The 22nd round of games in La Liga takes place this weekend, with all of the leading contenders in action. Barcelona will be looking to stretch their advantage at the top of the standings, while there will be a battle for points at the opposite end of the league table.
Girona vs Almeria
This will only be the second top-flight meeting between the sides, with Almeria winning the first meeting earlier this campaign. However, Girona has an excellent record against Almeria, as they have won three of their previous five home matches against their rival.
Real Sociedad vs Celta Vigo
The red-hot Real Sociedad will be looking to maintain their excellent form on Saturday. They have won each of their previous five against Celta Vigo, which includes victories in their previous two at Reale Arena. Therefore, a home bet looks the most confident play.
Real Betis vs Valladolid
Real Betis come into this fixture with an excellent advantage in the head-to-head as they haven’t lost any of their previous three meetings against Valladolid. However, each of the previous two have ended in draws. That could be a likely result this weekend, given the recent form Valladolid has been in.
Mallorca vs Villarreal
Mallorca has already proved a difficult team to beat at home throughout this season, and they come into this fixture having won three of their last six against Villarreal. We could see them competing a league double over Villarreal this weekend after winning the previous meeting 2-0 in November.
Osasuna vs Real Madrid
Real Madrid returned back to domestic action with a fine win in midweek. They look hard to oppose once again on Saturday, as they look to close the gap on Barcelona. Real has won three of their last four away games against Osasuna.
Elche vs Espanyol
Elche has a very impressive recent record against Espanyol, as they have lost just once in the previous nine meetings. Their home record is even more impressive, as they have lost just twice in 20. A chance will be taken on the hosts this weekend.
Rayo Vallecano vs Sevilla
Rayo Vallecano has gone two without defeat against Sevilla. However, they have failed to win any of their previous six home matches against their opponents this weekend. That being said, a draw could be a likely play here given that Sevilla will be preparing for their Europa League second leg on Thursday.
Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao
Athletic Bilbao has avoided defeat in three of their last four matches against Atletico. However, the hosts have not lost in their previous eleven home matches against their rivals this weekend. We could see the hosts landing a win on Sunday.
Barcelona vs Cadiz
Barcelona has picked up just one win from their previous five matches against Cadiz in La Liga. However, their home record has seen them win 11 of the previous 14. A home banker looks the safest play here.
Getafe vs Valencia
A huge showdown at the bottom takes place on Monday. Getafe has lost two of their previous three against Valencia, but they have won three from five in home matches against their rival. However, we will be siding with Valencia to kickstart their season this week.