La Liga Tips – Barcelona return form to continue


Madrid’s big week will get better

real Madrid 1.434/9 against Getafe 9.89/1; The drawing 4.84/1
Saturday, April 9, 8:00 p.m.
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It was an exciting week for real Madrid and now they face a crucial game in the title race, against local opposition Getafe.

Madrid benefited from a lackluster defense of chelsea in midweek to win 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. With a place in the Champions League semi-finals seemingly assured, they turn their attention to La Liga, which Real lead by twelve points, with eight games remaining.

Carlo Ancelotti may wish to rotate a bit, with the second leg against Chelsea taking place on Tuesday. We wonder if he would dare to rest Karim Benzema, who is in the shape of his life. Benzema’s hat-trick against Chelsea in midweek took his tally for the season to 37 goals in 36 games.

Getafe hope Madrid will be distracted as they try to avoid the drop. Their win over Mallorca last weekend ended a six-match winless streak (D4 L2). Back a Bet Builder hat-trick on the Sportsbook, containing a Real Madrid win, Benzema to score and over 2.5 goals, at odds of 3.02.

Another Barca win, but Levante fight hard

Levant 7.42/13 against Barcelona 1.4740/85; The drawing 5.39/2
Sunday, April 10, 8:00 p.m.
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Barcelona were also in European action midweek but have more work to do in the second leg than Real Madrid.

Xavi’s team were playing away Eintracht Frankfurt in the quarter-finals of the Europa League. They fell behind early in the first half, before leveling through Ferran Torres. After a 1-1 draw, they now need a home win next week to qualify for the semi-finals.

At one point in the season, winning the Europa League seemed like the most realistic route to qualifying for the Champions League. Now that should be achieved through La Liga, with Barca currently second in the table and potentially only nine points behind Real Madrid, if they win their game in hand. It’s an impressive turnaround, with Barcelona now unbeaten in 14 league games (W10 D4), winning each of their last five matches.

This run has included back-to-back wins over Real Madrid and Sevilla, so we should expect them to beat Levante, even if the 19th-ranked side have found some form. Fighting for survival, Levante have won three of their last seven games (D2 L2). Back a Barca win and both teams score at 2.757/4.

Valencia should be favorites

Rayo Vallecano 2.35/4 against Valencia 3.711/4; The drawing 3.412/5
Monday, April 11, 8:00 p.m.
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the the league The week’s action ends with Rayo Vallecano’s game against Valencia on Monday night.

Vallecano are in the midst of a miserable run which saw them go ten games without a win (D3 L7). There have been some notable draws lately against the likes of Betis and Sevilla, but it’s hard to see why they are favored against a Valencia side who have quietly regained some form.

Valencia are now unbeaten in six (W4 D2). The two draws in that streak were both 0-0 and with three of the four wins at 1-0, it’s clear where Jose Bordalas must improve a team that now regularly keeps clean sheets.

Choose to play it safe by supporting Valencia double chance at 1.684/6or for visitors to earn zero to 5.69/2or a Valencia victory and less than 2.5 goals to 6.511/2.


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