No Championship Hangover for Real Madrid
The La Liga season continues this weekend with two match weeks currently in the books. Villarreal has been the league’s best team so far, with two wins and no goals conceded. While early results shouldn’t be overreacted to, it’s certainly important for teams to get off to a competitive start. Defending champions Real Madrid will also go for a third consecutive win, along with Real Betis and Osasuna. Let’s review the biggest matches of the weekend and run through the La Liga Matchday 3 odds.
Real Betis vs Osasuna:
Don’t overlook what should be one of the best Spanish La Liga matches of the weekend. Real Betis host Osasuna on Friday with both teams currently at 2-0 and looking to stay perfect. The defending Copa del Rey champions are -110 home favorites and won both meetings last season.
Borja Iglesias converted two penalties to power Betis past Mallorca 2-1 last weekend. Meanwhile, Osasuna also scored on two penalties as they defeated Cadiz 2-0. The visitors also opened up their campaign with an impressive win over Betis’s rivals Sevilla. Osasuna comes into Friday as +340 underdogs and hasn’t defeated Betis for almost eight years.
Real Betis scored seven goals combined in two wins vs Osasuna last season; however, the over/under total is set at just 2½ with the under implied to be more likely. It is worth noting though that both teams have only conceded once this season. Whether they concede or not, one or both teams’ perfect record will be gone come Friday.
Getafe vs Villarreal:
It’s first place vs last place as league leaders Villarreal head to Getafe on Sunday. Unai Emery’s Villarreal looks to be on a mission after finishing in seventh place last season. They haven’t conceded a goal yet and took down Atletico Madrid on the road on Matchday 2. Now, the La Liga Matchday 3 odds price them as even money road favorites.
It may seem that Villarreal should have shorter odds but there’s a method to the madness here. Villarreal plays on Thursday in UEFA Europa Conference League qualifiers at Dinamo Zagreb and will be on short rest. Still, they’ll be confident of getting another victory here, especially since they’ve won the last six La Liga meetings.
Getafe has conceded six goals already and lost 3-1 to Girona last Monday. They’re +320 home underdogs and are winless in their last seven matches dating back to last season. Plus, defender Fabrizio Angileri is suspended due to a red card.
Barcelona vs Real Valladolid:
Barcelona flashed their potential in a 4-1 road win over Real Sociedad last weekend. It took Robert Lewandowski just 46 seconds to score and the former Bayern man added another later on. Barça is scary when at their best and very few teams in La Liga can compete with them when that’s the case.
So, Real Valladolid will hope Barcelona slips up on Sunday when they head to Camp Nou. FCB is -575 favorites and bettors are hammering the two-goal spread in Barcelona’s favor. The La Liga Matchday 3 odds currently list Barcelona as -135 favorites to cover. Valladolid, who drew 1-1 vs Sevilla last weekend, are massive +1500 underdogs for this match. Still, trouble could be brewing in Barcelona as they’re currently unable to register center back Jules Kounde.
You’ll have to go back to 1997 to find Valladolid’s last win at the Camp Nou. Barcelona has won the last six meetings but it never seems certain which version of them you’re going to get.
Espanyol vs Real Madrid: Sunday, 4:00 p.m.
Defending champions Real Madrid have picked up where they left off last season. Los Blancos are 2-0 and just demolished Celta Vigo 4-1. The transfer of longtime midfielder Casemiro to Manchester United is the end of an era but Real has more than a few capable players waiting in the wings. We should see more of Eduardo Camavinga this season, which figures to be great for his development. New signing Aurélien Tchouaméni is also capable of filling Casemiro’s shoes.
Real Madrid head to Espanyol as -215 favorites and is expected to win nearly every match they play. Espanyol is 0-1-1 this season and has conceded twice in both of their matches. They’re one-goal underdogs for Sunday’s match and priced at +400 odds to win.
Notably, Espanyol was one of the few teams to beat Real Madrid last season. The Barcelona area club defeated Real 2-1 at home in 2021. Can they hand them their first defeat of the season in consecutive seasons come Sunday? Espanyol is at least expected to get on the board, with -175 odds to score.
Valencia vs Atletico Madrid:
Gennaro Gattuso was a bulldog of a player and it’s fair to say he expects the same kind of effort out of his players. If there are positive takeaways from his first two matches as Valencia manager, they’re certainly defensive ones. Valencia has allowed just three shots on target and one goal so far. They’ll face their toughest test yet when Atletico Madrid comes to town on Monday.
Atletico should have added motivation as they’re coming off of a disappointing 2-0 loss at home to Villarreal. Atletico is a -105 road favorite but three points are far from a certainty for Diego Simeone’s men. One of the better La Liga betting tips in recent seasons has been taking a draw in this fixture. Five of the last ten meetings between these teams have finished in ties. A draw is listed at +240 odds in the sportsbook for Monday’s match.
Unfortunately, Valencia striker Hugo Duro picked up an ankle injury last match that should keep him out a few weeks. Expect Maxi Gomez to get the nod in his place for the +335 underdogs. Valencia is in fact favored to cover the ½-goal spread, at -115 odds. The last time these teams met at the Mestalla it finished in a 3-3 draw. Over two goals are implied to be more likely than the under, at -140 odds.Follow us on Twitter