The central event of the La Liga round 23 is at Santiago Bernabeu, where Real awaits Atletico Madrid in a game that might be crucial for the title race.
Other than that, Barca is in Almeria, trying to forget the elimination from the Europa League suffered at Old Trafford last Thursday. Valencia hosts Real Sociedad, and Sevilla awaits Osasuna at Ramon Sachez Pizjuan.
Real Madrid VS Atletico Madrid
Real is flying high following the win in England against Liverpool. We haven’t seen such a powerful comeback in years, with Los Blancos erasing a 0-2 deficit and eventually winning 5-2. That’s why many believe that the Spanish champs have the best attack in Europe, regardless of all the other teams and their superstars. This was the fifth consecutive victory for Carlo Ancelotti and the guys, who scored at least twice in each event.
Atletico is also on the rise, not losing in the past four events and winning three. All three victories have been with the same, minimal, result, 1-0. Each of those triumphs ended with under 2.5 scores, while eight in the previous 10 saw the same conclusion.
Simeone and Atletico come to Bernabeu to kill the tempo and slow down the game as much as possible, but even so, our pick here is Real Madrid, who is in incredible shape.
Pick: Real Madrid wins 4/5 at BetXchange
Almeria VS Barcelona
Three La Liga defeats in a row have put Almeria in a tough position, having the same number of points as Cadiz, who is under the relegation line. Though, they are just three points away from the 12th position, but still, the trend is negative, and that’s something that bothers the fans.
Barcelona lost on the road for the first time after 11 trips. It happened at Old Trafford in Manchester, 2-1, and this defeat had a high cost because Barcelona won’t play in Europe until the end of the season. It was also the first loss in 18 contests, but we can’t say that Blaugrana played badly, despite losing the lead. The big problem for Xavi is Pedri’s injury, but Barca has enough replacements.
The La Liga leaders have enough power to defeat Almeria, especially because the hosts aren’t in good shape and have struggled to deliver decent performances in the past few weeks.
Pick: Barcelona wins 2/5 at BetXchange
Valencia VS Real Sociedad
The Bats are sinking toward the bottom of the standings and are currently second to the last, looking helpless. One of the most significant Spanish teams has a pretty dark future, and right now looks terrible. Valencia lost six straight events, failing to score in four of them.
Meanwhile, Real Sociedad is still in the UEFA Champions League zone, with solid prospects for staying there. The boys from San Sebastian had a negative period during which they lost two events and had one draw, not scoring in either of those affairs. After that, they beat Espanyol on the road, 2-3, and played 1-1 at home to Celta.
We must be courageous and bet on the guests, because the odds are high, and we want to try to exploit them.
Pick: Real Sociedad wins 7/5 at BetXchange
Sevilla VS Osasuna
This is one of the crucial games for Sevilla this year, and it comes at the best possible moment. They defeated PSV in the UEFA Europa League playoffs, advancing to the next stage, and are now hosting Osasuna, a direct rival for the place in the upper part of the table. One loss, three wins, and one draw is Sevilla’s record in the past five contests, which is proof that Rojoblancos is going up.
Osasuna is without a victory in the recent five La Liga games and is in evident crisis. They didn’t score in three of the recent four contests, looking shaky and problematic in all the lines.
We are all in for Sevilla in this game due to their form, which is way better than Osasuna’s.
Pick: Sevilla Wins 5/6 at BetXchange