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Is it to be more pain for Real Madrid in the league? Get our 3 best bets for the La Liga games this weekend

Ben Darvill 8 Jan 2019

Can Barcelona add to their lead at the top of the table, will Sevilla tighten their grip on one of the Champions League spots, and will Real Betis pile more misery on Real Madrid? Get our 3 best bets for the games in La Liga this weekend. 

Athletic Bilbao vs Sevilla (Saturday, 15:15 GMT)

Athletic Bilbao have struggled massively this season as they have found wins very difficult to come by. Three victories in 18 matches is a woeful record, although they have only lost five times. Clearly, it is Bilbao’s propensity to draw that is hampering them, with 10 stalemates far too many for a side that are only two points above Villarreal in 18th. Sevilla arrive in great form this season, with the side currently sitting in third in La Liga. Nine wins is the same amount as second-placed Atletico Madrid, while they have only lost three matches in this time, although it should be noted that they have drawn six games, which has undermined their season somewhat. Impressively, the side have scored 31 goals, which is the second highest tally in the league behind only Barcelona, while they have only conceded 18 times, which is a fairly good record. 

Form wise, Bilbao have been able to avoid defeat in their last four games, with two of these contests being at home as the side look to drastically improve the poor form that saw them go without a win between August 27th to December 3rd, which spanned 13 matches. Sevilla by contrast have only lost three matches all season, and they are unbeaten in their last nine, with four wins in this time. While Bilbao have been better of late, they have only won twice at home all season, drawing five and losing twice, while Sevilla have snatched three wins on the road along with just two defeats. With the stats in mind, we recommend utilising the Draw No Bet market for this one. While it may not offer as much value as the outright winner market, it does protect against a draw, as the two have nine between them when combining Bilbao’s home games and Sevilla’s away matches, and we think if there is a winner amongst the two, it will be a Sevilla side that look like a Champions League quality side once again. 

Barcelona vs Eibar (Sunday, 17:30 GMT)

Barcelona have looked fantastic this season, with the side opening up a five point lead at the top of La Liga. 12 wins, four defeats and two losses has helped the reigning-champions onto 40 points and, while they have conceded 20 goals this year, which is quite a lot for the usually miserly Barcelona, they have more than made up for this going forward, netting 50 goals in 18 matches at almost three goals a game. Clearly, Barca are the team to beat in this season’s competition once again. Visitors Eibar arrive only a few points clear of the relegation zone as the side struggle in what is a very competitive league this year. Five wins, seven draws and  six defeats is a solid record, but they have struggled going forward and at the back, scoring just 21 goals and conceding 25 along the way. While their season has been a promising one so far, they will surely struggle to get anything against the best team in the league on their own patch, with Barca only losing once in front of their own fans, in a shock 4-3 los to Real Betis in November. 

Form wise, Barca have not lost any of their last six, while they have won their last five in an impressive run. Betis by contrast have not won any of their last five, losing once and drawing their last four, with the side struggling for the killer goal in their games. This lack of a killer instinct plays into our recommendation then, as Eibar have only netted 21 goals this season, with the side averaging 0.63 goals per game on the road. Barca meanwhile may not be quite as watertight at the back as they have been, but they have managed to keep four clean sheets in their last five games, with the reigning-champions looking to pair up their incisive attack with a wall-like defence once again. 

Real Betis vs Real Madrid (Sunday, 19:45 GMT)

Real Betis have been enjoying a good season so far, with the side currently sitting in sixth in the league after 18 matches. Seven wins, five draws and six defeats have come alongside 21 goals scored and conceded, with Betis enjoying a very promising start to their campaign. Real Madrid on the other hand come into this one in turmoil. Already 10 points behind a Barcelona side that historically do not give up a lead that size, Madrid are also a point behind Alaves in fourth, with the side a shadow of the team they were last season. Nine wins is as many as second-placed Atletico Madrid, but they have been beaten six times already, which is as many defeats as the combined losses for Barcelona, Atletico and Sevilla this season. This campaign is already threatening to pass Madrid by, and unless something changes quickly, they could potentially finish a very long way off top spot. 

At home this season, Betis have looked very good, winning four, drawing three and losing twice, while they are unbeaten in their last four games at home, with their last defeat at the Estadio Benito Villamarin coming on October 21. Madrid on the other hand have won just three games on the road, drawing twice and losing four, with their inability to consistently win away from home hindering them massively. Incredibly, Madrid have won just two of their last seven games on the road, drawing once and losing four times as their awful start to the season continues. While it is always tough to bet again Madrid, their recent run of form, which has seen them draw 2-2 with Villarreal, who currently sit in the relegation zone, before losing 2-0 to mid table Real Sociedad at home, makes us sceptical of backing the European champions. In fact, we recommend backing completely the other way, with Betis’ current form instilling far more confidence in us. Of course, the likes of Luka Modric and Gareth Bale could turn it on at any moment, but if they continue playing at the same level they have been since returning from the winter break, then Betis will fancy their chances of claiming a huge win, although we do recommend using the Draw No Bet market for this one, as the visitors will be desperate to come away from this one with something. 

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