic was enough to ensure the win for Barcelona last weekend against Athletic Bilbao. Although level on points with the league leaders, Real Madrid’s head-to-head advantage means that Barcelona will need to finish at least one point above their rivals in order to claim their 27th La Liga title.

Despite the fact that they have dominated in their head-to-head record against Celta Vigo, Quique Setién’s team are by no means entitled to the win. With Celta widely considered one of Barcelona’s bogey teams of recent seasons, Barca fans will undoubtedly look towards their Argentinian talisman Lionel Messi to lead the line and ensure the full three points. 

CELTA DE VIGO VS BARCELONA: LA LIGA BETTING ODDS

As expected, the current La Liga champions are favoured to come out on top, with Barcelona at 13/20 (1.65) to win, while the chances of Celta Vigo are measured at 41/10 (5.10).


RCD Espanyol

Two losses and a draw in their previous three fixtures have seen RCD Espanyol slip down the table into last spot. With a game against the current first place holders Real Madrid this Sunday, Abelardo Fernández must get his team’s act together, and fast, to spare his side from any embarrassment on the field.

With the worst points tally and goal difference in the league, RCD Espanyol are unfancied and all but consigned to relegation. However, fans of the Blanquiazules will no doubt expect their side to come out with all guns blazing, ready and willing to fight for their pride.

Real Madrid

Seeking his second La Liga trophy as a manager, Zinedine Zidane has seen his side win all of their last four fixtures. Level with Barcelona (but clinching first place due to their head-to-head record), Real Madrid must aim to push away from the champions this weekend as they take on RCD Espanyol at the RCDE Stadium.

Midfield maestro Luka Modric will be suspended after accumulating his fifth yellow card, which means that Real Madrid fans may witness the return of Carlos Casemiro to the lineup, supported by both Kroos and Valverde in the midfield. With goals a-plenty coming from all areas of the team since the restart, youngsters Mariano Diaz and Vinicius Junior will look to get in on the action if they make it into the lineup.

RCD ESPANYOL VS REAL MADRID: LA LIGA BETTING ODDS

RCD Espanyol enter the fixture with their chances calculated at 61/10 (7.10) to win, with the league leaders Real Madrid looking strong as favourites at 3/7 (1.43).


Villarreal

Following three consecutive wins in the league, Villarreal shared the spoils of their last game with Sevilla last Monday in a 2-2 draw at home. Ahead of their next game, good news is emanating from the Estadio de la Cerámica; Villarreal captain Bruno Soriano may be set for his first league start in over three years.

With an intense derby against rivals Valencia on the horizon, Javier Calleja must push his team to take advantage of their opponent’s poor form and overcome the recent one-sided history of this match-up.

Valencia

With only one win in their last five fixtures, losing to both Eibar and Real Madrid and sharing points with Levante and Deportivo Alaves, Valencia have allowed themselves to slip down the La Liga table, dropping down a couple of positions since the restart.

With a derby against Villarreal on the cards this Sunday, Los Murcelagos must gather themselves and forget about their recent troubles. Albert Celades must look to ensure his players are ready to make a statement, as three points could prove vital for his team’s campaign to get back into European football, hurling them into sixth-place if results go their way.

VILLARREAL VS VALENCIA: LA LIGA BETTING ODDS

In one of the tightest games to call this weekend, Villarreal come out on top at 119/100 (2.19) to win, with the travelling team Valencia looking at odds of 11/5 (3.20).


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PREVIEW: LA LIGA RETURN

Spanish football is due for an imminent return to our screens, with La Liga set to resume play as of 11 June. Sevilla welcome Real Betis to the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium in the opening fixture.

Having been suspended since 23 March, the top division of Spanish football returns this Thursday. So, what better time than now to take a look at our La Liga preview?

As players return to their club facilities for safe training sessions, managers and coaches face the task of preparing their teams for the newest set of challenges they may face on the field. Join us as we take a look at an open La Liga table, and read on as we showcase an intense battle for first place, the fight for European positions and the scrap to avoid relegation.

La Liga title and the battle for the Champions League

Lionel Messi’s Barcelona continue the season sitting on 58 points just ahead of their historic rivals, Real Madrid. The defending champions seek their third title in as many years. Packed with experience, this Barca team knows what strings need to be pulled in order for them to claim their 27th La Liga trophy. Barcelona resume their campaign with an away fixture against Mallorca on Saturday 13 June.

Standing just two points behind the leaders, Real Madrid will eagerly await any opportunity to leapfrog their rivals and claim the league’s top spot. Secure in the runners-up position with nine points to spare, Los Blancos supporters will demand that their team push on and claim a historic 34th title at the expense of their rivals. Real Madrid’s first game back will be at home to Eibar on Sunday 14 June.

Third-place Sevilla find themselves atop close competition with only two points separating them from sixth place. With plenty of games left to play in La Liga, Los Nervionenses will need to prove they have what it takes to cope with the mounting pressure from the teams below them. Sevilla take on Real Betis this Thursday as the first game of La Liga’s return.

Real Sociedad hold onto the final Champions League spot, tied on 46 points with Getafe. Although predicted to go on and secure this position by the end of the season, Real Sociedad still need to face Real Madrid, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid, each of whom find themselves equally desperate for points. Real Sociedad will host Osasuna this Sunday 14 June.

The fight for Europa League

Getafe resume the season from fifth position, level on both points and goal difference with Real Sociedad. Bordalás will try to ensure sure that his team are in a strong position come the end of the season. To do so, they will need to overcome Atletico Madrid, who are currently only one point behind them. Getafe travel to Granada this Friday for their first fixture.

It’s been a season of many ups and downs for Atletico Madrid who find themselves in unchartered territory, occupying sixth place and a point away from Champions league positions. Simeone knows his squad is more than capable of digging themselves out of their current predicament; if only they can replicate the passion which saw them push past Liverpool in their final fixture before the break. Los Rojiblancos travel north Athletic Bilbao on Sunday 14 June.

The scrap to avoid relegation

We’ll end our La Liga preview at the bottom, as the restart of the league signals the resumption of a gruelling relegation battle. While the prospect of another year in La Liga seems out of reach for RCD Espanyol and potentially Leganes, 18th-placed Mallorca sit only one point away from safety and may yet save themselves. Just 7 points separate positions 14-18 in the table.

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Barcelona vs Liverpool Betting Preview

On Wednesday night, Liverpool visit Camp Nou to play Barcelona in the glamour tie of the Champions League semi-final stage.

 

Barcelona and Liverpool are European football royalty and head into this contest level on 5 European Cups apiece. With the top scorer across all European leagues – Lionel Messi – turning out for the Catalans, and the top two scorers in the Premier League – Salah and Mane – leading the attack for the redmen, 0-0 looks an unlikely result.

Barcelona

Ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Liverpool, Barcelona were able to put their league campaign to bed with a 1-0 victory over Levante; securing their 26th La Liga title in the process thanks to a goal from second-half substitute Lionel Messi.

Winning another La Liga title will not be enough to classify this season as a success for the Catalans. This is, after all, their fourth Spanish title in five years and Messi’s 10th overall. The La Liga title is almost expected. To attain true glory, Barca must succeed in completing a treble: La Liga, Copa del Rey, and a first Champions League title since 2015 (the last time they reached the final). Central to Barcelona’s success will be, as ever, Lionel Messi.

Liverpool

Much like Barcelona, Liverpool are chasing success on two fronts. Unlike Barca, one of those fronts is their domestic league. Any other year, this Liverpool side’s Premier League record (only one loss and already taken over 90 points with two games remaining) would be lauded as one of the best in recent years. Unfortunately for Liverpool, they still train an outstanding Manchester City side.

Have no doubts, Liverpool are the side that Barcelona would least have liked to face in the competition. With away victories in the last two rounds, the reds have proved they can travel abroad and upset the hosts on their own turf. And while Mohamed Salah once again top’s the goalscoring chart in the Premier League, this Liverpool side is built on much firmer foundations than the side that lost last year’s final against Real Madrid. With PFA Player of the Year Virgil Van Dijk marshalling the defence and Brazil no.1 Alisson Becker between the sticks, Liverpool stand a better chance than most at shutting out Messi.

BARCELONA VS LIVERPOOL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ODDS AT ENERGYBET

Barcelona head into this massive Champions League semi-final clash at Camp Nou as favourites for victory at 7/8 (1.87). But Liverpool shouldn’t be underestimated given their recent form – 10 victories in a row in all competitions – and will fancy their chances despite odds of 31/10 (4.10) for the win.

Barcelona vs Liverpool betting tips

Given the European pedigree of both clubs, it’s a little surprising that Barcelona and Liverpool have faced each other on only eight occasions. Liverpool have been the dominant force in these fixtures, winning three (two at Camp Nou) and drawing two of the matches played. Barcelona have never knocked Liverpool out of a European competition, losing the tie courtesy of away goals the last time the sides met – a round of 16 Champions League fixture in 2007.

With their high-intensity football and goal-scoring threat, Liverpool have every chance of taking a second consecutive Champions League victory at the home of Barcelona. But, even with the colossus that is Virgil Van Dijk at the heart of their defence, keeping Lionel Messi at bay for the entire game seems like too tough a task. That’s why we’d back Liverpool to win and both teams to score at 26/5 (6.20).

*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of going to print.

It’s the turn of Man Utd and Chelsea in Champions League

Man Utd v Sevilla: After David De Gea came to Man Utd’s rescue once again in the first leg, can the attacking players Lukaku, Pogba and Rashford settle home nerves and score the goals to secure a win?

£20 on Man Utd to win and both teams to score returns £76 & £20 on Man Utd to win and over 3.5 goals nets £100. Find these bets in the specials section in full list of match markets.

Barcelona v Chelsea: Barcelona sit top of La Liga and with Messi in top form having net the equaliser in the first leg and the winner in the League match v Atletico Madrid, he will be looking to score again and compound the misery on Conte. £20 on Barcelona to win and over 3.5 goals returns £61.

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The Greatest Comeback Of All Time By Barcelona

Barcelona produced without doubt the greatest comeback in the history of football to progress to the quarter finals of the Champions League with a startling 6-1 victory over a shell shocked Paris St Germain to win by 6 goals to 5.

The French team led 4-0 from the first leg and that meant if they scored an away goal at the Nou Camp Stadium then their Spanish opponents would require a ridiculous six goals to qualify to the next round.

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