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Will Barcelona increase their lead at the top of the table? Get La Liga betting tips

Ben Darvill 13 Mar 2019

Can Alaves continue their impressive form in the league, will Athletic Bilbao compound Atletico Madrid's woes, and can Barcelona increase their lead at the top? Read on for our best bets for the games in La Liga this weekend. 


Huesca vs Alaves (Saturday, 12:00 GMT)

Huesca still prop up the La Liga table as they have found wins, of which they have just five this season, very difficult to come by. 15 losses and seven draws has helped the side onto just 22 points, with the side four short of Villarreal in 17th and safety after a very poor start to the season. A disappointing 2-1 loss to Getafe in their last match saw their problems increase, and they are staring at the prospect of a season in Spain’s second-tier if they are unable to improve their form quickly. Alaves meanwhile arrive on a fantastic run as they currently sit in fifth in the league with 41 points, with their impressive form allowing them to put some real space between themselves and the relegation zone. Their last match did end in a disappointing 1-1 draw with Eibar, but they will targeting the league’s bottom side as an outfit they can take three points from. 

Huesca have managed to claim three of their five total wins at home this year, but they are still struggling a lot. Alaves meanwhile have been fairly good on the road, winning five, drawing twice and losing seven games. Their last venture away from home saw the side defeat struggling Villarreal 2-1, and they are now on a five game unbeaten run as they look to maintain their position in the upper-half of the table. Of course, we are aware of the fact that Huesca have won two of their last three home games, but they have not been good enough across the rest of the season, with the reverse between the two sides ending in a 2-1 win for Alaves, meaning we are backing the away side to do the double over their struggling opponents. 



Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

Athletic Bilbao have been slowly building their lead over the sides at the bottom of the league this year but they are still in real need of more points as they are just nine points clear of Celta Vigo in 18th following their less than stellar campaign. Seven wins, seven losses and a massive 13 draws has helped them onto 34 points, and their last game saw Bilbao draw yet again as they tied 1-1 with Espanyol in a match in which they dominated but could not find a way through their resolute opposition. Visitors Atletico Madrid arrive on the back of a good performance against Leganes in a 1-0 win in the league as Saul Niguez netted in the second-half as they moved onto 56 points, still seven behind league leaders Barcelona. With the struggles of Real Madrid in mind, Atleti seem like the only side that have a chance of catching Lionel Messi and co, and they simply have to win this sort of game against a struggling side, although we are not overly-confident of this happening following their performance in midweek against Juventus. 

Athletic Bilbao have struggled this season with five wins in 14 at home seeing the outfit languishing in the bottom-half. Five wins at home have come with just two defeats which would be a good tally on its own, but the massive seven draws they have been held to has seen the side stutter. Atleti, like Bilbao, have been drawing far too much, although for the visitors it is on the road where they have been held to a number of stalemates. Five wins have come along with six draws and two defeats, and despite the fact they have won their last two away games in the league, they will have been hurt massively by their crushing 3-0 away loss in the Champions League at the hands of Juventus, and the physical toll of playing in midweek will surely play a part in this game. For Bilbao, a draw against Atleti would be a very good result, and we think that they will likely look to secure a point against their opponents. Atleti will want to get back to winning ways immediately, but they offered so little going forward on Tuesday, and their tactics may not lend themselves to winning games on the road. With this in mind, we are backing the teams to draw in this one. 



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

Real Betis have enjoyed their season so far as they have managed to pick up 39 points from 27 games, meaning they are just six short of Getafe in fourth-place. Betis have managed to pick up 11 wins to go with their six draws and 10 defeats, with their last victory a big one as they consigned struggling Celta Vigo to a 1-0 loss on the road. Celta may now sit in 18th in the league after a poor season, but they are still a team with some talent in their ranks, meaning any trip that results in a win is a good one, and they deservedly came away with all three points as they dominated the ball and the shots. However, they now face a very tough game as they welcome Barcelona on Sunday evening. Barca sit at the top of the table with 63 points coming from 19 wins and six draws, while they have lost just two games this season, with Lionel Messi and his side in great form yet again this year. Indeed, Barca have not lost a game in the league since November 11, with 12 wins in  their last 15. Their last outing saw the league leaders beat Rayo Vallecano 3-1 with Messi netting his 26th goal while Luis Suarez scored his 17th of the season in an impressive win for the side. The sort of form Barca have been in makes it very unlikely that this will be a match in which Real Betis get much joy, although it should be noted that Betis did beat Barca 4-3 at the Nou Camp in the return fixture. However, this scoreline should be taken with a pinch of salt, as this was something of a freak result. 

Betis have enjoyed their time at home this season, winning six of their 14 games, drawing four and losing four, although their recent form has been incredibly inconsistent of late. In their last 11 games they have won four, drawn twice and lost five, with Betis unable to secure a win and then build upon it in recent months. Barcelona meanwhile have won their last four games in a row, while they have won 10 games at home, drawing three and losing just once in this time. With Messi continually scoring and plaguing teams with his performances, we cannot see Betis getting anything from this one, with the league leaders in awesome form. We are backing this one not to see a glut of goals, with a Barcelona win and under 4.5 goals our pick. Betis have only conceded 32 goals in 27 games, and while Barca have netted 69 times, they have not bee outwardly prolific on the road, with only one of their last five games seeing more than 4.5 goals. Against a Betis side that tend to keep things tight at home, we think Barca will win, but we do not predict a glut of goals. 



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