La Liga Week 24 preview and betting tips – Barcelona determined to bounce back

Alex Campean

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 8:18 PM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 8:18 PM UTC

Real Madrid are on fire in La Liga winning 5 consecutive matches and closing the gap on leaders Barcelona to 6 points. Let’s analyze the most interesting matches of the round and deliver our best value bets.

<h2>Barcelona vs Valladolid</h2><p>For the 1st time this season, Barcelona failed to score in a domestic league match being held to a goalless draw last weekend by Bilbao. They dropped 4 important points in the last 2 rounds against Valencia and Bilbao sitting just 6 points clear at the top of the table. Real Madrid are breathing down their neck and they are waiting another wrong step from the leaders to put even more pressure on them before their head-to-head later on the season. On the other side, Valladolid are just 3 points above the relegation zone having the worst attack in the league with just 19 goals scored in 23 rounds. It will be very tough for them to hold Messi and Co. from scoring goals. This match is the perfect opportunity for the hosts to return to winning ways and to do it in style. Yes, they have a Champions League match next week away in France against Lyon and they might rest some of their key players, but we still expect them to destroy a poor Valladolid side who will surely have a defensive approach and try not to concede too many goals.<br /><br /><strong>Best tip for the match: </strong>Barcelona to win with -2 Asian Handicap at 1.72 with <a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a">Unibet</a>.</p><p> </p><h2>Rayo Vallecano vs Atletico Madrid</h2><p>Simeone’s side enter this match on the back of 2 defeats in a row losing 2nd place last weekend when they were outclassed by their city rivals Real Madrid losing 3-1 at home. Despite having the best defense in the league, Atletico Madrid struggle to find the back of the net. Diego Costa has returned to training for the first time since November after recovering from a foot injury. We expect him to replace Morata in the starting XI for the Champions League match against Juventus, but we also believe he will be used in the 2nd half of the game against Rayo Vallecano. Rayo are fighting to avoid relegation are they are sitting 18th in the standings, 1 point behind the 1st salvation place. They have the 2nd worst defense in the league with 40 goals conceded this term. We expect a clear away win but given Atletico’s Champions League commitments we will play it safe.<br /><br /><strong>Best tip for the match:</strong> Atletico Madrid to win at 1.75 with Betfair.</p><p> </p><h2>Eibar vs Getafe</h2><p>Getafe are the surprise package in the Spanish top-flight league this season sitting 5th in the standings just 2 points behind the Champions League spots. They have the 2nd best defense after Atletico Madrid with 19 goals conceded in 23 rounds being very organized both at home and away. On the side, Eibar are a tough team to play against in front of their fans. They have a small stadium and they crowd is few meters near the pitch which makes it difficult for all their opponents. They have a great home record earning 22 points and scoring 22 goals in 12 matches. They are pressuring high in all their matches on their turf and they are always giving everything on the pitch trying to give their fans something to cheer for.</p><p><strong>Best tip for the match:</strong> Over 2 goals Asian Handicap at 1.85 with <a href=";a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829">Coral</a>.</p>
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