Real Madrid still have a shot at finishing second in La Liga. They go back into action on Monday evening trying to reel in second-placed Atletico. Can Los Merengues put up a late surge of winning form to get themselves there? They are facing a tough home side in this one. Read our Leganes v Real Madrid betting tips for more.
Real Madrid 3/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 12th, 2019 at 11:25 p.m.)
Leganes picked up a 1-1 draw away at Alaves last weekend, their third game without a defeat in the league. Leganes are in pretty strong shape on home soil, losing just one of their last thirteen home fixtures. Overall this season on home soil they have picked up an excellent W7 D6 L2 record. In their home games against the current top-six, they are W1 D4. The one victory in those games was a 2-1 success over Barcelona.
Leganes have scored 18 goals at home this season which is an average of 1.2 per game. They have been tight defensively as they have conceded at under a goal per game on average. Just 27% of their home games have gone above 2.5 goals. In total Leganes have earned a clean sheet in 40% of their home fixtures. They have taken a clean sheet in three of their last five home league fixtures. Six of their seven home wins this term have been by a one-goal margin.
Real Madrid took a 4-1 home win over Leganes earlier this season in La Liga
The two traded home wins in the Copa del Rey this season as well
Real Madrid have won their two previous La Liga games at Leganes
Both teams have scored in four of the last six meetings
So this could be tricky road test for Real Madrid. The Whites lost their last game away from home, a 2-1 defeat against Valencia. That left them with a W8 D2 L5 record this season on their travels in the top flight. They were on a five-match winning streak away from home before that slip against Valencia. In total Real Madrid have averaged just under two goals per away game this term, with 80% of their road fixtures going over 2.5 goals.
They have not been tight at the back which is why the percentage of high scoring games is up. Real Madrid have picked up just one clean sheet away from home this season. That was in a tight 1-0 win at bottom side Huesca. Both teams have scored in 73% of Real Madrid’s away games. Home and away combined they have taken one clean sheet in their last nine league games. They have scored in each of their last eight away from home but have opened the scoring in just 7 of their 15 away games.
Leganes may well be able to hold their own in this one. Real Madrid don’t look a convincing side at all, certainly not up to their usual levels. Leganes are a strong home side and can easily grab a point out of this with an organised display. Draw.
13th April 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Valencia continue their push towards a top-six finish after taking an important three points out at Sevilla on the weekend. That win saw them move into sixth at the expense of Seville on goal difference. Three points at home against Real Madrid would be very handy. Los Merengues squeezed out a narrow win over bottom side Huesca on the weekend. Read our Valencia v Real Madrid betting tips for more.
Real Madrid 10/11
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 31st, 2019 at 8:49 p.m.)
Valencia got a great 1-0 away win at Sevilla on the weekend, a vital game in the race for a top six finish. At home, this season Valencia have returned only the four wins, but they have only lost once at the Mestalla in the league (W4 D10 L1). They are a rock-solid side in defence having conceded just the 8 goals in their 15 home fixtures, which is fantastic. Their big focus is on defence though as they are not prolific in front of goal, averaging just a shade over a goal per game on home soil.
Valencia are undefeated in their last nine league home games, not conceding in any of their last five. Home and away they are undefeated in their last eleven games and they are just are so hard to actually get the better of. The half time home record of Valencia is a W4 D10 L1, the exact same record as what their overall home form is. Valencia have earned a clean sheet in 47% of their home games. They have scored 69% of their home goals in the second half of fixtures at home this season. Anything out of this would be a huge bonus for them.
Valencia lost 2-0 at the Bernabeu earlier this season
Real Madrid are undefeated in their last four against Valencia
Valencia have lost just one of their last four at home against Real Madrid
Both teams have scored in all but one of the last twelve meetings
Real Madrid were expected to coast at home to bottom side Huesca on the weekend. It didn’t quite pan out that way. Real Madrid had to come from behind in the game early on. Boss Zinidane Zidane started with third keeper Luca, his son. They only got their three points thanks to a goal from Karim Benzema a minute from time. That did move them onto a three-match winning streak in the league, having scored at least two goals in each of those. It is worth noting that each of those wins were against sides who are currently sat inside of the bottom five.
They will get a much stiffer challenge here. Real Madrid’s away record is at W8 D2 L4 for the season. They are in good shape on the road. They have put together a five-match winning streak on their travels, going undefeated in their last seven (W6 D1). It is worth a look at their away from against the stronger sides though. They are W1 D1 L3 in their away games against sides currently in the top eight. Real Madrid have managed only one clean sheet this season away from home and none in their last six.
Valencia are tough to beat and could get under the skin of a Real Madrid side who haven’t proven themselves against anyone other than weaker teams recently. Valencia have the defensive mindset to hold the visitors off and a Double Chance on the home side has appeal.
31st March 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
The recovery of Real Madrid under the returning Zinedine Zidane continues on Sunday when Real Madrid host Huesca for the first time ever. Real Madrid are likely going to end the season without silverware so this is all about pride now. They will be expected to post a convincing win at the Bernabeu against bottom side Huesca. Read our Real Madrid v Huesca betting tips for more.
Real Madrid 1/9
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 29th, 2019 at 6:43 p.m.)
Real Madrid recovered from their slump of two defeats in three, by having won their last two league games. In their last league game, they took a 2-0 home win over Celta Vigo, snapping a run of back to back home losses in the league against Girona and then Barcelona. Real Madrid have home form of W9 D1 L4 this season in the Spanish top flight. In that sequence of matches, they have scored 21 goals at an average of 1.5 per game. Their defence has been good in general, having conceded just 8 in 14 at the Bernabeu.
Just 29% of Real Madrid’s home games this season have gone over 2.5 goals. They have banked a clean sheet in 64% of their home fixtures. Real Madrid haven’t been in a draw at home in any of their last ten. Of their home goals scored, 67% of them have been after the half time break. Of their 14 second-half goals, 8 of them have been in the final fifteen minutes of matches. Real Madrid have opened the scoring in all but four of their home games this term but have only been leading at half time in six.
Real Madrid won 1-0 at Huesca in December
That was their first ever league meeting
Huesca look to be heading straight back down to the second tier at the end of the season. They head into the weekend bottom of the league and eight points from safety. They have lost their last two played, going down against Getafe and Alaves. Huesca have netted in each of their last four games played in the league, but they have gone without a clean sheet in any of their last five, home and away. In total, Huesca have managed 13 goals on their travels this season.
Their away record is at just W2 D3 L9 this season. They have lost all six of their games away from home played against the current top-seven. Huesca conceded at least two goals in each of those but did score in four of them. This season away from home Huesca have conceded at an average of almost two per game, having managed a clean sheet in just 14% of games. They have won only one of their last twelve on the road. 62% of their away goals have been scored in the first half of matches and six of their nine road defeats have been by a one-goal margin.
We don’t see Real Madrid slipping up in the game at all. They are naturally going to be more organised under Zidane, especially at the back. It is worth having a flutter on Real Madrid to win to nil on home soil. The visitors aren’t likely going to land much of a glove on them.
29th March 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Ajax gave a good account of themselves at home in the first leg of this tie. However, they still came out of the fixture with a defeat. Real Madrid will be taking a 2-1 advantage into this, with home advantage to come. Read our Real Madrid v Ajax betting tips for more.
Real Madrid 3/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 3rd, 2019 at 7:34 p.m.)
With their 2-1 success in the first leg, Real Madrid produced their seventh straight win over Ajax. They are pretty well placed here now. Real Madrid, who are the reigning champions, have won their last nine two-legged knockout ties in the tournament. Real Madrid are now W8 D1 L4 in their previous game against Ajax. Real Madrid have fired off nine goals in their last three home games against Ajax, conceding just the one. They are gunning for their ninth straight quarterfinals appearance in the tournament.
Their overall record at this stage of the tournament is W9 L6, winning their last eight ties on the bounce. Real Madrid holds a W6 L3 record in two-legged ties against Dutch sides. The Spaniards are on a five-match home winning streak against Dutch opposition. Overall Real Madrid have suffered just six losses in their last 50 European matches, home and away. Strangely though they have lost two of their last five.
Ajax are now left with no win in their last seven UEFA Champions League knockout stage matches (D2 L5). This is their second appearance only in the round of sixteen, having lost against Inter Milan in the 2005/06 round of sixteen. Ajax are on a three-match losing streak away from home in Champions League knockout stage matches. The last time they faced Spanish opposition was in the 2016/17 Europa League group stage, a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo ending a six-match losing streak in Spain.
Their record though in two-legged knockout stage matches against Spanish sides is a hugely positive W7 D2, their last success in such a tie was back in 1999/2000 though. Ajax have a W2 L12 record in two-legged ties in European action after having lost the first leg at home. Ajax are the only side left in the competition who came through the qualifiers to reach the group stage.
Real Madrid should get through this tie but Ajax gave them a good workout in the first leg. The Dutch side may be able to get a goal on the board at least, but it should still be a home win for the Spaniards. Real Madrid to win & both teams to score.
4th March 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
Barcelona put in a fantastic performance at the Bernabeu to record a 3-0 win over Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night. The Catalans are leading La Liga by seven points and three points on the weekend back at the Bernabeu would see them take a giant step towards the title. Read our Real Madrid v Barcelona betting tips for more.
Real Madrid 9/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 27th, 2019 at 10:34 p.m.)
Real Madrid head into the weekend trailing league leaders Barcelona by nine points in the table. A defeat in this one will pretty much wipe out their slim title hopes. Real Madrid have won six of their last seven league outings, last weekend taking a 2-1 away win at Levante. Their overall home form is W8 D1 L3 this season. They were totally schooled in midweek in the Copa del Rey by Barcelona though which has to be a big worry for them.
Gareth Bale has avoided a ban for a celebration gesture recently which could have gotten him into hot water. Real Madrid were upset in their last league home game as they were beaten 2-1 by Girona. Real Madrid have only averaged 1.5 goals per home fixture this season in La Liga, which is nothing special by their standards. Only 33% of their league home games have gone over 2.5 goals. Madrid have shipped only the seven goals in their twelve home fixtures with a clean sheet in 67% of games. They are W2 L2 in their last four home games in the Spanish top flight.
Barcelona have won back to back games at Real Madrid 3-0
Barcelona are unbeaten in five games in all competitions against Madrid
Five of the last seven meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Real Madrid have won one of their last five at home against Barca
Barcelona are on an undefeated streak of thirteen matches in the top flight. Away from home specifically they are undefeated in nine. Barcelona have won five of their last six away games, the only exception in that sequence being a 0-0 at Atletico Bilbao in the middle of February. Barcelona have averaged over two goals per road game and they have only conceded the ten goals on their travels. They have two clean sheets in their last three on the road.
In total, they have taken a clean sheet in 42% of road games this season in La Liga. Barcelona have opened the scoring in seven of their twelve road games, while they have been leading at the half time break in five of them. They are the current top scorers in the league by a country mile pretty much. They have tallied 65 league goals, with Real Madrid having the next highest tally of 43. Barcelona boast the best away record in the top flight as well.
Barcelona will be full of confidence after their midweek win at the Bernabeu. Real Madrid really had no answer at all in the game. Because of that, we can only expect more of the same in the weekend’s El Clasico. Barcelona to win.
28th February 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
This tie is nicely poised at 1-1 and so Real Madrid, now back on home soil for the second leg will have a slight edge. But the threat of away goals now for Barcelona as they push on, is there on the night. Expect plenty more drama to come. Read our Real Madrid v Barcelona betting tips for more.
Real Madrid 17/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 26th, 2019 at 4:38 p.m.)
Real Madrid’s form has been a lot better recently than it was over the first half of the season. They have won four of their last six games in all competitions (D1 L1). In the first leg of this semi-final tie, Madrid opened the scoring after just six minutes at the Nou Camp through Lucas Vazquez and it was a pretty even contest at the end of the day. Real Madrid started some of their regulars on the bench for that first leg it is worth noting.
Los Merengues have won eight of their last ten in all competitions now, but the one difficulty that they have had has been in taking clean sheets. They have just one in their last nine in all competitions. So that should open the door a bit for Barca. Real Madrid suffered a shock defeat in their game at the Bernabeu, a 2-1 league defeat against Girona. They have scored at least two goals in four of their last five five home fixtures.
Barcelona are W1 D1 in two games against Real Madrid this season
Real Madrid are winless in four against the Catalans
Five of the last seven meetings between them have gone over 2.5 goals
Both teams have scored in seven of the last nine
Real Madrid lost 3-0 at home in their last home game against Barca
Barcelona haven’t been in their hottest form as of late, in fact, the goals have dried up a bit for them. They had scored just two goals in four games in all competitions before they met Sevilla in the league on the weekend and produced a 4-2 success. Lionel Messi got a hattrick in that game and Luis Suarez managed to snap a five-match scoreless streak of form that he was on for them as well.
In the last round of the Copa del Rey, Barcelona had to come from behind after having lost the first leg of their tie at Levante. Barcelona are the four-time defending champions in the tournament. In their last six away games in all competitions, Barcelona are W2 D2 L2, a clear drop off in their usual standards. They have actually failed to score in three for their last five on the road. Built to their credit they have three clean sheets in their last four on the road in all competitions. It’s all to play for.
Real Madrid have a good chance in his one as Barcelona haven’t been at their best recently on their travels. El Clasico matches are tense and tight and anything can happen, but backing Real Madrid to get through the tie on home soil looks a good proposition.
27th February 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
There is a big challenge ahead for Ajax in the round of sixteen in the Champions League. They get to face up to Spanish giants Real Madrid who are not only the reigning champions but who are looking for their fourth straight title in the tournament. Read our Ajax v Real Madrid betting tips for more.
Real Madrid 17/20
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 10th, 2019 at 11:07 p.m.)
Ajax got through in second place from their group, when they found themselves up against top German opposition in the form of Bayern Munich. Incidentally, Ajax drew both of their games against Bayern in the group. This is the first time since 2006 that Ajax are in the round of sixteen and have never managed to win a round of sixteen tie in the competition. They have more weight of history against them too. They are on a six-match losing streak against Real Madrid currently, shipping 20 goals and scoring just two in that sequence.
Their only previous appearance at this stage was in the 2005/06 season against Inter. Ajax are without a win in their last six knockout stage matches (D2 L4). They are currently on a five-match winless streak of form at home in knockout stage matches too. Their last home win at this stage happened against Borussia Dortmund in the 1995/96 season. Ajax have won only two of their last fourteen games against Spanish opposition (D1 L11). Their record in two-legged ties against Spanish sides though is a positive W7 D2. Ajax are undefeated in 2018/19 European games (W7 D5).
Reigning champions Real Madrid have won their last nine two-legged European ties. From their previous head to head against Ajax, Real Madrid are W7 D1 L4 from twelve previous encounters. Real Madrid won a big derby match at Atletico Madrid on the weekend and that continued their much-improved form. The Spaniards have been to at least the semi finals in each of the last eight seasons of the Champions League.
Real Madrid knocked out PSG at this stage last season. Real Madrid hold as W6 L3 record from the previous two-legged tie against Dutch opposition. This is their first since meeting Vitesse in the 1992/032 UEFA Cup. Real Madrid have won five of their last six trips to the Netherlands and they are W5 D2 L1 overall there. Their only loss was against Ajax in 1995. In this season’s group stage Real Madrid finished top of Group G, despite them losing both of their games against CSKA Moscow (who finished bottom). Los Merengues have won 26 of their last 39 European matches (D7 L6).
This is a tough game for Ajax, who did alright in the group stage against Bayern in the group stage. Real Madrid have hit some good form for themselves and go and sneak themselves a narrow win in a low scoring game in Amsterdam.
11th February 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
There is a clear highlight match in La Liga this weekend, it is, of course, the Madrid derby. It’s a big one too as it could have a big bearing on the outcome of this season’s top three. It is Atletico who will go into the match defending a two-point lead in second place over their rivals. Read our Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid betting tips for more.
Atletico Madrid 11/8
Real madrid 21/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 7th, 2019 at 8:30 p.m.)
The three points available in this one would be hugely important for Atletico Madrid. They would move five points clear, a very nice cushion, over Real Madrid. It has been another fantastic season from Atletico however, they had an uncharacteristic slip up last weekend. They lost 1-0 at Real Betis. That was only their second league loss of the season. Before that loss against Betis, Atletico Madrid were W6 D1 in seven league outings.
They remain undefeated on home soil this season still though, having picked up a W9 D2 record at the Metropolitano. Atletico have taken a clean sheet in 73% of their home league games, and eight of their nine home wins this season have been with a clean sheet. Atletico have conceded just four goals in their eleven home fixtures. Just 25% of their league home games have gone over 2.5 goals.
Real Madrid have started to put together a good stretch of form which has seen them win four league games on the bounce. They have only recorded the one loss in their last nine league games now as well (W7 D1). Can they extend that good momentum in this tough away game though? After losing four of their opening seven away games this season, they have improved to put together a W4 D1 L1 record in their last six road fixtures.
Real Madrid have won back to back away games. But it is worth a closer look at their away record against sides who are currently in the top ten. Real Madrid are only W1 L4 from five such fixtures this season. The overall record of Real Madrid on the road is W5 D2 L4. 73% of their away fixtures have ended up over 2.5 goals and real have averaged 1.7 goals per road game. Real Madrid will be looking for just their second away clean sheet all season.
There have been a lot of tight battles between the two of them recently. This could well be the same. Atletico know how to frustrate sides, they are experts at it. But the power of their home form against Real Madrid’s lack of away clean sheets may tip the balance in favour of a home victory at 11/8 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 7th, 2019 at 8:30 p.m.)
8th February 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Real Madrid have only met Girona three times before in their history and this will be their first ever meeting in the Copa del Rey. It is Real Madrid who are running as the strong outright favourites to work their way through this tie. Will they open up a big home advantage? Read our Real Madrid v Girona betting tips for more.
Real Madrid 1/3
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 21st, 2019 at 1:01 p.m.)
Real Madrid and Girona have only met three times before. It was Girona who actually won the first-ever meeting between them, which was early in the 2017/18 league season. But it has been Real Madrid with back to back wins in meetings since then. In the last round of this season’s Copa del Rey Real Madrid took out Leganes 3-1 on aggregate. They had posted a 3-0 success at home in the first leg. Los Merengues took a good 2-0 home win in the league over Sevilla on the weekend leaving them at W3 D1 L2 in their last six games in all competitions. Real Madrid have won four of their last five away games (D1 L1).
So no easy tie here for Girona obviously. It’s a little bit tougher being away first. They don’t have any form behind them either because they haven’t taken a win in any of their last eight games in all competitions now. But in that sequence of games, they did pull off a notable upset. They beat Atletico Madrid in the last round of the Copa del Rey.
After a 1-1 draw at home, Girona got the job completed on away games in a 3-3 tie at the Metropolitano. Girona have drawn five of their last six games played and they have scored at least two goals in each of their last three away games. The trouble is, they have conceded at least two goals in each of their last four road games. A valuable away goal would be something for them out of this.
We have to lean on Real Madrid getting the win at home. It may just be worth looking at Real Madrid to win & both teams to score though for a little-extended value.
22nd January 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Real Madrid have a huge advantage in the tie now after having banked a 3-0 home win over Leganes in the first leg. So their opponents have it all to do back on home soil in the second leg. Can they produce a stunning night and get themselves back into this? Read our Leganes v Real Madrid betting tips for more.
Real Madrid 8/11
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 13th, 2019 at 6:55 p.m.)
Leganes have a pretty big deficit to try and overcome then. They suffered a 3-0 loss at the Bernabeu which leaves them needing something of a miracle. The odds are against them. Only once across the entire season have they managed to score more than two goals in a fixture. They haven’t scored more than one goal per match in any of their last seven played now in all competitions. In their last five games played they have only managed the two goals, so they aren’t a great threat in front of goal. However, despite that, they are on an eight-match scoring streak at home which has helped them to a W4 D3 L1 in eight.
There was a league win over Barcelona and a draw with Atletico Madrid in that sequence. But Real Madrid can probably ease themselves through this tie now. It’s all about game management for them. It’s not been the greatest of season from them, but their away form has been a lot better recently. There’s probably not a need for them to be at full strength, so it may be worth backing them to concede, regardless of the outcome. The tie is realistically in the bag and so it’s all about just getting through the 90 minutes. Real Madrid took a 1-0 win back in January in last season’s Copa del Rey away at Leganes. They have now won nine of their previous ten games against them (L1).
The head to head is strongly in favour of Real Madrid and they can get the tie closed out here. Leganes have to try and come at Madrid but will likely to get picked off. It may be worth looking at the Real Madrid to win & both teams to score option.
14th January 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting