The temperature outdoors may still be nowhere near where most of us want it to be, but things are hotting up at both ends of La Liga. Barcelona slipped up by drawing at home to Valencia last weekend, handing the two Madrid clubs the opportunity to close the gap at the top of the table. Real took it, Atletico didn’t.
Villarreal meanwhile could only manage a draw at home to Espanyol, as their disastrous campaign continues. The Yellow Submarine finished fifth last season, but are down in 19th at the moment, five points from safety. Javier Calleja’s side face a massive game on Friday night to kick off the weekend’s action. They’re away at Real Valladolid in a relegation six-pointer, where we fancy a draw at 23/10.
Looking for some matches to add to your La Liga accumulator takes us to a monster Madrid derby on Saturday afternoon. There’s so much on the line at the Wanda Metropolitano, where Atletico start the game two points above Real. Los Blancos are eight points behind leaders Barcelona, and simply cannot afford to lose this game. The last three Madrid derbies in La Liga have all ended in draws, and the same again this weekend is 23/10.
Our acca is worth 10/1 so far, but we’re after more than a double. We’re targeting Valencia against Real Sociedad next, with Los Che boasting home advantage at the Mestalla on Sunday afternoon. The two teams are eighth and ninth in La Liga, locked on 30 points, with Valencia two better off in the goal difference column. Marcelino’s side have won their last three against Sociedad, so we’re going for the home win, at 17/20.
Next up, the defending champions. Barcelona’s eight-match winning streak in La Liga came to an end last weekend, and they have what could be a tricky game at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday evening. However, the Basque outfit are struggling this season. Despite sitting 12th in the league, they’re only three points above the relegation zone. They may have claimed a point at the Nou Camp earlier in the campaign, but Barca beat them nine times in a row in La Liga before that.
With that in mind, we’re adding Ernesto Valverde’s side to our acca at 7/10. Our four-fold is worth 33/1, which you may think is a good place to stop. If you’d prefer to push it to a five-fold, we suggest backing fourth-placed Sevilla who play Eibar at home. Los Rojiblancos have won the last three meetings between the sides at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan without conceding a goal, and they’re 13/20 for the win on Sunday.
Stick those five picks together and you’re up to 55/1, which is a pretty tasty return. If you don’t want to risk everything on a five-fold, you could always try some combination accas, such as a Lucky 31. This will spread your bets across a range of combinations, lowering the risk while sacrificing a chunk of the profit.