Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 10:29 PM (Spain)
The Derbi Madrileno takes place on Saturday as Real host fierce rivals Atletico. Can Diego Simeone’s men halt Los Blancos’ title charge? Elsewhere, Valencia welcome Celta Vigo to the Mestalla, while Eibar and Betis are set for an intriguing mid-table battle.
Here are the best bets for Round 22 of the 2019/20 La Liga campaign.
Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid – 2/1/20
Real are currently three points clear at the top of the table having lost just one of their 21 league games this term. Meanwhile, Atletico are ten points behind Real in fifth place. Atletico have failed to keep pace with their bitter rivals in the title race this season, while Real have been in excellent form. It’s difficult to pick a winner for this matchup as form generally goes out the window when the two top teams from Spain’s capital city go head-to-head. However, I think we’ll see plenty of goals in this game, so odds of 2.10 for over 2.5 goals look very attractive.
Pick: Over 2.5 Goals – 2.10
Valencia vs. Celta Vigo – 2/1/20
Valencia will come into this game full of confidence following their impressive 2-0 victory over Barcelona in their previous league outing. Maxi Gomez’s brace against the reigning champions means Valencia now sit seventh – level with sixth-place Real Sociedad on 34 points. On the other hand, Celta Vigo are down in eighteenth after drawing each of their previous three games. Celta Vigo are without a win seven league matches and are battling to avoid relegation. I’m surprised to see the odds for a Valencia win so high here, so I suggest you take advantage of them now before they drop.
Pick: Valencia to Win – 1.66
Eibar vs. Real Betis – 2/2/20
Eibar and Betis have both been very inconsistent this season. Eibar are currently fifteenth with a record of W6-D5-L10, while Betis’ record of W7-D6-L8 sees them sit twelfth – four points ahead of Eibar. Betis come into this game on the back of a defeat to Getafe, meaning they’ve only managed to win one of their previous five league games. Eibar drew with Celta Vigo last time but picked up a shock 2-0 win over Atletico the week before. Eibar are the favorites to win this matchup at 2.40, while the Betis win is 2.87. However, there’s very little separating these two teams right now, so the draw at 3.50 is very appealing.
Pick: The Draw – 3.50