Monday night’s La Liga action sees Sociedad looking for points to haul themselves into the top half of the table. They snapped a big losing streak last time out by collecting a win. The same can be said of Espanyol who also bust out a win last weekend to haul themselves out of a slump. Read our Sociedad v Espanyol betting tips for more.
Real Sociedad 19/20
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 13th, 2019 at 8:27 p.m.)
Real Sociedad produced a 2-0 away win at Real Madrid on the weekend
They were on a four-match losing streak in La Liga prior to that
Sociedad home form for the term is W1 D3 L4
They have lost back to back home games in their current home form
Real Sociedad have produced only six goals at home this season
They have shipped nine on home soil though with only two clean sheets
Surprisingly 50% of their home games have managed to finish above 2.5 goals
All four of their home defeats this season have been by a one-goal margin
Sociedad have been trailing at the half time break in four of their eight home games
They have opened the scoring in just three of their home fixtures
With six points, they have the worst home record in La Liga currently
Remarkably though they have the second-best away record
Things are even with one win each and two draws in the last four league meetings
Both teams have scored in five of the last six La Liga clashes
Sociedad are winless in three league home games against Espanyol (D2 L1)
Espanyol have no clean sheet in their last six against Sociedad
Espanyol recorded a 1-0 home win over Leganes in their first league game of the new year
The snapped a terrible six-match losing streak they were on
Espanyol have scored in two for their last five games only
Overall this season their away record is W1 D3 L5
They are unbeaten on the road against sides currently in the bottom half of the table (W1 D3)
They are on a three-match losing streak on the road and are winless in four
Less than half of their road games have gone over 2.5 goals
Espanyol have actually been leading at half time in six of their away games (D2 L1)
They have conceded 11 of their 13 away goals after the halftime break
Espanyol have scored all but one of their away goals this season in the first period of matches
Only bottom side Huesca have earned fewer away points than Espanyol have
There doesn’t appear as if there is going to be too much between them at the end of the day. The recent head to head suggests that as well and another 1-1 draw in this fixture doesn’t look out of the picture.
12th January 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Real Madrid suffered a shock defeat last time out in La Liga which left them ten points adrift of leaders Barcelona. Can they get back on their feet? This isn’t going to be the easiest of clashes for them as Real Betis are only one place beneath them in the standings. The two have identical records over their last six league games. Read our Real Betis v Real Madrid betting tips for more.
Real Madrid evens
Real Betis 12/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 13th, 2019 at 8:27 p.m.)
Real Betis returned to league action after the winter break with a loss at bottom side Huesca
They have gone W4 D1 L2 in their last seven games
During that run of seven games, there was a stunning 4-3 win over Barcelona from them
Overall this season on home soil in La Liga Betis are W4 D3 L2
They have produced eleven goals at home, conceding ten
Just 33% of their league home games have gone over 2.5 goals
Real Betis have earned a clean sheet in 44% of their home games this season
They are currently undefeated in their last four at home (W2 D2)
Three of their four home wins this season have been by a one-goal margin
Real Betis are on an eight-match scoring streak (home and away)
They have scored eight of their home goals this season in the second half of matches
Real Betis have opened the scoring in six of their nine home fixtures
The two teams traded league away wins last season
Real Betis have won one of their last nine against Madrid
Both teams have scored in four of the last five meetings
Seven of the last nine meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Real Madrid suffered a 2-0 home loss against Betis on their return to league action
They have gone W3 D1 L2 in their last six La Liga outings
Their away form for the season in the Spanish top flight is only W3 D2 L4
Real Madrid have collected two wins in their last seven on the road (D1 L4)
They have totalled 13 goals on their travels this season
67% of their road games have made it over 2.5 goals
44% of their away games in La Liga have gone above 3.5 goals
Home and away combined, four of their last five games have ended under 2.5 goals
They have conceded an average rate of 2 goals per away game though
It has been just the one clean sheet for Real Madrid away from home this season
Just twice this season have Real Madrid opened the scoring in an away game
Only three times have they been leading at the half time break in fixtures
Real Madrid have been unreliable on the road all season. Because of that and because of their recent results, there doesn’t appear to be too much wrong with having a look at the Betis – Draw Double Chance option.
12th January 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Barcelona opened up a five-point lead at the top of La Liga last weekend as they collected yet another win. They face up to Eibar on Sunday at the Nou Camp looking to make it six straight league victories. Eibar are in the bottom half of the table with a four-match drawing sequence going. Read our Barcelona v Eibar betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 13th, 2019 at 8:30 p.m.)
Barcelona returned after the winter break and recorded a 2-1 away win at Getafe
That was their fifth straight La Liga victory
Barcelona have conceded just the one goal in their last five games played
Their overall home record this season is W6 D2 L1 in the Spanish top flight
Barca have averaged 3.3 goals per home game this term
56% of fixtures at the Nou Camp have ended over 3.5 goals
Barcelona have won their last two league home games, both 2-0 wins
In total, they have taken a clean sheet in three of their nine home games
The Catalans have been leading at half time in five of their home games
They have scored in each and every league game played this term
Barca have scored at least two goals in each of their last five league games
Of the goals which they have scored at home this season, 63% of them have been in the second half of games
Barcelona are the top scorers in La Liga this season
The Catalans have won all 8 previous meetings with Eibar
They have scored at least three goals in six of their eight previous
Barcelona have scored at least three goals in each of their four home games against Eibar
Eibar have failed to score in five of their eight previous contests against Barcelona
It looks on the surface to be a tough game for Eibar who are winless in five
They drew 0-0 against Villarreal last weekend
That was their fourth straight draw in the Spanish top flight
Overall away from home this season they are just W1 D3 L4
To their credit, they have lost only one of their last eight games (W2 D5)
In total, they have managed only five road goals this season
Eibar have conceded an average of 1.5 goals per away fixtures
Only 25% of their league games have gone over 2.5 goals
Their record at half time away from home is W5 L3 this season
Just twice they have opened the scoring in an away game
Only Huesca have a worse away record in La Liga than Eibar currently
Barcelona should be able to collect a fairly comfortable home win in this one. They have a big head to head record against Eibar and current form. Backing Barcelona to win to nil will run with some appeal for Sunday’s game.
11th January 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Barcelona returns to action after the winter break and they are looking for their fifth straight Premier League win. They will be hoping to get caught cold in this one as they face a Getafe side who have proven to be hard to beat. They are sitting just outside of the top six and unbeaten in five. Read our Getafe v Barcelona betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on 3rd January 2019 at 10:16 p.m.)
Getafe are unbeaten in their last five league games with a W2 D3 record
They earned a 1-1 draw at Girona in their final game before the winter break
Their home form for the season is W4 D1 L3
They have managed just the eight goals in those eight home games
Getafe have shipped only the four goals on home soil this season
Just one of their home games in La Liga have made it over 2.5 goals
They have won their last two games at home, clean sheet wins over Espanyol and Real Sociedad
They have taken a clean sheet in 62% of their home games
Each of the four wins on home soil this season they have earned have been with a clean sheet
They have been level at the halftime break in five of their eight home fixtures (W2 L1)
Getafe have scored in each of their last five league games
75% of their home goals scored this season have been in the second period of games
They have conceded three of their four home goals after the halftime break as well
Barcelona took a 2-1 win in last season’s corresponding fixture
Getafe are winless in thirteen games against Barcelona
Barcelona have five clean sheets in their last six against Getafe
Getafe are just W3 D6 L21 in their head to head against Barca
The Catalans are on a four-match winning streak in La Liga
They went into the winter break on the back of a 2-0 home win over Celta Vigo
Barcelona have not conceded in any of their last four home games
Their away form for the season is W5 D2 L1 in the league
Their output of goals is at 18 in their away games this season
They have conceded just the seven goals on the road
62% of their away games have gone over 2.5 goals
Barcelona have scored a total of nine goals in their last two La Liga away games
They have earned a clean sheet in 38% of road fixtures this season
Lionel Messi scored six goals in his final three games before the winter break
Barcelona’s halftime away form reads W3 D4 L1 this season
They have scored in all seventeen league games this season
They have also netted at least two goals in each of their last four league outings
Barca have opened the scoring in five of their eight road games
Barcelona has a strong record in terms of clean sheets recently against Getafe. They tightened up greatly this season before the winter break. We can only see a Barcelona to win to nil result playing itself out.
5th January 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
The La Liga action starts up for the new year on Thursday night from the El Madrigal as the Yellow Submarines play host to Real Madrid. The first half of the season was poor from Villarreal so can they come out swinging here with a big three points. Real Madrid start eight points behind leaders Barcelona with a game in hand. Read our Villarreal v Real Madrid betting tips for more.
Real Madrid 17/20
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 30th, 2018 at 7:38 p.m.)
In their last game before the winter break, Villarreal were held to a 2-2 draw at bottom side Huesca
It left the Yellow Submarines with just the one win in their last ten league games
They have only managed to win one home game all season (D3 L4)
Villarreal have only managed the seven home goals this season
They have conceded the ten on home soil, 80% of them after half time
Villarreal have scored 86% of their home games in the first half of matches
It has led to just 38% of their home fixtures having gone above 2.5 goals
Villarreal have only managed one home clean sheet this season
They are nine points worse off than they were at this stage last season
All four of their home losses this season have been by a one-goal margin
They have yet to be leading at the break in any home game this term
In seven of their eight home fixtures, Villarreal have been level at half time
Villarreal have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last ten league games
They return to action third from bottom, a point from safety
There was a 2-2 tie in this corresponding fixture last season
Villarreal have lost just one of the last four against Real Madrid (D2 L1)
Villarreal are W1 D1 L1 in their last three at home against Real
Real Madrid are W12 D11 L4 in their history against Villarreal
Real Madrid won their last three league games before the winter break
Each of those wins were with a clean sheet as well
Los Merengues are W5 L1 in their last six La Liga outings
Their overall away record this season is only W3 D1 L4
They have lost four of their last six on the road in La Liga
They have tallied just the eleven goals on their travels so far
62% of their away games have made it over 2.5 goals
Real Madrid have won their last two away games, scoring five goals
Los Merengues have only managed the one clean sheet away from the Bernabeu
In four of their eight away games, Real Madrid have been losing at half time
They have scored 73% of their away goals in the second half of matches
Just twice this season have Los Merengues opened the scoring in an away game
It has been poor form Villarreal this season and until there is reason to suggest different is coming in their current form, the away win has to be the leading proposition here. Given the clean sheets they took before the break, it’s Real Madrid to win to nil.
1st January 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
This is the final chance for Rayo Vallecano to grab some precious survival points before the winter break. They are in a spot of bother sitting second from bottom and five points away from safety. Can they take their chance at home against Levante who have won just one of their last six? Read our Rayo Vallecano v Levante betting tips for more.
Rayo Vallecano 11/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 21st, 2018 at 5:28 p.m.)
Rayo Vallecano need to come up with some points in this clash. They have only managed to come up with two league wins this season in the Spanish top flight. The one which they took at home was in their last home fixture when they banked a 1-0 home win over Eibar. That win leaves them with a fairly positive W1 D2 L1 record in their last four league games on home soil.
There has been a trend with them though in regards to their home points. All of their home points earned have been against sides in the bottom half of the table. Levante are sitting in eighth place. Rayo Vallecano have come up with eleven goals at home this season and have conceded a whole bunch more. Rayo Vallecano have conceded an average of 2.3 per game.
They head into the weekend five points away from safety. The last time that these two came together was in the 2016/17 Segunda Division when they traded home win. Vallecano have won their last three in a row against Levante at home and overall home and away have won four of the last six meetings with them. So they will have reason enough to be hopeful going into this one.
But still, they are taking on a good side here in Levante, who have only suffered two defeats in their last ten league outings. One of those was last weekend against Barcelona which is excusable. Away from home Levante are unbeaten in five games with a W2 D3 record and so they are not going to be a pushover They have scored an average of 1.75 goals per away game.
Levante are in the top eight in La Liga and only two of the other top eight have scored more goals than they have done. Will, they scoring threat be a big factor in this clash? On the negative side, after their 5-0 loss against Barcelona last weekend, it has left them with the worst defensive record in La Liga outside of the current bottom two.
The draw in the match outright at 27/10* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 21st, 2018 at 5:28 p.m.) is our prediction. Levante haven’t been picking up the away wins and Vallecano have done alright at home recently and could be buoyed after that success against Eibar.
22nd December 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Little doubt about the big clash of the weekend from continental Europe. It is all eyes on the top of La Liga as leaders Barcelona taken on third-placed Atletico. Barca are just the one point ahead of their challenges and suffered a shock defeat before the international break. Can Atletico make the most of home advantage? Read our Atletico Madrid v Barcelona betting tips for more.
Atletico Madrid 21/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 19th, 2018 at 10:48 p.m.)
Atletico Madrid collected a 3-2 home success over Athletic Bilbao in their last league game. It leaves them on a big nine-match stretch of unbeaten form in La Liga (W4 D5). They have been their usual resilient and tough selves, earning a clean sheet in four their six home fixtures. Atletico Madrid are 4/1 odds to win to nil in this one* (betting odds taken on November 20th, 2018 at 7:01 pm). On home soil, they have eleven goals in their six game s, shipping just the three in total.
Their form at the Metropolitano is W5 D1 from their six played. They have won their last four on home soil in the league. Just 33% of their home games have made it over 2.5 goals. This weekend’s fixture there is 8/11 to go under 2.5 goals* (betting odds taken on November 20th, 2018 at 7:01 pm). Atletico have scored 64% of their home games after the halftime break in matches this season. They have come up with a goal in each of their home games as well this term. They have scored at least two goals in their last two home games.
There was a 1-1 draw in last season’s corresponding fixture
Both teams have scored in eight of the last ten meetings in all competitions
Barca are unbeaten in six games against Atletico (W3 D3) in all competitions
Barca have won three of their last four league games at Atletico
Barcelona had a really strange game at home against Real Betis before the international break as they lost 3-4. They had been running on a three-match winnings streak in La Liga before than, so it was a major upset at the Nou Camp. Still, their scoring output has been getting much better as they have scored at least three goals in each of their last four league games. They are the top scorers in La Liga. Out on the road in La, Liga Barcelona are W3 D1 L1 for the season. They have won just one of their last three away games though (D1 L1).
Barcelona have only netted eight goals in their five road games so have been nowhere near as prolific as they have been at home. They have shipped over a goal per game on average as well on their travels. Both teams to score is at 19/20 odds* (betting odds taken on November 20th, 2018 at 7:01 pm). Barca have no clean sheet in any of their last four away games. Barcelona have scored in all twelve of their league fixtures this season and 62% of their away goals have come in the second half of games. Barcelona have been leading at halftime in just one away game this season.
Barcelona really haven’t been at their best on their travels and they could have a hard time getting the better of such a good home side that Atletico Madrid are. Given that neither are going to want to lose this in a tight title race, the draw in the match outright looks the best bet.
22nd November 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
This is one of the most anticipated fixtures in European football, but strangely it is missing a little something. There is no Lionel Messi and no Cristiano Ronaldo in this one, the game’s status having been raised in recent times before the personal duels those legends have had. This is still a special fixture and leaders Barcelona will be defending a four-point lead they hold over their rivals. Read our Barcelona v Real Madrid betting tips for more.
Real Madrid 13/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.)
Barcelona head into weekend action at the top of La Liga with a W5 D3 L1 record. They were winless in four before the international break but responded with a 4-2 win over Sevilla on their return to action last weekend. That was a top-two battle them as well. Barcelona will be defending unbeaten home form this season in the league and they have scored at least two goals in all but one of those games.
Over 2.5 goals is at 8/15 odds for the game* (betting odds taken on October 25th, 2018 at 10:23 pm). There are plenty of stats to back that up as 80% of Barcelona’s home games this season have gone over 2.5 goals and 60% of them have made it even further over 3.5 goals. Barcelona themselves have averaged 3.6 goals per home game this season for a total of 18 in four games.
They have had their issues defensively though because after opening with back to back clean sheets, they have not earned one in any of their last seven league games now in the top flight. Both teams to score is at 1/2 odds* (betting odds taken on October 25th, 2018 at 10:23 pm). Of that massive 18 goal tally at the Nou Camp, twelve of them have been in the second half of their matches.
Lionel Messi has a fractured arm so is out and that leaves Luis Suarez at 10/3 odds and as the favourite in the first goalscorer market* (betting odds taken on October 25th, 2018 at 10:23 pm). Given his scoring form, that is a blow for Barca to miss Messi, who is the all-time goal-scoring leader in the history of the Clasico with 26 goals and fourteen assists.
For the first time since 2007, neither Messi or Ronaldo will be appearing in a Clasico
Barcelona have won four of their last six games against Madrid (D1 L1)
In their last four at the Nou Camp against Madrid, Barcelona are W1 D2 L1
Both teams have scored in eight of the last ten league clashes
13 of the last 15 between them in all competitions have produced at least 3 goals in each
Real Madrid are struggling at the moment. In La Liga, they are winless in four with a terrible D1 L3 record including shock losses against Alaves and Levante. They were D1 L4 in all competitions before an unconvincing home win over Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League in midweek. That’s three goals in their last six games in all competitions, and two of those have been from defender Marcelo. Overall Los Blancos are W4 D2 L3 this season and are only W1 D1 L2 away from the Bernabeu.
So with some clear problem in scoring (one goal in four league games) a Barcelona 2-1 correct score is at 15/2 odds* (betting odds taken on October 25th, 2018 at 10:23 pm). The recent head to head still points to Madrid getting on the scoresheet. Los Blancos have faced two for the current top four away from home and have lost both games without scoring. In total, they have come up with five away goals, while they have conceded six goals on their travels.
They don’t have a clean sheet away from the Bernabeu so far and in last season’s campaign after nine games, Real Madrid were six points better off than they currently are. Gareth Bale is their 13/10 shortest priced anytime goalscorer option* (betting odds taken on October 25th, 2018 at 10:23 pm). Just to highlight their lack of scoring this season, they equalised a record last year for scoring in 73 consecutive games. They have failed to score in four of their nine league outings this season.
We can’t look past Barcelona and although Real Madrid are struggling for goals, we are going to back both teams to score here. But Barcelona look in much better shape in terms of depth than their rivals do and heap more misery on Madrid.
26th October 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Barcelona will be back after the international break looking to rediscover their form. They have gone winless in their last four in the top flight and start in second place behind surprise leaders Sevilla. Will the visitors be able to turn up at the Nou Camp and maintain or even extend their lead? Read our Barcelona v Sevilla betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 17th, 2018 at 9:00 p.m.)
Barcelona have slipped to a surprising D3 L1 run of form in their last four games. So they need to really pick themselves up as they return to action. This is a great game in which to do it as they would climb back to the top of the table with a win. Barcelona have drawn their last two home games in the league, games against Girona and Atheltic Bilbao. This is a big period for them because the following weekend they will be meeting with Real Madrid in El Clasico. Barcelona to win by a one-goal margin is at 10/3 odds* (betting odds taken on October 17th, 2018 at 5:17 pm).
The reason that appeals is because is six of their last eleven wins over Sevilla have been by the one goal (all competitions). Barcelona have scored 14 goals at home this season (average 3.5 per game) so they do have the scoring power in them of course. Lionel Messi is the 9/4 first goalscorer favourite* (betting odds taken on October 17th, 2018 at 5:17 pm). He has five league goals in four home appearances this season. Definitely, because the Catalans are conceding at the moment, it is worth looking at both teams to score.
Sevilla have taken everyone by surprise then as they were the leaders at the international break. That was after a four-match winning streak out of the blue. They had only gone W1 D1 L2 in their opening four games of the season. But they have switched on the scoring power and have returned fourteen goals in their last four games. Over 3.5 goals is at 8/11 odds* (betting odds taken on October 17th, 2018 at 5:17 pm). They can challenge here.
Sevilla are W3 L1 in their last four road games, winning their last two. They have averaged over three goals per game away from home this season. This will be their first away game this season against a side in the top six, but they did hammer Real Madrid 3-0 at home back at the end of September. They have scored at least two goals in each of their last four games. Andre Silva, Wissam Ben Yedder are the ones who are firing them along with goals. Given the way they are playing, seeing them cover a +1.50 Asian Handicap looks a great option at 19/20 odds* (betting odds taken on October 17th, 2018 at 5:17 pm).
Barcelona have won four of the last five meetings with Sevilla in all competitions (D1) so they do have the head to head form going. Three of those four wins there were only by a 2-1 scoreline. Each of the last six have produced at least three goals between these two and Barcelona are on a five-match winning streak at home in the league against Sevilla.
We are going to back Barcelona to come up with something in now what is a big game for them. Because of some tight tussles with Sevilla recently, we are going to back the home win by a one goal margin.
18th October 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
There is going to be big pressure on Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui if Real lose this one. They have won just one of their last five games in the league now and are struggling in front of goal. Levante won their last two games before the international break, can they spring a result at the Bernabeu? Read our Real Madrid v Levante betting tips for more.
Real Madrid 1/8
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 17th, 2018 at 9:00 p.m.)
After a bright start, things have gone off the boil for Real Madrid. They have failed to win any of their last three league games and have just a W1 D2 L2 record in their last five. Before the international break, they suffered a 1-0 loss out at Alaves. That leaves them without a goal since Marco Asensio first-half goal against Espanyol back on September 22nd. That includes a run where they lost 1-0 at CSKA Moscow in the Champions League too.
It may be worth a look under 2.5 goals at the moment then for 12/5 odds* (betting odds taken on October 17th, 2018 at 3:07 pm). Real Madrid are unbeaten at home with a W3 D1 record when they have averaged under two goals per game but have conceded only the one. Just one of their four home games this season have made it over 2.5 goals surprisingly. If you are backing Los Blancos then it may well be worth getting behind them to do it to nil for some extended value.
Levante beat Alaves and Getafe back to back before the international break. Both of those were one-goal margin wins moving them on to a W3 D1 L4 record for the season. Their win over Alaves at the end of September snapped a run of one point from five matches that they suffered. Away from home, they are W2 L2 for the season, scoring just two goals in their last three on the road.
A Real Madrid 2-0 correct score option at 15/2 odds* (betting odds taken on October 17th, 2018 at 3:07 pm) does seem to fit the bill nicely here. Levante have scored four of their five away goals in the second half of matches. All three of their away goals conceded have all been in the first fifteen minute period of the second half. It is a good time to be meeting Real Madrid, but can Levante do enough?
Real Madrid have won four of the last six between these two in the Spanish top flight and are unbeaten in that sequence (D2). So they do have the form and each of their last three wins against Levante have been with a clean sheet as well. Real Madrid have scored at least two goals in five of their last six against them.
Even though Real Madrid have had a tough time of things, we are going to back them to come through this game with three points in the bag. Levante did turn their fortunes around before the break, but they have lost both games against current top five sides this season.
17th October 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting