La Liga Round 16 Preview: Barcelona Out To Keep Top Spot Away To Levante

La Liga Round 16 Preview: Barcelona Out To Keep Top Spot Away To Levante

Meanwhile, title rivals Atletico Madrid travel to Valladolid, while Real Madrid host Rayo Vallecano

It is tight at the top of La Liga right now and, with defending champions Barcelona out in front, it is up to the likes of Atletico and Real to cut that advantage. This coming weekend sees table toppers Barça away to Levante, while Atletico Madrid are also on the road, at Valladolid, and Real Madrid play at home against Rayo Vallecano.


First things first

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Where should I be investing my money?

First up, Valladolid will be looking to make it three wins in a row across all competitions when they host Atletico Madrid on Saturday (15 December). Valladolid currently sit 12th in the table, but a win against the club from the capital could potentially lift them as high as sixth, depending on how other results go.

However, they will be up against one of the most consistent sides in the entire division. Atletico have lost just once in the league all season and have the best defensive record in the league, while a win for Atletico could move them level on points with leaders Barcelona – temporarily, at least.

And it is indeed Atletico who come into this game as the favourites to take the points. You can back the away side to win at just 1.72 while Valladolid, despite home advantage, are out at 5.75 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 3.40, according to Oddsshark.

This should be a routine victory for the visitors. A comfortable, 2-0 win for Atletico is priced at 6.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$32.50 pay out, while you could more than double your money by backing a combo bet of an Atletico win and a “No” to both teams scoring, which comes in at 2.40.

Real should recover against Rayo

On the same day, Real Madrid host Rayo Vallecano looking to bounce back from that shambolic 3-0 defeat to CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League. Real sit fourth in the table having won their last two league outings, and a win here could move them up to second, depending on how results for Atletico and Sevilla turn out.

Rayo Vallecano, in stark contrast, are struggling. The club sits next to bottom in the league, with just two wins and 10 points to their name so far this season – they are conceding at a rate of two goals per game and look to be heading down to the second tier, with Rayo priced at just 1.20 to suffer relegation.

It is therefore of no surprise to see that Real are the overwhelming favourites to win this game. You can back Los Blancos to take all three points at just 1.14, with Rayo Vallecano all the way out at 15.00 to pull off a shock win – a draw is priced in the middle at 9.00.

This is likely to be a goal fest and a 4-1 win for Real is priced competitively at 12.00, thereby offering more than a ten-fold return on any investment. You could also more than double your money by backing a combo bet of a Real win and both teams to score, which is priced at 2.20.

Levante to try and test Barcelona

And finally, Levante host Barcelona on the Sunday afternoon looking to maintain their good recent form. Levante are sixth in the table, just four points behind Real Madrid in fourth, and are unbeaten in their last four games across all competitions.

Barcelona, meanwhile, sit three points clear at the top of the pile having won their last two league games. They re scoring at a rate close to three goals per game and, on paper at least, look far too strong for their hosts.

And it is indeed Barça who come in as the red hot favourites to pick up another win. You can back the champions to take the points at just 1.25 while Levante, despite home advantage, are out at 10.00 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 6.50.

But Barcelona should get the win in style. A 3-1 win for the visitors is priced at 9.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$47.50 pay out.

La Liga round 16 fixtures:

Friday, 14 December

(1.85) Celta Vigo x Leganes (4.50); draw (3.50)

Saturday, 15 December

(2.25) Getafe x Real Sociedad (3.50); draw (3.10)

(5.75) Valladolid x Atletico Madrid (1.72); draw (3.40)

(1.14) Real Madrid x Rayo Vallecano (15.00); draw (9.00)

(2.80) Eibar x Valencia (2.62); draw (3.20)

Sunday, 16 December

(1.50) Sevilla x Girona (6.50); draw (4.33)

(2.40) Espanyol x Real Betis (3.00); draw (3.30)

(3.60) Huesca x Villarreal (2.15); draw (3.20)

(10.00) Levante x Barcelona (1.25); draw (6.50)

Monday, 17 December

(3.00) Alaves x Athletic Bilbao (2.50); draw (3.20)

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