The two great rivals lead the early season La Liga table and both play this Saturday (15 September).
The fourth round of action in Spain’s La Liga is set to kick off this coming Saturday (15 September) with early season table toppers Barcelona and Real Madrid both in action. Current
champions Barça travel to take on Real Sociedad, while European champions Real Madrid are also on the road, away to Athletic Bilbao.
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First up, Barcelona have picked up where they left off last season and after three games sit top of the table. The Catalan giants have won all three of their matches and scoring a whopping 12 goals in the process – that is an incredible average of four goals per game – while conceding just two.
Last time out, Barcelona put eight goals past newly promoted Huesca in an 8-2 thrashing, which included braces for both Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. Real Sociedad, by way of comparison, have made a mixed start to the season, registering a win, a loss and a draw in their three outings and may well come into this one feeling slightly apprehensive.
Despite being away from home, Barça are the clear favourites to make it four wins from four and are priced at just 1.40 to do so. Real may be in front of their own fans but are out at 8.00 to record their second league win of the campaign. As always with Barcelona, expect goals in this one. A comfortable, 3-1 win for the defending champions is priced competitively at 11.00, offering more than a ten-fold return on any investment – over 2.5 goals in the game comes in at 1.44, according to Oddsshark.
Real Madrid looking to match rivals Barcelona
On the same day, Champions League holders Real Madrid will look to match Barcelona when they travel to take on Athletic Bilbao. Los Blancos also boast a 100 per cent start to the season but have scored 10 goals (at an average of 3.33 goals per game) compared to Barcelona’s 12.
Athletic have played just two games rather than three so far this season – both at home – and remain undefeated, collecting four points from those outings. However, without a doubt this
will be their most stringent test to date.
And the betting again looks to be strongly in Real Madrid’s favour, with the visitors at just 1.53 to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season. With home advantage, Athletic are at 6.00 to take all three points, with a draw priced in the middle at 4.33.
However, the technical strength of Real is likely to shine through. A 2-1 win for Real is priced at 8.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a pay out of US$40 – both teams to score comes
in at 1.57.
Celta Vigo look to continue encouraging start
And finally, Celta Vigo will look to continue the momentum they have built up when they travel to take on Girona on the Monday night (17 September). Celta sit third with seven points from three games, three points ahead of both Sevilla and Atletico Madrid.
After a slow start to the season, Girona managed their first win of the campaign last time out when they won 1-0 away to Villarreal. Their home form has not been as impressive, taking just
one point from two matches, and in their last contest on their own patch were thrashed 4-1 by Real Madrid.
Celta come into this one having won their last two league matches in a row and will be brimming with confidence. And you could more than triple your money by backing Celta to take the points on the road at a price of 3.10.
However, you could more than double your money by backing the home aside, Girona, to make it two wins in a row at 2.30. A draw would look to be the least likely result and is priced accordingly at 3.30.
On paper at least, however, these two teams look fairly evenly matched and a stalemate looks a distinct possibility. You can back a 1-1 draw at 6.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a
US$30 pay out.
La Liga round 4 fixtures:
Friday, 14 September
(2.30) Huesca x Rayo Vallecano (3.20); draw (3.30)
Saturday, 15 September
(1.44) Atletico Madrid x Eibar (9.00); draw (4.00)
(8.00) Real Sociedad x Barcelona (1.40); draw (4.75)
(1.75) Valencia x Real Betis (4.75); draw (3.75)
(6.00) Athletic Bilbao x Real Madrid (1.53); draw (4.33)
Sunday, 16 September
(2.20) Valladolid x Alaves (3.60); draw (3.10)
(1.80) Espanyol x Levante (4.75); draw (3.50)
(3.10) Leganes x Villarreal (2.50); draw (3.10)
(1.53) Sevilla x Getafe (7.00); draw (4.00)
Monday, 17 September
(2.37) Girona x Celta Vigo (3.10); draw (3.30)