Second place in the league is still up for grabs for Real Madrid, who thumped Celta Vigo 6-0 last weekend, but in order to get it they would have to better anything that Atletico Madrid manage in their final match. This is a tough game though for Madrid who make the trip to Villarreal who are in good form at the moment having won four of their last five games and are looking to hold on to fifth place.
Villarreal 29/20, Real Madrid 31/20, Draw 11/4* (Betting Odds taken at 9:37 p.m. on May 14th, 2018)
Villarreal have won their last three home games in La Liga and so could carry a threat here and their last one at El Madrigal was a success over fourth-placed Valencia. Overall this season they have gone W11 D2 L5 for the season on home soil and they have beaten Atletico Madrid there was well this season. Aside from losing their two games against Barcelona, they have handled themselves really well against the current top four having gone W4 D1 L2 in their seven matches against them so far. So they are worth backing to get something out of this game and The Yellow Submarine have averaged 1.8 goals per game at home this season and have taken a clean sheet in a third of their fixtures. Of the goals that they have conceded this season on home soil 65% of them have been after the half time break so the half time draw at bet365 for 7/4 odds looks* (Betting Odds taken at 9:37 p.m. on May 14th, 2018) a decent punt. Home and away combined they have scored in each of their last seven matches in the Spanish top flight and have great threats up top through Carlos Bacco and Cedric Bakambu.
All Real Madrid can do is win and hope that Atletico Madrid slips up in their final game in the race for second place. Real Madrid are W10 D5 L3 away from the Bernabeu this season and their form is pretty patchy at the moment. They are W3 D3 L1 in their last seven league games and are muddling along without Cristiano Ronaldo. They did alright last weekend as they hammered Celta Vigo 6-0 at the Bernabeu. They are without a win in their last two away games though (D1 L1) and they conceded at least two goals in each of those losses as well. Over 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 1/4 odds so not really worth much of a look in, so in the bet365 correct score market a Villarreal 2-1 option is a short 10/1 price* (Betting Odds taken at 9:37 p.m. on May 14th, 2018) which could well appeal. Los Merengues only have the one clean sheet in their last seven games but they have scored in each of their last five road fixtures.
Villarreal took a 1-0 win at the Bernabeu back in January and that leaves things even at two wins each and a draw between them in their last five meetings. On home soil Villereal are W1 D2 L2 in their last five games against Real madrid. Both teams have scored in just two of the last five meetings. There was a tight scrap between them last season at El Madrigal with Real taking a 3-2 victory.
Real Madrid need to come out and play for second but that may leave them vulnerable at the back. Villarreal did a great job against them at the Bernabeu and with their current home form can get the better of them again. Home win.
17th May 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
It is why football is such a great game. Barcelona were just two games from completing a historic unbeaten season. They had just come through tough games against Villarreal and Real Madrid and then their streak fell down against Levante on the weekend, a side just above the drop zone. Barcelona still have the title in their bag but it was a shock loss for them. Real Sociedad are playing for nothing.
Barcelona 1/4, Draw 5/1, Real Sociedad 9/1 (Betting Odds taken at 8:05 p.m. on May 14th, 2018)
So the pressure of the unbeaten season is off Barcelona after that crazy 5-4 loss at Levante on the weekend. You won’t see a worse defensive performance ever from them and they were 5-1 down at one point and in the end, couldn’t come up with an equaliser in the last twenty minutes. They didn’t have Lionel Messi playing as they took a crazy risk and rested him. Philippe Coutinho netted a hattrick in the game though and was brilliant for the Catalans. But Messi should be back in the starting line up for their final game of the term and will head up the bet365 first goalscorer market. Barcelona’s home record is W15 D3 L0 for the season and they have scored in each of their last seven. They thumped Villarreal 5-1 in their last home game and have scored at least two goals in each of their last five at the Nou Camp. They have conceded a lot of goals lately and in the bet365 correct score market a Barcelona 3-1 at 9/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 8:05 p.m. on May 14th, 2018). Both teams have scored in each of Barcelona’s last eight league games.
So both teams to score at bet365 is at 2/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 8:05 p.m. on May 14th, 2018) and as there is nothing riding on this game it is worth looking for goals and over 4.5 goals is as short as 10/11 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 8:05 p.m. on May 14th, 2018). Real Sociedad start the game in mid-table and they have won five of their last seven games played (L2). The two defeats in that sequence though were in their last two away games, suffering defeats at the relegated Malaga and then seventh-placed Sevilla. Sociedad have some shocking away form on the board this season with a W4 D4 L10 record and they have won just one of their last fourteen road games. So it’s unlikely they are going to break out a win in this one and they have lost at each of the other top five this season but did score in each of those defeats. Sociedad have averaged just over a goal per game on their travels and have managed a clean sheet in just over a quarter of their road games. Points may be hard to come by in this one for them.
When the two met earlier this season back in January, Barcelona collected a 4-2 away win over Sociedad and that is a five-match unbeaten streak that they are on against them at the moment home and away in the league. Each of the last three meetings in all competitions have produced at least five goals in them. Barcelona are on a 21 match winning streak at home against Sociedad in all competitions and that is from 23 previous times they have hosted them (W22 D1).
Barcelona will be hurting from that loss against Levante last weekend and they were shockingly poor at the back. So it’s worth backing goals to flow at the Nou Camp in this one so look for a home win & over 3.5 goals.
17th May 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Real Madrid survived a bitter El Clasico duel with Barcelona on the weekend, Gareth Bale rescuing a point for them at the Nou Camp against the champions. While the point in a draw didn’t matter really the big worry was that Cristiano Ronaldo went off injured. Sevilla are playing for a top-seven finish and nothing more and they would need three points to move up above Getafe into seventh.
Real Madrid even money, Draw 14/5, Sevilla 23/10* (Betting Odds taken at 3:35 a.m. on May 6th, 2018)
There has not been much form from Sevilla lately. They did get a win on the board at home on the weekend as they beat Real Sociedad. That snapped a seven-match winless streak that they were on (D3 L4). Sevilla have produced a home record of W9 D5 L3 this season and they are W1 D2 L1 in their last four home fixtures. They have scored exactly two goals in three for their last five home games so both teams to score at bet365 is at 2/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:07 a.m. on May 6th, 2018). Sevilla have averaged 1.6 goals per game at home this season and only 41% of their home fixtures have made it over 2.5 goals. They have done pretty well at the back taking a clean sheet in 47% of their home games so with Real Madrid not really playing for anything then there would be an opportunity for the home side to get something out of this. 67% of Sevilla’s home goals this term have been netted in the second half of games. A half-time draw wager may be a decent proposition.
Gareth Bale secured a point for Real Madrid at the Nou Camp against ten-man Barcelona on the weekend, but he was lucky to not have seen red after a shocker of a tackle on Samuel Umtiti. Real Madrid starts midweek in third place in the table four points clear of Valencia behind them with two games in hand. They have already secured a top-four finish this season, so they are more likely going to be resting up and trying to keep players fit for their UEFA Champions League Final match against Liverpool later this month. Los Merengues are W10 D5 L2 for the season away from home in La Liga and they are W3 D1 in their last four road games, scoring at least two goals in each. Over 3.5 goals at bet365 is at even money* (Betting Odds taken at 11:07 a.m. on May 6th, 2018) and this game may not have too much trouble getting there. Madrid average over two goals per away game this season on their travels, but clean sheets have been a struggle for them. They have taken a clean sheet in just 24% of their matches away from the Bernabeu which isn’t good. If Ronaldo, who went off injured at the Nou Camp at half time on the weekend, is out injured, will Bale be able to step into the spotlight?
Real Madrid were easy 5-0 winners at the Bernabeu back in December against Sevilla. That leaves them with back to back wins over them. They did lose at Sevilla last season though in the league, going down 2-1 and in the last five meetings in La Liga between the two clubs, Real Madrid are W3 L2, both losses being in their last two away games.
Sevilla are not in great form but with Real Madrid having one eye ahead in terms of injuries to the Champions League there could be an opportunity for the home side to sneak a point.
7th May 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Barcelona will go in search of edging closer to completing a full unbeaten season in La Liga. They played out an ill-tempered 2-2 draw with rivals Real Madrid on the weekend, having to get through the second half with ten men. They will be facing a Villarreal side who have found a bit of form with a three-match winning streak going.
Barcelona 3/10, Draw 9/2, Villarreal 15/2* (Betting Odds taken at 3:35 a.m. on May 6th, 2018)
Barcelona would have been happy to have settled for the 2-2 draw against Real Madrid on the weekend under the circumstances. They lost Sergi Roberto just before half time to a red card with the score at 1-1. Despite that Lionel Messi put them ahead in the second half but they couldn’t hold out for the three points. It doesn’t really matter. Barcelona have won the league and they are trying to close in on the history of completing the season unbeaten something which has never been done in the modern era of La Liga. Barcelona are W14 D3 at home this season in the league and after this one, they face two bottom half of the table sides to close out the season with. Get through this and they should close out the term without defeat. A Barcelona/Barcelona half-time/ full-time bet for 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:07 a.m. on May 6th, 2018) is a good option at bet365 as the Blaugrana have been leading at half time in 12 of their 17 home games. Lionel Messi is the top scorer for the season in La Liga and Barcelona to win to nil will appeal too as they have won 53% of their home games to nil.
There is a lot riding on this game for Villarreal who are only two points out of fifth place in the league. This is their game in hand over fifth-placed Real Betis so could make a move if they can dig out a win, which isn’t going to be easy. Villarreal are on a three-match winning streak at the moment, all of those were home games though and their last one was against fourth-placed Valencia on the weekend. So that was a good result. Their away form is not up to much at the moment as they are only W1 D2 L2 in their last five on the road. Their away record overall this season is W6 D4 L7 so average at best and they have averaged just a goal per game on their travels. Four of their seven defeats away from home this season have been by a one-goal margin only and Barcelona to win by a one-goal margin at bet365 is at 3/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:07 a.m. on May 6th, 2018). 67% of the goals that they have conceded away from home this term have come in the second half of matches. Even though they are in form, taking a win at the Nou Camp may be out of their reach.
Barcelona were 2-0 winners over Villarreal earlier this season and that leaves them with back to back wins over them. Barcelona are undefeated in their last nineteen games against Villarreal in all competitions. They are on a seven-match winning streak at the Nou Camp against them.
Barcelona are not likely to let things slip now at this stage of the season. The fact that they still took the lead against Real Madrid with ten men and weren’t beaten says a lot about them. Look for them to edge this one at the Nou Camp
7th May 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
A bit of shine has been rubbed off of El Clasico on the weekend. Barcelona have already won the league title and Real Madrid are more interested in European action having moved through to the final of the Champions League in midweek. But what is at stake is pride and Barcelona’s unbeaten record for the season. Can the Catalans keep it intact?
Barcelona 4/6, Draw 7/2, Real Madrid 16/5* (Betting Odds taken at 4:51 p.m. on May 2nd, 2018)
A hat-trick from Lionel Messi helped Barcelona wrap up the league title last weekend. It has been a cakewalk for them and they are at W26 D8 L0 for the season overall. They are just four games from completing a historic unbeaten season and their next two games, this one against Madrid and then at home against Villarreal could make or break that. Barcelona’s home form is W14 D2 and they are on a five-match winning streak on home soil having scored at least two goals in four of those five games. 50% of their home games Barcelona have won with a clean sheet and with bet365 Barca to win to nil is at 3/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:51 p.m. on May 2nd, 2018). Barcelona have conceded just the eight goals at home this season, while they have averaged 2.8 goals per game themselves. They have also been ahead at half time in twelve home fixtures which could lend value to a Barcelona/Barcelona half time/ full-time punt. They have only failed to score in one home game this season and Lionel Messi has scored 19 of his 32 goals this season in La Liga at the Nou Camp. At this point, avoiding defeat would probably leave Barcelona happy enough.
Real Madrid have bigger focus elsewhere after not having been in the league title race at all this season. It’s fair to say that they aren’t playing all that well and they are W2 D2 in their last four league games, albeit distracted by their Champions League progress. Their last two league wins have both been by a 2-1 margin, while the two drawn matches in their last four were both 1-1 ties. Their defence hasn’t been good and offensively they have been carried by Cristiano Ronaldo. The 1-1 draw in the bet365 correct score market is at 17/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:51 p.m. on May 2nd, 2018) but with Barcelona carrying a clear edge over their rivals at the moment then a Barcelona 2-1 may appeal at 15/2* (Betting Odds taken at 4:51 p.m. on May 2nd, 2018). Real Madrid’s away record is at W10 D4 L2 for the season and they are on a three-match winning streak on their travels. They have averaged just over two goals per game away but have conceded at just over a goal per game. They have managed a clean sheet in just a quarter of their away games.
Barcelona eased to a 3-0 win at the Bernabeu when the two met in the league earlier this season. They did also meet up in the Spanish Super Cup just before the start of the season and Real Madrid won that 5-1 on aggregate. Looking specifically at the last seven league meetings, Barcelona are W4 D1 L2 against their great rivals. Their form on home soil in the league has seen Barcelona take just one point from their last two at the Nou Camp against Real Madrid though. Both teams have scored in seven of the last nine meetings. Eleven of the last thirteen meetings in all competitions have produced at least three goals.
Barcelona are clearly better and more together than Real Madrid are at the moment. The fluency of the home side, plus a bit of an emotional day as it will be the last El Clasico for Andres Iniesta, is likely to inspire Barca to get the win. They have that unbeaten form to defend so are going to be more fired up and fresher too.
3rd May 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Barcelona can collect the league title this weekend. They were out last weekend thumping Sevilla in the final of the Copa del Rey and now it’s back to league duty for them. Deportivo are looking as if they are going to be suffering relegation this season and this game could be a thankless task for them.
Barcelona 1/3, Draw 4/1, Deportivo La Coruña 15/2* (betting odds taken on April 24th, 2018 at 3:48 a.m.)
Deportivo are floundering in the drop zone still but have shown a bit of fight lately having put together a four-match undefeated streak of form (W2 D2). They have lost just one of their last six now and their home form has seen them avoid defeat in their last five (W1 D4). Overall their home record is just W4 D6 L7 for the season and they have scored 18 goals in their 17 home games. They have picked up a clean sheet in just 24% of their home games and they are naturally going to come under some pressure in this one. They have scored just the seven opening goals all season and so they are likely to fall behind in this one. They go into the game nine points away from safety with just the twelve to play for. They aren’t likely to get anything out of this one and so they could be relegated this weekend. In the bet365 correct score market a Barcelona 2-0 is at 7/1 odds* (betting odds taken on April 24th, 2018 at 3:48 a.m.).
Barcelona could get their hands on the league title this weekend in contrast. They skipped league action last weekend to go out and with the Copa del Rey against Sevilla in emphatic style. Back in La Liga Barcelona are still on course to close out the season undefeated and they hold a W11 D6 L0 record away from home in the top flight. Barcelona are 6/4 at bet365 to win to nil* (betting odds taken on April 24th, 2018 at 3:48 a.m.) and that’s a decent enough option against a side in the relegation zone. Their next game is against Real Madrid and the Catalans would probably like to try and get the title wrapped up before then. Barcelona have averaged 2.2 goals per away game this season and they have taken a clean sheet in 53% of their away games, conceding just 11 goals in total. Luis Suarez is their top scorer away from home this season with thirteen goals.
Barcelona were big 4-0 winners at home against Deportivo earlier this season. They did, however, lose on the road to them last season 2-1. That is Barcelona’s only defeat in their last fifteen games against Deportivo in all competitions (W10 D4 L1). Barcelona have won five of their last six trips to Deportivo, scoring at least three goals in each of those wins.
Barcelona are good enough to go and collect the win in this one and with the finish line in sight they are probably going to try and get over the finish line. Deportivo are no particular threat and don’t have the defence to stand up to Barca. A Barcelona 2-0 correct score looks around the right mark.
27th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Everything is pretty academic for Real Madrid now on the league front and their clear interest is in trying to defend their Champions League title. They drew for the second time in their last three league games over the weekend as Athletic Bilbao held them. They face Leganes this weekend who aren’t carrying too much away form with them.
Real Madrid 1/5, Draw 11/2, Leganes 12/1* (betting odds taken on April 24th, 2018 at 3:48 a.m.)
With their Champions League endeavours, Real Madrid probably aren’t going to go full force at this. They played out a 1-1 draw at home against Athletic Bilbao last weekend, their second 1-1 home tie in a row. In the bet365 correct score market, a 1-1 result is a big 12/1 shot with the shortest priced option being a 2-0 home win at 13/2* (betting odds taken on April 24th, 2018 at 3:48 a.m.). Los Merengues are unbeaten in their last seven league games at the Bernabeu and they are on a seven-match scoring streak there. They have conceded in each of their last four though on home soil and overall this season have managed a clean sheet in less than a third of their home fixtures. Real Madrid have produced an average of 2.7 goals per home game and 47% of their league home games have gone over 3.5 goals. Leganes aren’t a threat though and Real Madrid won’t have a lot of interest so under 3.5 goals is a 4/6 option* (betting odds taken on April 24th, 2018 at 3:48 a.m.) for the game instead.
While Leganes have been going along decently enough on home soil, their away form is pretty miserable. They are on a five-match losing streak away from home in the Spanish top flight and they are without a win in their last thirteen away games. Their overall away record is just W3 D3 L11 for the season. They have come up with only the twelve goals on their travels so far and from their nine games away from home against current top-ten sides, they have managed just the one point. It’s unlikely that they are going to get anything out of this and they have shipped at least two goals in each of their last five road games now. Of the away goals that they have managed to get on the board, 93% of them have come in the second half of matches. It does actually look like a decent enough chance to back Real Madrid to actually win to nil which is at even money with bet365* (betting odds taken on April 24th, 2018 at 3:48 a.m.).
This will be the fourth meeting between the two this season. Real Madrid took a league away win over Leganes just back in February but that was after trading away wins with them in the two legs of their Copa del Rey meeting. Real Madrid have won six of the seven previous (L1) games against Leganes in all competitions.
Real Madrid aren’t going to be too interested in his game at all with the Champions League duties around. There is nothing to play for in this one but Leganes just aren’t there with their away form, so back the home side to still take the win, maybe by a one goal margin only.
26th April 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Barcelona set a new record for the longest unbeaten streak of form in La Liga by making it 39 games without a loss. Thirty-two of them have been this season. They haven’t wrapped up the league title though as they start in midweek eleven points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid with 18 to play for. Celta Vigo are hovering around in mid-table and suffered a loss on the road at Leganes on the weekend.
Barcelona 7/10, Draw 14/5, Celta Vigo 15/4* (Betting Odds taken at 7:01 p.m. on April 15th, 2018)
Celta Vigo are just having a mixed time of things at the moment with a W2 D2 L2 record in their last six games. Over the weekend they took a 1-0 loss away at Leganes leaving them with just the one win in their last five league outings. At home this season they are W7 D5 L3 and do have a bit of form going. They are unbeaten in seven home league games, winning three of their last four and their last one was a bit success against Sevilla. They have only lost two of their seven games at home against sides in the top half of the table currently. They have averaged 1.7 goals per home game which is a steady return while they have conceded at just over a goal per game at home. They have taken back to back clean sheets at home and under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 7/5 odds* (betting odds taken on April 16th, 2018 at 3:23 p.m.). Three of their last four league games have ended under the goal line.
Barcelona are marching towards the league title and came through a stiff test at home last weekend as they beat Valencia 2-1. They are W11 D5 this season out on the road but only played out a 2-2 draw in their last away game which was at Sevilla. They have actually alternated between a draw and a win in their last six away fixtures. If the sequence carries on, they are due for a win. Barcelona have failed to take a clean sheet in their last three league games, but have two in their last four away from home. In the bet365 correct score market, a 1-1 at 13/2 odds* (betting odds taken on April 16th, 2018 at 3:23 p.m.) is the shortest-priced option available with a 2-1 win for Barca at 15/2* (betting odds taken on April 16th, 2018 at 3:23 p.m.). Barcelona have averaged 2.25 goals per away game and they have scored in all sixteen of their road games this season and at least two in their last five league games (home and away). They have done tremendously well at the back conceding just 0.56 goals per away game on average.
This will be the fourth meeting between them this season as they were paired up in the Copa del Rey. From those meetings, Barcelona have taken one win and two draws, one of those draws a 1-1 at Celta Vigo. Barcelona lost his corresponding fixture last season and have lost their last two league away visits to Celta. In the last five La Liga meetings, Barcelona are W2 D1 L2 against Celta Vigo.
Barcelona can grab another three points in this one to edge them closer to the finish line. They have no Champions League action to focus on, so can just throw everything and completing the domestic league title. Away win and to nil as well.
16th April 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Real Madrid collected an away win at Malaga on the weekend, but still, their defence couldn’t keep a clean sheet. They are playing for nothing in the top flight now aside from a finishing position inside the top four. Athletic Bilbao are just churning out a mixed bag of results and can’t nail down consistency. That keeps them around mid-table.
Real Madrid 1/5, Draw 6/1, Athletic Bilbao 10/1* (Betting Odds taken at 7:01 p.m. on April 15th, 2018)
Real Madrid are six games unbeaten in the Spanish top flight at the moment (W5 D1) after a 2-1 win at Malaga on the weekend. They rested a lot of their usual starters, including Cristiano Ronaldo for that one against the bottom side. They get back to the Bernabeu in midweek where they are unbeaten in six, dropping only the two points in that sequence. They have scored in each of those last six, but their defence has had troubles collecting clean sheets this season and they have shipped in each of their last three at home. Both teams to score with William Hill is at 13/20 odds* (betting odds taken on April 16th, 2018 at 3:23 p.m.) as Los Merengues do only have one clean sheet in their last seven league games home and away. Their goal output has been high as you would expect with 45 goals in 16 home games. 50% of their home games have made it over 3.5 goals this season and that is at 5/6 odds with William Hill* (betting odds taken on April 16th, 2018 at 3:23 p.m.) to happen again in this one.
Athletic Bilbao suffered a 2-3 home loss against Deportivo on the weekend and they have just been all over the place without any consistency. They are W2 D1 L3 in their last six games and so aren’t reliable at all. They have conceded in eight of their last nine league games now and out on the road they have produced a W4 D4 L8 record for the season. Athletic Bilbao have scored 19 goals in 16 away games this season but they are without a clean sheet in any of their last seven on the road, so that’s the kind of thing that is likely to hurt them. In the William Hill correct score market a Real Madrid 2-0 option is at 15/2 odds* (betting odds taken on April 16th, 2018 at 3:23 p.m.). Athletic Bilbao have failed to score four of their last five road games actually, but still, Real Madrid’s defence can’t be trusted at the moment. A tough away game for Athletic Bilbao here and 69% of their games this season in the Spanish top flight have finished with under 2.5 goals in them.
When the two met earlier in the season there was a 0-0 draw played out between them, so that extended Real Madrid’s unbeaten form against Atletico Bilbao to five (W4 D1). So it’s pretty good form and Los Merengues are on a twelve-match winning streak at home against them in all competitions. Both teams have scored in four of the last five meetings.
Real Madrid rested some of their big players on the weekend, so they should be stronger and fresher for this one. It should be a routine enough home win for them, but still, back both teams to score in a home win.
16th April 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Barcelona are closing in on the league title now after taking another win last weekend. This is actually a tougher game for them as they take on third-placed Valencia at the Nou Camp. Valencia are absolutely steaming along at the moment on a five-match winning streak. Could they be the first to beat the Catalans in La Liga this season?
Barcelona 2/7, Draw 5/1, Valencia 15/2* (Betting Odds taken at 04:08 a.m. on April 10th, 2018)
Barcelona eased to a 3-1 home win over Leganes last weekend to edge closer to the league title. That extended their unbeaten form for the season and they moved on to a four-match winning streak at home to boot. Barcelona’s form at the Nou Camp this season is W13 D2 L0. Not too shabby then. Barcelona have also been leading at half time in eleven of their fifteen home fixtures this season, but they are likely going to have to be a little patient in this one against the in-form Valencia. Under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 15/8 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:38 p.m. on April 10th, 2018). That’s usually the way in this top clashes and their other two home games against sides currently in the top five this season both ended under the goal line. Barcelona did only manage a draw out at Valencia earlier this season and the 1-1 option in the correct score market is at 11/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:38 p.m. on April 10th, 2018).
Valencia are going very well at the moment with a five-match winning streak behind them and they have won eight of their last nine (L1). So they are well back in form right now and are challenging for second place. Away from home, they have gone W8 D3 L4 and they have gone W3 D1 in their last four road games, keeping a clean sheet in their last two. They do pose a threat going forward as they have averaged 1.7 goals per away game this season and they have netted in each of their last four road games. Each of their last three away games have ended under 2.5 goals so again, this could be tight. But they do look as if they can go and make a game of this and both teams to score at bet365 is at 7/10 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:38 p.m. on April 10th, 2018) and well worth considering. Granted that only two games in their nine-match unbeaten streak have been against sides in the top half of the table, they should be confident enough to challenge for a point.
These two have already met three times this season with Barcelona taking a W2 D1 record from those three meetings. Among that, they took a 1-0 home win over Valencia in the Copa del Rey. Barcelona are unbeaten in their last five games against Valencia in all competitions, winning four of those. Three of those four wins in that sequence have been by a one-goal margin only though.
Valencia’s form is good and Barcelona don’t even have to get into top gear to get themselves the title this season. There may be an opportunity, especially with the Catalans having their confidence rocked with a midweek Champions League exit, for the visitors to pinch a point.
11th April 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting