There are several games taking place in La Liga over the next couple of days and all the big teams are in action. Atletico Madrid’s superb form means league leaders Barcelona cannot afford to take a foot off the pedal, while at the other end of the table a fascinating three-way relegation tousle is developing between Deportivo, Las Palmas and Levante. Here are some games to look out for:
Athletic Bilbao v Valencia
Valencia suffered a horrendous mid-season drop in form, but they are now back in business and a run of three straight wins has consolidated their grip on fourth place. Athletic Bilbao beat Malaga at the weekend to move up to 12th, but their season has been dogged by inconsistency. They have started taking more risks in recent weeks, and both teams to score has come in during their last four games. It has also paid off in all of Valencia’s matches since they returned to winning ways, and it looks a good option here at 4/5 with 10Bet and 3/4 with Ladbrokes and Coral.
Malaga v Sevilla
Malaga’s miserable season continues as four straight defeats left them bottom of the table and seven points adrift of safety. They are going down with a whimper, and Sevilla can take advantage by returning to winning ways in this game. They slumped to a 5-2 defeat against Atletico last time out, but they were coming off a grueling Champions League match against Man Utd and displayed fatigue. They should have a much better time against the league’s bottom team, who have lost seven out of 12 home games so far this season. They are 5/4 with Bet Victor and Betway, and that is a massive price on a vastly superior team.
Atletico Madrid v Leganes
Diego Simeone’s men have been extremely impressive since returning from the winter break, as they have won 13 and drawn one out of 14 games in all competitions. They have only lost once in the league all season, and they are now on a five-game winning streak. Their demolition of Copenhagen in the Europa League will also fuel their confidence, and they look a great bet to win that competition. They also look as though they will run Barcelona to the wire in La Liga. Atletico have the best defensive record in any of Europe’s top five leagues, and Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa are on fire in attack. They should make short work of Leganes, who are destined for mid-table obscurity. Leganes cannot hope to finish in a European place, and they are in no real relegation danger, so they will not be highly motivated for this match. The odds are short on Atletico, so the best options would be win to nil at 4/7 with Bet Victor, -1.5 Asian handicap at 20/23 with 888 Sport, or Atletico and under 3.5 goals at 13/20 with Betway.
Las Palmas v Barcelona
Barca are still unbeaten as we head into March and that is a sensational statistic when you consider the quality of the teams in this league. La Liga has seen several great Barcelona and Real Madrid teams over the years and none have managed to end a season as invincible, so if they remain unbeaten it will be an amazing achievement. Las Palmas are unlikely to halt their march. The Canary Islanders are off the bottom of the table now and battling for survival, but that counts for very little when Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez roll into town. Barca are fresh from destroying Girona 6-1, and they have the league’s best away record this season, with 10 wins from 13. Barcelona to win and over 3.5 goals looks a good option here at 15/13 with Ladbrokes.