[embed]https://youtu.be/ju6X8tgCDq0[/embed] The big story in La Liga last weekend was Barcelona’s shock 2-1 defeat at home to newly promoted Alaves which was exacerbated by Real Madrid’s 5-2 thrashing of Osasuna. Both are back in action this.
<p>[embed]https://youtu.be/ju6X8tgCDq0[/embed]</p><p>The big story in La Liga last weekend was Barcelona’s shock 2-1 defeat at home to newly promoted Alaves, which was exacerbated by Real Madrid’s 5-2 thrashing of Osasuna. Both are back in action this weekend with away ties against the distinctly average opposition, and Barcelona should get back to winning ways, while Real are expected to maintain their 100% start to the season. Both are priced low to win, so you have to delve a little deeper to find value, but there are also plenty of interesting betting options across the other eight fixtures.</p><p>Despite their shock defeat, Barcelona are still odds-on favourites to win La Liga for a third season in a row. They are as low as 8/11 with the likes of but <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4829&book=William Hill">best priced at 10/11 with William Hill</a>, Betfred and Stan James. But the odds on Real have drifted in. They are now as low as evens with William Hill, but Marathon Bet is offering 24/19, and that looks a good bet. They already have a three point advantage, and towards the end of last season, they were by far the better team as they improved markedly when Zinedine Zidane took over as manager, culminating in them winning the Champions League. Real have started the season in devastating form and Cristiano Ronaldo is now back and scoring, so they are looking pretty formidable at present.</p><p>Real’s fourth league match of the season sees them travel to Espanyol on Sunday night, and they are 1/3 with most bookmakers to win this. All of Real Madrid’s games this season have seen more than 2.5 goals – they have won 3-0, 2-1 and 5-2 – so you can get more value by backing a Real Madrid win and over 2.5 goals, which is 17/20 with Bet Stars and looks a great bet. Last season Real Madrid beat Espanyol 6-0 in both league games, and they are by far the better team. By that reckon you could give Real at least a -2 handicap and get 23/20 with Paddy Power.</p><p>Barcelona are similarly low priced for their away game against Leganes, another newly promoted club who are playing in the top flight for the first time in their 88-year history. They are 18/1 to win this, a huge price, while Barca are just 1/5. As the two teams have never met it is impossible to do a head to head analysis, but you would expect the Alaves result to be a blip and for Barcelona to get back to winning ways. Leganes lost to Sporting in their last game, and Barcelona are a far better team, so you would expect them to win by at least two clear goals. If you go into the Asian handicap and give <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4835&book=Betvictor">Barcelona a -1.75 you can get 14/19 with Bet Victor</a>.</p><p>Atletico maintained their unbeaten start to the season and got their first win in their last match as they thrashed Celta Vigo 4-0. Their next game pits them against another unbeaten side, Gijon, who have earned a remarkable seven points from three games so far this campaign. However, a win over Athletic Bilbao aside, four of those points came from newly promoted sides in Alaves and Leganes. Atletico will represent a far sterner test and Diego Simeone’s men should win this one. If the odds of 2/9 are too low for you, Bet Stars has 3/4 on an Atletico win and under 3.5 goals, which looks good as Atletico are not normally a high scoring side and typically grind out wins based on a solid defence. Their last three games against Gijon have seen under 3.5 goals.</p><p>Real Betis earned a good 3-2 win away at Valencia last time out, and are up against Granada in their next match – a game they should win. Granada have taken just one point so far this season and have lost two on the bounce, so confidence will be low and Betis can capitalise (13/14 with Marathon Bet). They have won their last two home league games against Granada and finished six places above them last season.</p>