Real Win El Clasico, Back in First
The World Cup is coming up, which means Europe’s major leagues are scrambling to get in matches before the break. All of La Liga’s teams will be in action midweek with just a few days’ rest. Real Madrid got a statement win over Barcelona in El Clasico to top the table on Sunday in the biggest match of the year so far. Let’s take a look at some of the La Liga Matchday 10 odds from some other major matches.
Games of the Week:
Sevilla vs. Valencia:
Valencia are unbeaten in their last four La Liga matches but come into this matchup as +220 underdogs. Sevilla, who are winless at home this season, are +125 favorites.
Sevilla finally got their second win of the season on Saturday and are out of the relegation zone. Nemanja Gudelj scored the winner at Mallorca and the shutout win meant a lot for this struggling side. Under new coach Jorge Sampaoli, Sevilla are unbeaten in three matches, though. That includes a 1-1 draw at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last week. They’ll look to continue their momentum when they host Valencia on Tuesday.
Gennaro Gattuso’s Valencia have been scoring a lot of goals but can’t seem to keep clean sheets. They drew 2-2 with Elche on Saturday as Summer signing Edinson Cavani scored his first two goals for the club. Valencia are unbeaten in their last four La Liga matches but come into this matchup as +220 underdogs. Sevilla, who are winless at home this season, are +125 favorites.
Sevilla have dominated this fixture in recent seasons, with five wins and two draws in the last seven. Last season, they won 3-1 at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Notably, Valencia haven’t kept a road shutout and Sevilla haven’t kept a home shutout this season. Both teams to score shows a -135 price as a result, according to the La Liga Matchday 10 odds. Sevilla captain Jesus Navas left Saturday’s match with an injury and he could miss the match.
Atletico Madrid vs. Rayo Vallecano:
Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid got their third straight La Liga win on Saturday and it was a gritty one. Antoine Griezmann scored the game’s only goal and Atleti keeper Jan Oblak made some stellar saves. Atletico moved into third place in the La Liga standings with the win.
Now, Atleti host Rayo Vallecano on Tuesday in a Madrid derby. Rayo were preseason favorites to get relegated but they’re currently five points outside of the relegation zone. On Friday, they drew 0-0 in another Madrid derby vs. Getafe. However, this has been a nightmare fixture for Rayo Vallecano over the last decade.
Atletico Madrid are priced at -180 odds to win and have won the last six meetings. In those matches, Atleti have outscored Rayo 9-0. Rayo, who are +600 underdogs, haven’t won any of the last 12 meetings. Under 2½ has hit in the last five meetings and it sits at -140 odds in this one.
Barcelona vs. Villarreal:
Soccer betting tips have often mentioned betting on Barcelona to keep a clean sheet this season. Heading into El Clasico, Barcelona had conceded just one goal all season. Real Madrid quadrupled Barcelona’s goals allowed this season as Los Blancos defeated Barcelona 3-1. Barça have a handful of defensive injuries, with Ronald Araujo, Andreas Christensen and Hector Bellerin sidelined. It’ll be interesting to see how Barcelona respond on Thursday vs. Villarreal.
Villarreal exorcised some demons last season by breaking a 27-game winless streak vs. Barça. In May, Villarreal got their first win at the Camp Nou since 2008. However, Barcelona are -200 favorites heading into Thursday’s match. Bettors should note that Barcelona have now just won one of their last four matches in all competitions. They failed to beat Inter Milan at home in the Champions League last week in a wild 3-3 draw.
Unai Emery’s Villarreal were winless in their last four La Liga games heading into their Monday match vs. Osasuna. They’re inconsistent but do have the ability to knock off top teams, as Bayern Munich found out last year. Villarreal show a +475 price to win and a draw is listed at +350 odds.
Other Matches of Interest
Real Sociedad have been La Liga’s hottest team over the last few weeks. They’ve won four matches in a row in La Liga and host Mallorca on Wednesday. Mallorca have been involved in a lot of low scoring matches as just 22 percent of their games so far have gone over 2½ goals. The La Liga Matchday 10 odds price under 2½ at -110 odds and Real Sociedad at -190.
Real Madrid ascended to the top spot in the league with their 3-1 win over Barcelona. Karim Benzema, Fede Valverde and Rodrygo were all on target on Sunday. Now, the defending champions face the last place team in La Liga, Elche. In this matchup of first vs. last, Real Madrid sit at -300 odds to win. Elche have failed to win a match so far this season and failed to keep a clean sheet.
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