La Liga Round 25: Atletico Madrid full of confidence after the Champions League victory

Alex Campean

Thursday, February 21, 2019 6:54 PM UTC

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 6:54 PM UTC

Both Barcelona and Real Madrid struggle this season dropping many points against easy opponents. Barcelona are 7 points clear at the top of the table and it looks like nobody can catch them. Let’s preview the most interesting matches of the round and deliver our best tips.

<h2>Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal</h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/es/la-liga/atletico-madrid-vs-villarreal-cf-3561220/?mtid=1" target="_blank">Sunday, February 24, Wanda Metropolitano</a></p><p>After 2 defeats in a row, Atletico Madrid bounced back winning 1-0 on the road against Rayo Vallecano and regaining their 2nd spot taking advantage of Real Madrid’s shocking home defeat to Girona. Not just that, but Simone’s players enter this home match on the back of a crucial 2-0 home win against Juventus in the 1st leg of the Champions League round of 16. It’s time for them to extend their great run of form and add 3 more points to their season tally and maintain the pressure on Barcelona. They have the best defence in the league with just 17 goals conceded in 24 rounds. Diego Costa is back and fully fit and we expect him to start in the attack next to Antoine Griezmann. On the other side, Villarreal are sitting 18th in the standings and they are fighting to avoid relegation. They are unbeaten in their last 3 La Liga matches but it will be very tough for them to pull off the upset against Atletico Madrid.</p><p>Best tip for the match: Atletico Madrid to win at 1.62 with Marathon Bet</p><p> </p><h2>Getafe vs Rayo Vallecano</h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/es/la-liga/real-betis-balompie-vs-getafe-cf-3561271/?mtid=1" target="_blank">Saturday, February 23, Coliseum Alfonso Perez</a></p><p>Getafe are one of the surprise packages of the La Liga season. They are sitting 5th in the standings and they are fighting for a top 4 finish being just 1 point behind 4th-placed Sevilla. They have a great home record winning 4 of their last 5 matches in front of their fans and conceding just 7 goals on their turf all season long. On the other side, Rayo are not travelling well, struggling to find the back of the net in their away match, scoring just 7 goals in 11 matches on the road. They enter this match on the back of 3 consecutive defeats against Leganes, Espanyol and Atletico Madrid and we expect them to extend this poor run of form and return home with no points and maybe goalless. Getafe’s fans are amazing, they are putting great pressure on their opponents and they are always pushing their team to great brilliant performances.</p><p>Best tip for the match: Getafe to win the match at 1.75 with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18">Bet365</a></p><p> </p><h2>Girona vs Real Sociedad</h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/es/la-liga/girona-fc-vs-real-sociedad-3561252/?mtid=1" target="_blank">Monday, February 25, Estadio Municipal de Montilivi</a></p><p>Girona pulled-off one of the biggest upsets of the season last round, coming back from 1 goal down to beat Real Madrid 2-1 on the road. The hosts finally bounced back after 6 consecutive defeats across all competitions and it was a crucial win for the hosts as they now sit 4 points above the red zone. They enter this clash full of confidence and eager to maximize the gap between them and the relegation zone. On the other side, Real Sociedad have better result on the road than at home. If we are talking only about their away matches, they should sit 4th in the standings. They won 5 of their 12 matches on the road scoring 16 goals in the process. They are 2 points behind the 1st European spot so we expect them</p><p>to push for the win. Both sides will have an attacking approach and they should both have enough to contribute on the scoreboard.</p><p>Best tip for the match: Both teams to score at 1.91 with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&amp;a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6" target="_blank">Betfair</a>.</p>
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