Barcelona Bidding to Become Invincibles

Gabe Morency

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 3:07 AM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018 3:07 AM UTC

We are now at the business end of the season in Spain and there are plenty of exciting midweek games to look forward to in the days ahead. Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona is the pick.
<p>We are now at the business end of the season in Spain and there are plenty of exciting midweek games to look forward to in the days ahead. Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona is the pick of three matches on Tuesday, while Real Madrid are among the teams in action on Wednesday, and Atletico Madrid play on Thursday. There are 10 games in total and here are the most intriguing:</p><p>; </p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona</strong></p> Barcelona are now just six games away from finishing the season as Invincibles, without a single defeat to their name. Arsenal, Juventus, Benfica and Celtic have all achieved this feat in the last 15 years, but no team in Spain has ever managed it due to the ferocity of the competition in La Liga. It would therefore be a tremendous achievement and Barcelona are now within touching distance. They still have to play Real Madrid, but that is at home, and the rest of their games look pretty comfortable. They beat Celta Vigo 5-0 earlier this season and they should be able to secure another victory on Tuesday. Celta Vigo have lost only three home games this season, but Barcelona have the league’s best away record and the odds on them winning this one are compelling: 3/4 with Bet Victor and Betfair, and 7/10 with various others. <p style="text-align:center"><strong>Valencia vs. Getafe</strong></p> Marcelino García Toral’s men lost 2-1 to Barcelona at the weekend, but there is no shame in that, and they won the previous five games in a row. They are a very good team and they are in strong form, so they should be able to record a home win against mid-table Getafe. Valencia have won 75% of their home games this season, and Getafe have lost seven out of 15 on the road, so it looks like a Valencia win. Valencia -1 Asian handicap is 7/8 with 188Bet. <p style="text-align:center"><strong>Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao</strong></p> Los Blancos are 15 points behind Barcelona and it is now all about the Champions League for them. They are into the semifinals and bidding to win Europe’s premier tournament for a third time in a row. They are preparing for a heavyweight two-legged clash with Bayern Munich and that is now their primary focus, so they are likely to rest key players such as Cristiano Ronaldo for this game. They put out a weakened side at the weekend and they scraped a 2-1 win over bottom club Malaga, and we could see a similar situation on Wednesday. Athletic Bilbao are 13th in the table and pretty poor on the road, so Real should win it, but it may not be the most emphatic of victories. Real to win and under 4.5 goals is 9/10 at Bet Stars and that looks like a great price. <p style="text-align:center"><strong>Real Sociedad vs. Atletico Madrid</strong></p> Atletico Madrid tightened their grip on second place in La Liga with a comfortable 3-0 win over Levante at the weekend. They beat Real Sociedad 2-1 earlier in the season and they have won five of the last six meetings between these two sides. Diego Simeone’s team have the best defensive record in any of Europe’s top five leagues this season, and they are strong going forwards too. Diego Costa is injured, but they still have enough quality in the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Angel Correa, Kevin Gameiro and Fernando Torres to cause plenty of problems. Real Sociedad have a poor home record and they have already lost six times at the Anoeta Stadium this season, so Atletico – who will be keen to finish above city rivals Real Madrid – should be able to pick up three points here. They are 34/25 with Marathon Bet and 13/10 with Coral and Bet Victor to do so.<p></p>
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