Round 36 Recap: Top two sides in La Liga both won their matches last weekend ensuring that this season’s title race is getting more and more intense. Messi scored two goals as Barcelona defeated Villarreal 4-1 to remain top of La Liga with 2 rounds of fixtures left from this season. Real Madrid won their away match at Granada 4-0 resting a lot of their key players. Valencia bounced back from three consecutive defeats to win 4-1 home with Osasuna. Atletico secured their 3rd position winning home 1-0 against Eibar. Let’s talk about the most interesting matches of the round and find the best value bets.
Las Palmas vs. Barcelona
Barcelona travels to play 14th place Las Palmas. They are still on top of the Spanish La Liga but unfortunately for them, they need Los Blancos to lose at least one from their three remaining matches if they want to win a 3rd consecutive title. Being knocked-out of the Champions League might be good for Barcelona as they are 100% focused on their domestic league games. The Blaugrana have the best attack in the league with 108 goals scored in 36 rounds with Messi being La Liga’s top scorer with 35 goals this season. Las Palmas are coming after four defeats in their last 5 league fixtures with big internal problems affecting their performance in the 2nd part of the season. MSN (Messi, Suarez, Neymar) are playing at their best level in recent weeks and the only question of this match is the goals margin. We expect Barcelona to dominate from the 1st minute of the game and destroy Las Palmas. Their last mutual encounter was a disaster for Las Palmas conceding 5 goals and not being able to find the back of the net. Best pick for the match: Barcelona to win and over 4.5 goals in the match at 1.85 with Betfair.
Real Madrid vs. Sevilla
Los Blancos host 4th place Sevilla for the clash of the round in the Spanish football. Before this fixture, Real Madrid are traveling to play their Champions League semifinal 2nd leg at Atletico Madrid but they are already one step in the final after winning the 1st leg 3-0 on their turf. They won 4-0 last round away at Granada playing without several key players (Ronaldo, Benzema, Marcelo, Modric, Kross) and they are back level on point with Barcelona at the top of La Liga. This is the most important period of the season as they are fighting to win both Champions League and the title in La Liga. They have a match in hand on Barcelona but the busy schedule with a set of tough fixtures – home with Sevilla and away at Celta Vigo (both of them have won against Los Blancos) – might affect their game. Real Madrid have scored in their last 60 games in all competition and can break Bayern’s record of 61 games. We expect a home win but the away team contributing on the scoreboard. Best pick for the match: Real Madrid to win and both teams to score at1.9 with Bet365.
Alaves vs. Celta Vigo
10th place Alaves host 12th place, Celta Vigo. Celta Vigo are coming after four consecutive defeats but in all four of them, they rested their players. They travel to play Manchester United in the mid-week for their Europa League 2nd leg semifinals. They have the worst defense from the top 12 teams with 60 goals conceded in 35 rounds. Alaves are coming after back-to-back wins and they are trying to continue their winning strike. They’ve lost just four times in 18 home matches this season which is awesome for their 1st year in La Liga. Best pick for the match: Alaves to win the match at 1.75 with BetVictor.
Betis vs. Atletico Madrid – Atletico Madrid to win with -1 AH (Asian Handicap) at 1.95 with Bet365
Espanyol vs. Valencia – over 2.5 goals in the match at 1.7 with Betfair