Meanwhile, Real Madrid are on the rod at Levante and Girona host Real Sociedad
The 25th round of games in Spain’s La Liga could see the lead cut at the top of the table, with league leaders Barcelona facing a tough test away to Sevilla on Saturday afternoon (23 February). The following day, Real Madrid will be looking for three points away at Levante, while Girona welcome Real Sociedad on Monday evening as they look to move further away from the relegation zone.
First things first
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First up, the clash between Sevilla and Barcelona on Saturday. Sevilla’s recent poor form has seen them fall out of the title race and now they sit fourth, just a point ahead of Getafe in fifth place – Sevilla are at just 1.50 to finish in the top four come the end of the season.
Barcelona, by way of comparison, are unbeaten in their last 12 league outings and sit a comfortable seven points clear at the top of the table. The defending champions are at just 1.062 to retain their domestic crown this term.
And it is indeed Barcelona who come into this match as the favourites to take all three points. You can back the champions to win at just 1.95 while Sevilla, despite home advantage, are out at 3.50 to do the same – a draw would appear to be the least likely outcome and is priced accordingly at 4.00, according to Oddsshark.
But we feel that Sevilla could spring a surprise on their own soil. A narrow, 2-1 win for the home side is priced competitively at 12.00, thereby offering more than a ten-fold return on any investment, while a combo bet of a Sevilla win, coupled with both teams to score, comes sin at 5.50.
Real Madrid must win at Levante
The following day, Real Madrid travel to Levante knowing that they must pick up a victory to stay in the title race. Levante sit 12th in the table and are in little danger of relegation – as such they can play this game in a more relaxed manner.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, are looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2-1 loss to Girona last time out. Real are nine points behind old rivals Barcelona and are out at 13.00 to win the domestic crown this season.
They do however come into this match as the clear favourites to pick up the win. You can back Real Madrid to collect all three points at just 1.53, while Levante are out at 5.25 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 4.75.
We are expecting this to be a comfortable afternoon for Los Blancos. A 3-1 win for Real is priced at 11.00, meaning that a USS$5 bet would lead to a USS$55 pay out, while you can more than double your money by backing a combo bet of a Real Madrid win, coupled with both teams to score, at 2.50.
Girona look for another three points
And finally, Monday Night Football this week sees Girona host Real Sociedad as they look to steer themselves away from the relegation zone. Girona beat Real Madrid last time out and need to build on that crucial victory.
Real Sociedad, by way of comparison, are unbeaten in their last nine games across all competitions and are just three points behind Sevilla in fourth. The club however are out at 26.00 to manage a top four finish this term.
And while the betting is close, it is Girona who come in as the favourites to take all three points. You can more than double your money by backing the home side to win at 2.37, while Real Sociedad are out at 3.00 to do the same – a draw is highest at 3.20.
And we are expecting Real Sociedad to continue their recent excellent form. A narrow, 1-0 win for the away side is priced at 8.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$42.50 pay out, while you can more than quadruple your money by backing a combo bet of a Real Sociedad win, coupled with a “No” to both teams scoring, at 4.75.
La Liga round 25 fixtures:
Friday, 22 February
(1.75) Espanyol x Huesca (5.00); draw (3.60)
Saturday, 23 February
(1.70) Getafe x Rayo Vallecano (5.50); draw (3.60)
(3.50) Sevilla x Barcelona (1.95); draw (4.00)
(2.30) Alaves x Celta Vigo (3.20); draw (3.30)
(2.15) Athletic Bilbao x Eibar (3.60); draw (3.30)
Sunday, 24 February
(2.80) Leganes x Valencia (2.70); draw (3.10)
(1.57) Atletico Madrid x Villarreal (7.00); draw (3.75)
(2.70) Valladolid x Real Betis (2.75); draw (3.20)
(5.25) Levante x Real Madrid (1.53); draw (4.75)
Monday, 25 February
(2.37) Girona x Real Sociedad (3.00); draw (3.20)