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08-Jun 2020 Monday 1:26 PM (109 days ago)
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La Liga: Madrid Have Big Prize In Their Sights

There’s a reason Real Madrid are back in contention for the La Liga title this season.

In fact, there are probably three reasons.

One is that the Barcelona class of 2020 is nowhere near the quality of the side it was a decade or so ago – the 2011 team was possibly the greatest I’ve ever seen – and is even a poor imitation of the team from four or five years ago.

Secondly, it’s because Atletico Madrid has consistently been forced to sell its best players and that has finally caught up with the club, despite boss Diego Simeone continuing to help Los Rojiblancos overachieve in style.

And then there is the main reason relating to Real themselves.

That is because Zinedine Zidane is back at the helm and, if ever a club and manager seemed a perfect fit, this is it.

This Real side does not possess the quality it once had and now has a number of players on the wrong side of 30.

But the Frenchman has made them more competitive again and a number of them feature in my most impressive performers in 2019-20 so far.

Real Madrid are only 2 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona

Zinedine Zidane giving instructions from the touchline

While his recruits from last summer have only played a bit part to this stage, he has them playing more together as a team and that is not something which has always been said about a club known as the ‘Galacticos’ because of its penchant for buying individual superstars, sometimes to the detriment of the overall team balance.

With potentially promising youngsters waiting in the wings, now could be an ideal opportunity for Real to pull the punches and sneak up on Barcelona just when the Catalonians thought they were pulling away.

The recent victory in El Clásico spoke volumes for their ability to turn on the style when it matters and they still have proven match winners in the ranks.

So, while Barcelona are favourites, a first Madrid La Liga success in three years remains a distinct possibility.

They’ve certainly been boosted by the news that Eden Hazard is close to a return and, if he finds form, could be the key figure to cap a bright end to a campaign which has been mainly ruined by injuries.

The Belgian captain, signed from Chelsea last summer, suffered a hamstring injury in mid-August upon his arrival in Madrid.

He then sustained two significant injuries – a hairline crack in the foot which saw him miss 17 games for the club before suffering a fissure of the fibula and requiring surgery.

Hazard underwent surgery in early March and was sure to miss the remainder of the campaign until the hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Since then, renovations have got underway at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu for that is not where Real will play its six remaining league games which, of course, will be played behind closed doors.

Instead, the venue will be the club’s Di Stefano.

New floodlights will be erected at the Valdebebas pitch to ensure it is fully illuminated for television broadcasts, and advertising billboards are set to be installed in order to comply with sponsorship deals.

The players have also started training once a week at the Di Stefano to get used to the new turf; the idea this will help them acclimatise to the environment of their temporary new home.

On another note, if reports are to be believed, this may be an unusually quiet summer in the transfer market for Real.

The board considers the first team squad of sufficient strength and, like many clubs, have lost a lot of their sources of revenue during the enforced break, from ticket sales to museum tours.

Club bosses want to see if the losses made from this season can be salvaged by the wage cut taken being by the players and directors.

If the situation continues into next term, Los Blancos expect to lose around 150 million euros of revenue from playing behind closed doors, with ticket sales and stadium marketing non-existent.

It is this situation has led the Madrid board to plan for a summer without any new signings, with the pursuits of transfer targets being put on hold.

As I write this, I find it hard to believe that Spain’s richest club will be so quiet.

The kudos and financial benefit of being crowned La Liga champions wouldn’t half help though!

 

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La Liga: Factors to Make or Break Barca’s Season

Barcelona will return to action next week in search of a third successive La Liga title, there are 11 games to play in a mini-season and the reigning champions are in a two-horse race.

They are leading at the moment, though Real Madrid are chasing the Blaugrana hard, and only two points separate the Clasico rivals, with the rest of the field in the distance, a further nine points adrift. It’s Barca’s to lose, but I suspect we may see a few twists and turns and plenty of drama, and the Catalans need a few factors to go in their favour.

 

Luis Suarez can make an explosive return

One such factor already has. The break in the season following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has given one of the Blaugrana’s key players time to recover from a long term injury.

Following successful knee surgery in January Luis Suarez has returned to full training and the Uruguayan hitman has been cleared to play when Barca face Real Mallorca in six days time. He was in scintillating form before his injury lay-off, scoring 11 goals and making seven assists, playing over 600 minutes fewer than his team-mate and league-leading scorer, Lionel Messi. The Barca skipper has 19 and looks very likely to win the Golden Boot but Suarez would have been right up there if he had been available throughout the season.

He might make up a little ground on Messi because the Argentine is a slight doubt as he is carrying a thigh strain which will need treatment this week. Head coach Quique Setien won’t take any risks at this early stage and he can rely on France international Antoine Griezmann to support Suarez if necessary.

 

Can Setien handle the pressure?

Following the sacking of Ernesto Valverde in January, more than a few eyebrows were raised when the Catalans appointed Setien to take over at the helm.

The new man has had a modest career, to say the least. His win percentage at Barcelona, 67 per cent, is the first time he’s exceeded 50 in seven jobs, with an aggregate of 38. He is yet to win a trophy as a coach, though he did guide Racing Santander to promotion in 2002 before leaving at the end of the campaign due to pressure.

Quique Setien is hoping to win La Liga this season with Barcelona

Barcelona manager Quique Setien heads back to the bench before the match

So far, he seems to be coping at the Camp Nou. He has plenty of experience in his side to call upon. Behind the front three, Sergio Busquets is still a powerful presence in the middle of the park, while the towering Gerard Pique is a great comfort at the back. The 33-year-old central defender has experience in bucket loads with eight La Liga titles and four Champions League medals to his name.

 

Los Blancos likely Champions League exit

Barcelona still have designs on the Champions League and should navigate a second leg tie against Napoli having drawn the first leg. But Real Madrid have a big uphill task to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit to favourites Manchester City.

That could work in Real’s favour if European commitments play on the minds of the Blaugrana, and Zinedine Zidane’s men also took a psychological advantage just before the lockdown with a 2-0 victory over Messi and Co. Vinicius Junior and Mariano were on the score sheet and that will have been hugely pleasing to ZZ, who has struggled to find a reliable replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo since his departure in 2018.

Karim Benzema has struggled manfully, as a lone striker, and has bagged 14 goals, but big-money players have failed to contribute. In his first season at the Bernabeu Eden Hazard has been unlucky with injuries, while the troubled Welshman Gareth Bale has only made 11 starts. And Luka Jovic’s high profile move from Eintracht Frankfurt hasn’t worked out so far.

 

The fixtures are in Blaugrana’s favour

While they may have more than one priority, the fixture list looks helpful to the champions. With 11 games to play Barca face the bottom four, including Real Mallorca and Leganes in their first two games after the restart; so we can reasonably assume their opening La Liga 2020 results in phase two of the campaign will yield six points.

Seven of Barca’s opponents are in the bottom half of the table and their biggest tests will come against Sevilla and Atletico Madrid. In contrast, Los Blancos have more teams to play from the top half of the table and face five of the top nine.

Setien’s big club inexperience, compared to Zidane is the most worrying factor for me, but on balance I’m backing Barca to win a third consecutive league title; and the latest La Liga 2020 betting odds here at SBOBET pitch Barcelona at 1.52 with Los Blancos at 2.20.

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La Liga: The Wait is Almost Over!

So, are you ready to go?

We are certainly all set here at SBOBET and can’t wait for La Liga to restart in what could be a thrilling conclusion to the 2019-20 campaign.

What’s more, there are potentially La Liga highlights galore to come with so many matters yet to be determined and so many questions requiring answers.

Can Barcelona retain the title, can Real Madrid prove consistent enough to be ready to pounce, are Atletico Madrid going to qualify for the Champions League (through the league), can Getafe produce one of Spanish football’s biggest surprises in recent decades, will Espanyol pull off the great escape?

Between now and July 19, all will be revealed

Even before the coronavirus hit, this was the weirdest of La Liga seasons, with Granada (now ninth) topping the table in October and Atletico good enough to eliminate Liverpool from the Champions League by winning both legs but only for sixth in their domestic table.

Aside from the unpredictability, when football returns, there will also be lots more to get used to.

For example, there will be no yellow cards for spitting or hugging, while the technical committee for referees has applied common sense by deciding it won’t punish players for hugging during goalscoring celebrations.

Elsewhere, players will be kept apart on the substitutes’ bench and will be expected to maintain standard social-distancing precautions (why when opposing players will be challenging and tackling each other is beyond me).

There will also be no handrails for players to hold on to whilst waiting in the tunnel, and there will be no handshakes between players and officials before kick-off.

All 20 teams in the league have 11 matches to play and the head of La Liga, Javier Tebas, says there will be matches played every day in Spain until the season is completed.

Tebas has also given details of a planned tribute to the victims of the pandemic, with audio recordings of fan applause transmitted into each stadium and broadcast on TV in the 20th minute of each game.

The changes don’t end there.

With the use of 3D technology, empty stadiums will be filled with images and sounds of virtual fans.

Most of the match feed will come from the main camera, showing the pitch as normal, rather than additional pitchside cameras which are initially banned to limit the number of people inside the stadium.

This will allow the broadcasters to set up a system where a virtual crowd – taken from the FIFA 20 video game – can be seen in the stands alongside the real-life action.

Furthermore, it will all be accompanied by crowed noise recorded from previous matches inside each individual stadium, which rises at moments of excitement.

Who’d have thought it!

With just a few days until the season resumes, leaders and reigning champions Barcelona are growing increasingly worried about the threat of injuries in their squad.

During the lockdown, Barca players were given exercises to do as part of their preparations for the rest of the campaign, but in the first few days back in training, five members of Quique Setien’s squad succumbed to injury.

Barcelona are set for contact training in preparation for the 2019/20 La Liga season comeback

Barcelona players and coaches during their training session at Camp Nou last March 2020

Of course, this is a concern that exists at every club up and down the country, indeed across Europe, who are returning to action after such a long break.

The immediate spotlight will be on the title race where Setien believes his team will have to try and take maximum points from their remaining 11 games if they are to retain the top prize.

As for arch-rivals and second-placed Real Madrid, they appear to have a tougher run of games, although perhaps that will count for little given that Real Sociedad, Granada and Athletic Bilbao are particularly strong in front of their own fans and this time won’t have that backing (in person anyway).

Manager Zinedine Zidane is leaving nothing to chance either. He organised a full game at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, where Real will play their home matches, splitting his squad into two to get them used to play at their temporary new home and in front of so fee spectators.

In the hunt for the Champions League places, it seems as though third-place Sevilla and Valencia, currently in the seventh spot, have the easiest run-ins, but I still expect Atletico (in sixth) to come through and secure one of the places ahead of Real Sociedad and surprise package Getafe.

At the bottom, Celta Vigo and Real Valladolid can count themselves lucky that their run-in appears kinder than those also battling for survival.

But would you bet on them both staying up SBOBET fans?

This will all unfold in just over the next month.

Whatever happens, the return of football is good news in a country which was devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.

For a while, a return seemed unthinkable when thousands were dying a day. Most looked at football in a recreational light, not as an economic industry that could collapse like any other.

Hopefully, those days are now gone for good.

La Liga is nearly back.

 

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La Liga: 5 Things to Know About Karim Benzema

It has been a while since we’ve seen our favourite players in La Liga because of the coronavirus pandemic. And finally, the wait is over come June 11th.

Upon checking the league table, Barcelona and Real Madrid are in a tight two-way race for the title as they have 58 and 56 points respectively with neither being favoured in our La Liga 2020 odds.

But before we get into the matches, let’s feature this player who has been around the block for quite some time now.

This player is one of my personal favourites and is often underrated when it comes to being considered one of the best strikers of all time. He is, after all, a huge reason why Los Blancos have enjoyed a ton of success over the past decade.

Just like how my SBOBET colleague featured one of his teammates in Eden Hazard, allow us to take a closer look at Karim Benzema on his life on and off the field.

 

He belongs to a family of footballers

While Karim Benzema’s parents aren’t exactly known for their football, it was his brothers who shared the love of the beautiful game with him.

For the Real Madrid striker, he started off as a ballboy for Bron Terraillon when he was much younger and several scouts from Olympique Lyonnais took notice of him when he showed out during an U-10 match to where he scored a brace.

From there, Karim Benzema saw his stock continually rise as he performed well in the Lyon academy, notching 32 goals for their U-16 team in the local league.

His younger brothers in Gressy and Sabri followed in his footsteps and became decent footballers in their own right.

Gressy often makes the most of his opportunity by following his brother around in Real Madrid practices and even played futsal before currently playing for Vaulx-le-Velin in the sixth division of French football. Sabri, on the other hand, is playing for Bron Terraillon.

 

He owns the record for the fastest El Clasico goal ever

Karim Benzema – not Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi – owns the record for the fastest goal in El Clasico history.

In a match back in 2011, the French national scored the first goal of the game in just 21 seconds to put his team ahead, although they eventually lost 3-1.

La Liga star Karim Benzema plays at a high-level and his affinity for luxury reflects in his lifestyle off the pitch

Karim Benzema celebrates scoring Real Madrid’s first goal in a match against Real Betis

After a mad scramble, Karim Benzema was at the right place and at the right time when the ball floated right into his spot for an easy point-blank finish.

To prove that his goalscoring exploits are no fluke, Benzema is one of the top goalscorers in La Liga history with 241 goals in 501 appearances. He is still in his prime and is expected to add more goals along with the best La Liga 2020 highlights this term.

 

Karim Benzema had a short relationship with Rihanna

Karim Benzema’s love life, for the most part, isn’t publicised except back in 2015 when he dated international music icon Rihanna.

The two were often seen together partying in clubs all over Hollywood and looked to be on their way to become an item. However, one obstacle was standing in the way in Rihanna’s former lover Chris Brown.

According to Spanish publication Don Balon, the pop star admittedly had feelings for the Real Madrid striker but she felt the need to cut their growing relationship short since she is not yet over with Chris Brown.

Both of them remain unmarried as of the moment. However, Karim Benzema is now a proud father of two kids.

 

The French striker loves his cars

His affinity for high class cars is well-documented especially given what he’s earned playing at a high-level.

The 32-year-old goalscorer has a car collection that most people would be envious to look at, which includes rides such as the Bugatti Veyron, Mercedes Benz-SLR, Rolls Royce, Lamborghini Gallardo, and the Ferrari 458 Spider.

 

Corporate sponsorship is a wonderful thing for a football player, especially since Real Madrid are in partnership with Audi. If you’re a player for Los Blancos, you are expected to get your hands on the latest cars from the German automobile outfit.

In 2017, Benzema was seen in the Audi Q5 and the RS6 Avant C7, which are estimated with a total of £130,000 as part of their marketing campaign.

 

A big what-if for the French national team

But for all of his success playing for Real Madrid, it’s safe to say that Karim Benzema’s time with the French national team is quite underwhelming.

He’s had success earlier when he was part of the U-17 team that won the European Football Championship and he went on to earn all caps at all levels representing his country.

However, given his personal problems along with his lack of goals under Didier Deschamps, Benzema eventually fell out of favour with the national team.

From his Valbuena scandal to his animosity towards Olivier Giroud, Deschamps has developed an aversion for him despite giving him so many chances earlier.

Karim Benzema will always be a cautionary tale for the French national team. But in La Liga, his name is up there as one of the league’s all-time greats.

 

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La Liga: Can Sevilla be Kings of Spain?

It is the best team in Andalusia, but Sevilla is a nearly club on the national stage, impressing in European competition, but often in the shadow of El Clasico back home.

And so it is again this season with Barcelona and Real Madrid battling it out for the league title, while the latest La Liga 2020 betting odds predict Sevilla will secure a top four position.

When La Liga returns this week, the opening fixture against Real Betis will be watched around the world. It’s a game Los Palanganas should win, at odds of 1.873 here at SBOBET, and that would cement them in third place.

 

Bosses in Andalusia

While Sevilla has spent the last few seasons chasing Barcelona and the Madrid clubs, Real Betis and Granada have looked up to their neighbours in Seville.

You have to go back to 1946 to find Los Palanganas’ last La Liga title, but they have also won five Spanish Cups – the last in 2010 – and a record five Europa Leagues which includes a hat-trick of triumphs between 2014 and 2016.

They return to action this week and they are unbeaten in six. They currently sit in third place in the league table, a point ahead of Real Sociedad and Getafe and two clear of Atletico Madrid.

They are the epitome of consistency in the Spanish League. After a single season in the Segunda Division at the turn of the millennium, Sevilla have been in the top half of the table in every one of the last 18 campaigns – including a fourth placed finish in 2017.

 

A canny coach and a together team

Lucas Ocampos is the top scorer of Sevilla with ten goals in La Liga

Lucas Ocampos celebrates after a securing a goal

Julen Lopetegui has done much to restore his reputation this season, after he left the Spain national team on the eve of World Cup 2018 for the top job at Real Madrid.

He then crashed and burned spectacularly at the Santiago Bernabeu, getting the sack in October after his side suffered a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Barcelona.

Sevilla announced the signing of Lopetegui in June 2019 by handing him a three year deal and the first campaign has gone very much to plan.

He is back to the form that made him a successful coach at Porto and has a win percentage of 54 in his first season as Sevilla boss.

And while the La Liga 2020 news will continue to be dominated by the likes of Leo Messi, Sergio Ramos, Luis Suarez, and Eden Hazard, Sevilla has a team of its own stars, but with smaller egos and an unerring passion for their teammates and the club.

Captain Jesus Navas has Sevilla running through his veins as he was a fan-favourite in a glittering career between 2003 and 2013. And after a four year stint at Manchester City, he returned to captain his home team.

In January, Navas became the first player to make 500 appearances in all competitions for Sevilla when he featured in a 1-1 draw versus Athletic Bilbao.

Midfield ace Ever Banega, at 31, provides plenty of experience and bite in the middle of the park.

His Argentine compatriot Lucas Ocampos is top scorer with ten goals which includes a penalty to earn a draw against Atletico Madrid just before the break. At 6-foot-2 and 25 years of age, he is a powerful presence with time on his side.

24-year-old Munir El-Haddadi and 25-year-old Oliver Torres are both dangerous attacking midfielders.

While in the centre of defence, Diego Carlos Santos Silva is a commanding leader, while 23-year-old full-back Sergio Reguilon, who is on loan from Real Madrid, is a real prospect.

 

 

Best player in the world

While the current crop of Sevilla players are more substance than show, back in September 1992, the club hit the headlines by signing Diego Maradona in a £4.5-M deal which stunned the football world.

The Argentina legend and former Napoli star had left the Serie A club in disgrace after copping a 15-month ban for cocaine abuse.

He was the player of the tournament in the 1986 World Cup, lifting the trophy as captain of Argentina. And days after his arrival in Andalusia, Sevilla’s membership grew from 26,000 to 40,000 as the club made an excess £2.2-M in ticket sales.

Fans hoped the 31-year-old could replicate the success he had at Napoli, who had never been champions of Italy before he won two Serie A titles there, but alas, he could not deliver for Sevilla. However, he showed the fans plenty of his magic in a season in which he scored five goals in 26 games.

There are few better sights in football than a packed Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium and fans still remember the Maradona year.

Now they look to the future.

To wrestle the title from reigning champions Barcelona this season would be an incredible feat, but next season Sevilla will be ready to challenge again.

But this week, the plan is simply to win the Seville Derby and keep hold of that third place.

 

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La Liga Set for Spicy Restart with Seville Derby

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La Liga is set to restart the season with a bang as fierce rivals Sevilla and Real Betis collide in the Seville derby, also known as The Great Derby.

Sevilla, who are currently up in third place and are looking good for a Champions League place, are set to host Betis at an empty Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.

But even with no fans present, this is still expected to be a fiery affair, with Betis hoping to defy the La Liga 2020 betting odds and deal a blow to their rivals’ Champions League dreams.

 

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Sevilla’s top scorer looking doubtful to play

Sevilla have had a solid first season under manager Julen Lopetegui. They haven’t been nearly as flashy going forward as in past years. Instead, Lopetegui has instilled a solidity to Sevilla at the back. They’ve conceded just 29 goals in 27 games, the fifth-best defensive record in the league.

Although, that defensive solidity has been a bit wobbly in 2020. Since returning from the winter break, Sevilla have kept just two clean sheets. They’ve also conceded two goals four times in their last five matches, including their 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid just before the suspension of play.

Thankfully, leading scorer Lucas Ocampos has been in fine form in 2020. The Argentine has scored five of his 10 league goals over his last six appearances and in each of his last four games. Sevilla went undefeated in those four matches, with two wins and two draws. Ocampos also found the net in Sevilla’s 2-1 win over Betis earlier this season.

However, Ocampos has missed training this week due to a muscle injury, and his status for the derby remains uncertain.

Ocampos’ absence would be a huge loss for Sevilla, who have greatly relied on his goals. Lopetegui will likely turn to Suso to start alongside Luuk de Jong and Nolito in case Ocampos does miss out.

Meanwhile, Lopetegui will have key midfielders Oliver Torres and Fernando back from suspension to make up for the suspended Nemanja Gudelj.

 

Betis eager to improve bad away form

La Liga: Nabil Fekir is currently having a good season with Real Betis after scoring even goals so far

Nabil Fekir in action playing for Real Betis

Real Betis went into the break on quite a high as they knocked off title challengers Real Madrid at home, 2-1. Former Barcelona man Cristian Tello’s late ssaw Betis finally snap a poor run of six league matches without a win (three draws, three losses).

Despite their dip in form, Betis are still looking safe from relegation. They’re currently in 12th place, eight points clear of the drop with 11 games left.

Betis owe much of their success this season to Nabil Fekir. The Frenchman, who was once heavily linked with English champions-elect Liverpool, has been brilliant in his first season in La Liga, scoring seven goals with three assists.

Fekir continued his fine play during Betis’ recent struggles as he scored three goals and set up two more in his last five appearances. He also scored a goal against Barcelona before getting sent off.

However, even Fekir has been unable to do much about Betis’ poor defence, as well as their struggles away from home. They’ve already conceded 43 goals this season — third-most in the league — and have won just once in 13 away matches (six draws, six losses) with only 11 goals scored.

 

History

Sevilla hold a substantial edge over their rivals in recent meetings. In their last 47 meetings since 1995, Sevilla have won 21 to Betis’ 10, with 16 draws.

Sevilla have won back-to-back Seville derbies after Betis went a stretch of three matches unbeaten, with two wins over their rivals. But prior to that, Sevilla had gone unbeaten in eight derbies in a row, with six wins and two draws.

Betis’ last win at the Sanchez Pizjuan was a classic 5-3 back in 2018. Legendary Betis captain Joaquin had a fine game with two assists, while Cristian Tello came on to add an assist and a goal deep in stoppage time.

 

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Sevilla FC vs Real Betis 1X2 Draw @ 3.30
June 12, 04:00 (GMT+8)

SBOBET odds have Sevilla priced at 1.91 to mark their return with a home win, while Betis are 4.10 underdogs to play spoilers at the Sanchez Pizjuan. A draw is 3.30.
As with most derbies, this one is a tough call. But it’s made even tougher with the uncertainty surrounding the two sides coming back from the long break.

Sevilla are rightly still favourites, but despite losing just once in their last 11 at the Sanchez Pizjuan, their recent home form has not been all that impressive. They’ve won just two of their last six. Meanwhile, the potential absence of Ocampos will be a huge blow for a Sevilla side that is a bit short on goals.
With all of those factors in mind, I’m leaning ever so slightly toward the Seville derby ending in a draw.

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La Liga: Granada and Getafe In For An Exciting Showdown

Granada vs Getafe

The long wait is finally over as La Liga is back to pick up where we left off this weekend.

There are a couple of fascinating matches to choose from, especially since we are approaching the conclusion of the 2019/20 season to where Barcelona and Real Madrid are neck-and-neck in the championship race.

Looking at the La Liga table, Barcelona are ahead of two points against Real Madrid while Sevilla, Real Sociedad, and Getafe occupy the rest of the top five positions.

From chasing championship glory to jockeying for coveted positions in the standings, every match matters moving forward so SBOBET fans who love their football should take note of every La Liga 2020 results from here on out.

Today, we’re going to feature the game between Granada and Getafe – two middling teams who are vying for at least a Europa League spot.

Getafe are much better off at the fifth spot with 46 points while Granada have some catching up to do as they are placed ninth with 38 points.

Can El Grana close the gap with a big win at home this weekend? Or will Los Azulones fortify their hold at the fifth spot? Let us examine both of these clubs for this weekend’s contest.

 

Talking Points

El Grana look to keep it going

Granada will aim to start on a good note come Friday night as they try to extend their unbeaten run to six matches.

Prior to the mandated hiatus, Diego Martinez’s side were able to secure two wins and two draws by turning in some of their best work on both ends of the pitch.

In their wins against Real Valladolid and Osasuna, they’ve managed to find the back of the net five times total while keeping a clean sheet as well. They also drew level against Levante and Celta Vigo.

After initially struggling in some stretches during the season, the attacking duo of Darwin Machis and Carlos Fernandez have been on target during their run. All in all, they’ve accounted for 11 goals and six assists so far this term.

It can be remembered that Granada have had a fantastic start earlier this season to where they even ended up second at the table.

But alas, they’ve fallen back to earth when the law of averages have caught up with them and Roberto Soldado struggled in finding his form.

However, fast forward to today, El Grana have momentum on their side coming into this weekend, but they need to back it up with superb play on both ends in order to fully get back on their feet.

Roberto Soldado, who has only two goals and four assists this term, will be needed more than ever to recapture his talismanic form just like how he was playing for Valencia and Tottenham in the Premier League.

 

 

Getafe punching above their weight

One of the biggest stories this season is how Getafe defied the La Liga 2020 odds despite their limited resources.

They were indeed a surprising package this season made up of unheralded heroes who have been instrumental to their ongoing campaign so far.

The trio of Angel Rodriguez, Jaime Mata, and Jorge Molina are in dangerous form with the way they were scoring the football. They have accounted for 30 goals and eight assists so far this season.

Jose Bordalas’ side, however, were underwhelming prior to the break upon looking at their recent results.

They were annihilated by Sevilla and lost to Ajax in the Europa League while almost losing to a lower-seeded club in RCD Mallorca and they were held goalless versus Celta Vigo.

In order to stay to where they are, like Granada, an auspicious start will be needed starting this weekend.

Atletico Madrid and Valencia will be creeping behind them as they jostle for the Europa League spots, so football fans should definitely keep an eye on that moving forward.

 

 

History

It has been a while since Getafe visited Granada at the Nuevo Los Carmenes. In their most recent meeting, however, Los Azulones dominated the match with a 3-1 tally.

Overall, they’ve faced each other 12 times. Granada won in five while Getafe won in three along with four draws.

 

 

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Granada vs Getafe 1×2 Draw @ 2.91
June 13, 01:30 (GMT+8)

With both teams looking evenly matched on paper, expect this weekend’s fixture to be full or fireworks from both sides.

Goals are to be anticipated on this one given how this matchup unfolded over the past few years. Both of them managed to score at least three goals total every fixture, except for the goalless draw that they had two years ago.

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La Liga: Valencia Derby Is Our Weekend Starter

Valencia vs Levante

Yes folks, SBOBET La Liga 2020 is back! And on Friday night (European time) we have a mouth-watering derby to look forward to, kicking off a feast of football for the weekend.

La Liga; Valencia vs Levante… doesn’t that sound great? It’s been a while coming, and after the Seville derby starts things off on Thursday evening it’s the turn of the Valencians to put on a show.

The Mestalla will be oddly silent on Friday night, but Valencia head coach Albert Celades will have no problem lifting his players after a two-month wait, and they have a job to complete, currently sitting on the edge of the automatic European places, but well in the hunt.

Meanwhile, Levante is hoping to finish off a solid season, they currently sit in 13th place on 33 points and eight clear of the drop zone.

 

Talking Points

Defence could be key to Valencia’s hopes

A 3-4 defeat to Atalanta in the Champions League, just before the break, exposed some defensive frailties in a Valencia side which has conceded more goals than any of the other top seven teams in La Liga. Striker Kevin Gameiro was on target twice but Atalanta’s Josip Ilicic simply tore apart the Valencia rearguard, scoring four goals and giving the Italians an 8-4 aggregate win.

Back in La Liga, Sevilla is in pole position for a top four place, while Atletico Madrid, Real Sociedad and Getafe are in the chase, but Valencia is only four points behind Sociedad in fourth place. A Champions League return is not out of the question but it will be if they continue to leak goals.

Former Arsenal defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin could be a key player if he can recapture his Gunners’ form, while skipper Dani Parejo is more forward-looking, scoring eight goals; level with Uruguayan striker Mai Gomez.

In reality, Valencia might have to chase hard for a Europa League place, but they should set their sights higher, playing to win while keeping things tight.

 

 

Levante need two or three wins

Levante head coach Paco Lopez can be pleased with his work this season as Los Granotas find themselves just a couple of wins away from survival for a third year in succession. They are looking to improve on consecutive 15th placed finishes since promotion back to La Liga in 2017, and are well on track with 11 games to play.

The underdogs are happy to take on the big guns and had a party when captain Jose Lui Morales scored a stunning winner in Levante’s victory over Real Madrid in February.

It was a defeat which cost Los Blancos the top spot as Barcelona hammered Eibar 5-0 on the same day. Real missed a bucket load of chances before Morales latched on to a long ball from Nikola Vukcevic and hammered a first time volley past Thibaut Courtois and into the net for a late winner.

Players to look out for are top scorer Roger Marti who has 11 goals to his name, creative midfield star Jose Campana and raiding wing back Jorge Miramon, who has made five assists.

Levante’s Roger Marti has scored the most braces in La Liga 2019/20 season

Roger Marti celebrates with Levante teammates

 

History

The hosts have certainly had the better of the head to head Valencia vs Levante results in recent years. Valencia have won 13 of the 25 meetings since 2005, with Levante managing to win five and draw seven.

The Mestalla club has won three of the last five, including a 2-4 win in Levante, and drawn to other two. The return match at the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia was a real battle as Celades’ men fought back from a two goals deficit. Marti had put Levantes two ahead before dragging their illustrious visitors back into the game with an own goal. Gameiro, with two goals and a late Ferran Torres strike turned the game on its head.

 

 

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Valencia vs Levante Total Goals 2-3 @ 1.98
June 13, 04:00 (GMT+8)

The pre-match Valencia vs Levante betting odds point to a home win for Celades’ boys. When playing at the Mestalla they have not lost to Levante in their last 12 encounters, so it’s no surprise that Valencia is at 1.74 to win, with the draw at 3.54 and Levante at 4.17 to spring a surprise.

Los Granotas have lost their last five on the road and with Valencia’s home record of eight wins, six draws and no defeats it’s hard to see an away win.

But this is like an opening fixture of the season and it could be cagey, with both sides organising their defences to frustrate.

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Hold Onto Your Tapas – La Liga is Back!

Mallorca vs Barcelona

Spanish football is back everyone – hold onto your tapas!

La Liga is returning and the champions are in town.

On their day, that is still a sight to behold.

Yet this is a game of utmost importance to both clubs; when the importance of the result will outweigh any aesthetically pleasing performance.

Not only a match that I selected as one of the big five clashes between now and the end of the season, but also one that will prove a steep learning curve as the first back following the three-month hiatus.

Certainly, with both sides needing the points for very different reasons, there’ll be no time to ease back into action.

 

Talking Points

With 11 fixtures to be played in little more than a month, Barcelona boss Quique Setien knows players’ fitness will play a key role in their title push.

The league leaders are two points clear of arch-rivals Real Madrid at the top, while Real Mallorca are in the drop zone but only one point adrift of safety in a basement battle which sees five teams separated by just six points. 

Mallorca want to ensure their first top-flight season in seven years is not a solitary one, while Barca are aiming to secure the title with Setien, Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong looking for their first piece of silverware at the Nou Camp.

They have an advantage in that the enforced break has allowed Luis Suarez to return after the Uruguayan seemed to have been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.

Suarez underwent knee surgery in January and is now fit, but Setien isn’t sure whether he’ll start at Son Moix.

Nevertheless, his availability is a boost as this is the first time Setien will be able to field the striker since he was appointed as Ernesto Valverde’s successor in January.

Two names have been particularly popular when talking about the summer transfer window for Barcelona – Lautaro Martinez and Miralem Pjanic.

Yet they can’t afford to think of what may be right now. They need to focus on the undoubted talent they already have – led, of course, by their brilliant captain.

Setien has declared Lionel Messi fit to play amidst some concern over whether the Argentine would be fit after suffering a muscle problem in training.

La Liga defending champions Barcelona will face Mallorca away from home

Barcelona players and coaching staff group together at the center circle of the pitch during training

That will be a massive lift as he is the player who, at times this term, has appeared to single-handedly drag the side to the summit, even when below par.

He is the maestro who has created La Liga highlights galore and seems to score or make the key difference when it matters the most.

As for Mallorca, they have secured some memorable results this year, including a 1-0 victory over Real, a 4-1 hammering of Valencia and toppling Villarreal 3-1.

There will certainly be an added incentive this weekend for Madrid loanee Takefusa Kubo, 19, who has impressed in his first full season in Europe. The club also has Ki Sung-yueng, a major addition who made his debut just before coronavirus brought the game to a standstill.

Barca start as favourites but if Mallorca are able to frustrate them, the longer the game goes on, the more the pressure will grow on the illustrious visitors.

La Liga president Javier Tebas has confirmed he hopes to have some supporters back in stadiums by the end of the season.

He says talks will take place with the government in a fortnight to discuss the possibility of fans returning when it is safe to do so.

If that does happen, I wonder what the state of play will be for both these sides. The crucial run-in starts here.

 

History

The teams last met in La Liga in December when Messi – who else – inspired Barca to a 5-2 win with a hat-trick.

You have to go back six years to the meetings before then, given Mallorca were not in the top flight from 2013-2019.

Barca beat Mallorca 5-0 at home and 4-2 away (in which Messi scored twice) during the 2012/13 campaign.

 

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Mallorca vs Barcelona Total Goal 2-3 @ 2.17
June 14, 04:00 (GMT+8)

No surprise that the SBOBET La Liga betting odds back a Barca bonanza.

But a word of caution.

They may have been almost perfect at home this season with 13 wins and a draw, but are just the fifth-best team in terms of away results.

The Blaugrana have won five, lost five and drawn three away from the Nou Camp – and Mallorca have only conceded 14 goals in 14 home games so far.

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La Liga: Auspicious Restart For Sevilla

Sevilla 2-0 Real Betis

What an exciting time to be a football fan once more as La Liga is back in full swing this weekend.

We are more than excited here at SBOBET to see our favourite players and teams back in action. And last night, we’ve been treated to an exciting matchup between Sevilla and Real Betis at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.

The home team were able to kick things off with a resounding win against their Seville derby rivals as they scored two goals while keeping a clean sheet.

Lucas Ocampos, whose fitness was in doubt prior to this match, churned out a fine performance all throughout this fixture – which includes scoring the goal that gave Sevilla the lead for good.

The Argentinian winger also had a hand for the second goal of the evening for Sevilla. As expected, he was named Man of the Match last night.

Despite playing on an empty arena, Sevilla showed no rust whatsoever in their overall play as they controlled the pace on both ends of the pitch. They were, after all, heavily favoured in our La Liga 2020 odds in the 1×2 market.

With the victory, Los Palanganas maintained their hold on the third spot while momentarily shortening the gap between them and second-seeded Real Madrid as they now have 50 and 56 points respectively. They can shorten the gap even further should they be able to emerge victorious in their next two matches.

Today, let’s take a moment and review last night’s set of La Liga 2020 highlights.

 

Highlights of the game

The match started with both teams holding a moment of silence to pay their respects to the lives that were taken away due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But after the quiet ceremony, exciting action ensued at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.

Lucas Ocampos had the first real chance in the 12th minute when he tried to chip a short shot in coming from the right flank. Although the defence was a bit lackadaisical on Real Betis’ part, Ocampos’ attempt didn’t go at the back of the net since it bounced off the crossbar.

In the 21st minute, Jules Kounde had a header attempt via a Sevilla corner kick, but his shot was a whisker short from going in the goal. Munir El Haddadi had a similar chance five minutes later.

Real Betis were no match for Sevilla’s home advantage in securing a 2-0 La Liga victory

Real Betis’ Nabil Fekir sustains an injury during the match against Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan

Right before the end of the first half, Real Betis would have their first real chance when Sergio Canales fired one from long range. However, his strike was too wide on the left side.

After failing to convert in so many chances in the first half, Julen Lopetegui’s men would finally take charge in the ensuing half.

In a set-piece during the 54th minute, Marc Bartra was given a yellow card after fouling Luuk de Jong inside the box during a corner kick. That led to Lucas Ocampos having his first goal of the evening via a penalty.

Lucas Ocampos would have a hand in Los Palanganas’ second goal of the evening when he produced a sublime back-heel assist to Fernando to head one home six minutes later.

Joaquin, who is one of Real Betis’ top scorers, was on target with his attempt towards the late game. However, a Sevilla defender was able to block the shot away.

Playing in an empty arena was definitely a weird feeling for both of these teams, although the television broadcast tried to recreate the live experience by inserting simulated crowd noise and images.

But nonetheless, Lucas Ocampos would take this win any day since it would help them seal their Champions League spot.

“I had never played a derby here before and even though the fans are not here I still wanted to honour them and make it feel like they were and show that we are working hard for them,” said Ocampos.

 

Key statistics

While Sevilla hold the edge in terms of shots on target, surprisingly, it was Real Betis who controlled more of the possessions at 54-per cent.

Lucas Ocampos continue to be on target for Los Palanganas this term. So far, he leads the team with 11 goals and three assists as of this writing.

Sevilla have had the upper hand in the overall head-to-heads in El Gran Derbi. In 131 matches, Sevilla won 62 times while Real Betis won in 38 along with 31 draws.

This has been one of the longest running rivalries in Spanish top-flight. Sevilla and Real Betis had their first official derby match in 1929.

 

What’s next?

Sevilla will head on over to Ciudad de Valencia to take on Levante on Tuesday evening before hosting FC Barcelona in a mouthwatering clash on June 20th at their home pitch.

On the other hand, Real Betis get to host Granada at the Benito Villamarin Stadium on Tuesday before visiting Athletic Bilbao at San Mames in the next matchday.

 

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La Liga: Atleti Head to the Basque for Vital Points

Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid

The wait is finally over and we are back in action with a big clash in San Mames on Sunday. It’s Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico in the province of Bilbao, always a La Liga classic and this time it’s sure to be no different.

Diego Simeone’s Atletico haven’t had the best of seasons and the break, due to coronavirus, may have given them a chance to reset and attack the mini-season ahead. There is plenty of work to do to secure a top four place, as well as a Champions League campaign still in process.

In contrast Athletic Club’s campaign already looks pretty much done and dusted; comfortably placed in tenth and 12 points clear of the drop zone, they have a slim chance of qualifying for Europe, but with some ground to make up the Basque club needs to go on a spectacular run.

But the Athletic Club vs Atletico betting odds points to a hard fought game, and the hosts will certainly do their utmost to give their visitors and uncomfortable start.

 

Talking Points

Atleti looking for Anfield form

Diego Simeone’s side will be desperate to get back into action after three months delay. Los Rojiblancos’ last act was to dump Liverpool out of the Champions League, a result which looked likely to kick-start Atleti’s campaign before the final run-in.

La Liga: Can Marcos Llorente score a goal against Athletic Bilbao?

Marcos Llorente celebrates scoring against Liverpool in the second leg of their clash in Champions League

A double strike from Marcos Llorente and a late winner from Alvaro Morata gave Atleti a stunning 2-3 win at Anfield, and a 2-4 win on aggregate, to take the Spaniards into the final eight of Europe’s premier competition.

Diego Simeone has struggled with his front line since the departure of Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona, with a collection of misfiring and injured strikers; and he hopes that Llorente could convert from his midfield role to a more advanced position, much as former Atleti star Raul Garcia has done at Athletic Club. Simeone has been trying Llorente out as a forward in training sessions, and his strong physique and aggressive pressing style could ignite Atleti’s front line.

There is no shortage of quality in Simeone’s squad, top scorer Alvaro Morata is a proven striker while surely there is a lot more to come from 2019 recruit Joao Felix, and Angel Correa, with five goals and five assists, is a consistent performer.

The visitors need to be on the front foot in Bilbao, having struggled on the road this season, winning just three of their 13 away games. But with midfield star Saul Niguez also committing his future to the club they can play without distraction.

Here at SBOBET we’re backing Atletico to secure a top four place again and they certainly have the players and experience to make sure it happens.

 

Will home advantage still work for Bilbao?

In normal times we’d say that home advantage could play a big part in this match, but these are anything but normal times. Bilbao have lost just three at San Mames all season, while Atleti have failed to win in their last six away matches in Spain.

But Athletic Club veteran Raul Garcia has said it will be difficult to adapt to playing in empty stadiums and, as this is effectively the opening game of a mini-season, recent form counts for rather less.

Head coach Gaitzka Garitano will rely on Garcia, top scorer with nine goals, alongside Iker Muniain and Inaki Williams, to go after the Atleti defence early in the game, as the hosts score most of their goals in the first half.

Bilbao come into the game with the memory of a 1-4 victory over Real Valladolid in their last game before the break, to motivate them; because their passionate fans won’t be there.

 

History

Los Rojiblancos have won 31 of the 52 meetings since 1993 and there have been seven draws and 14 victories for Athletic Club. But while the historic Athletic Club vs Atletico results are very much in Los Rojiblancos’ favour, the last two meetings have been shared.

Atleti won the return match, at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium 2-0, but lost here in San Mames by the same score line last season

 

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Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid 1X2 Atletico Madrid @ 2.29
June 14, 20:00 (GMT+8)

In a mid-season clash with a packed stadium in the Basque this would be a very tough test for any team, but the passionate Bilbao fans will be absent and so the teams will need to motivate themselves.

Athletic Club is at 3.30 to win, and the draw is at 3.05, but I’m backing Los Rojiblancos, the team with more to play for.

A low scoring game is on the cards, and 0-1 and 1-1 are both available at odds of 5.40.

Athletic Club score most of their goals in the first half, so Simeone will know that if his side keeps things tight for the first 45 minutes they have a big chance.

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La Liga: Late Penalty Gives Levante a Point in Valencia Derby

Valencia 1-1 Levante

It’s a fine way to spend a Friday night watching the 28th top flight Valencia derby, and this La Liga game between Valencia vs Levante was a great return to action for Spanish football fans.

The Mestalla was empty but the players put on a fantastic show. And in a dramatic finale, Rodrigo scored to give Valencia a lead in the 87th minute before Gonzalo Melero slotted home the equaliser.

It’s a result which leaves Albert Celades team in seventh place in the La Liga table, while Levante move up to 12th.

The pre-match Valencia vs Levante betting odds had the draw at odds of 3.54 and in the end, the visitors, who had striker Roger Marti sent off and finished with ten men, deserved their point.

 

Highlights of the game

In a lively first half, Levante started brightly and had the first attempt on goal in the opening minute when Roger Marti took a pass from Enis Bardhi and had his shot from outside the penalty area charged down.

Marti started the game as La Liga’s joint third top scorer on 11 goals, with only Lionel Messi and Karim Benzema scoring more, and he was sniffing for a 12th from the off.

Both teams took a while to settle into the game but gradually Valencia started to dominate the ball.

Goncalo Guedes found space on the left side of the box to unleash a shot which Aitor Fernadez saved well. Skipper Dani Parejo was the next to set his sights with a free-kick but he fired his dead ball kick wide.

Valencia are chasing a European place and they began to pile on the pressure, and Carlos Soler came within inches of breaking the deadlock after a lighting attack by the hosts but his shot crashed back off the crossbar.

That’s one to watch on the Valencia vs Levante highlights. Levante came back and fired a warning shot when Ruben Rochina called Valencia keeper Jasper Cillessen into action with a long-range effort.

As half time approached, Cillessen was stretched and made a smart save low to his left when Rochina took a pass from Jose Campana and let fly again.

Levante finished the half strongly and Marti has a shot blocked when he met a cross from Bardhi. But at the other end, the post saved them again when Mouctar Diakhaby met a cross from Parejo but was denied by the upright.

The hosts were unlucky to go into the break without a goal. But when the second half began at a slower pace, Valencia boss Albert Celades brought on Kevin Gameiro and Daniel Wass to replace Maxi Gomez and Allessandro Florenzi.

 

Valencia began to move up through the gears and wing-back Jose Gaya put a tantalising ball across the six-yard box, but no one was there to convert the ball and then Goncalo Guedes flashed a shot over the bar. Then Aitor made a brilliant save to deny Rodrigo Moreno when the Valencia wide man fired a shot in from the right.

But Levante were still in the game with 20 minutes remaining and Bardhi put in a dangerous cross from the right which Wass cleared.

After such a bright start, Marti was becoming frustrated and he put in a reckless challenge on Hugo Guillamon and received his second yellow card.

Valencia had 15 minutes to win this game against the ten men of Levante and Gaya and Gameiro worked hard to try to create something, but the quality of the final ball wasn’t there and Celades made a final change bringing on Denis Cheryshev.

But it was the lively Gaya who created the opening, raiding down the left again and firing a ball across the six-yard box and Rodrigo gambled and diverted the ball home.

The hosts thought they’d won it. But seven minutes into injury time, Mouctar Diakhaby bundled Ruben Vezo to the floor and VAR awarded a penalty, which Melero duly converted.

 

Key statistics

This was a great result for Levante who had lost their last five away league games, and while Valencia have extended their unbeaten run in this derby at the Mestalla to 13, they will be disappointed.

It was an even encounter, with possession shared and Levante winning the shot count by 14 to 12 and four to three on target – a fine effort for a team which finished with ten men.

 

What’s next?

Valencia has a huge test up next with a visit to the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday to face Real Madrid.

Zinedine Zidane’s Los Blancos are in a two-horse race for the title, with two points behind Barcelona.

The latest SBOBET odds back Barca, but ZZ will push his team to the limits in an attempt to wrestle back the La Liga trophy.

Levante are a couple of wins or so away from survival for a third consecutive season and their next opportunity is an equally tough examination at home to high flying Sevilla, who got their resumption off to a flying start, beating Real Betis 2-0 with red hot striker Lucas Ocampos on the mark again.

 

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La Liga: Madrid Need to Rediscover Their Swagger Fast!

Real Madrid vs Eibar

La Liga is back and it remains to be seen whether the enforced break has helped Real Madrid or not. That’s because when play was halted in mid-March, they were having a bit of a wobble.

After being in fine form until February, they then lost four of seven outings in all competitions and won just two of those encounters.

Make no mistake, the Spanish giants are having a much better season than they were at the same stage of 2018/19.

Yet the fact remains that they need to return to winning ways this weekend or risk being in exactly the same position they were 12 months ago.

Back then, two defeats in a week to arch-rivals Barcelona effectively ended their season. They were well adrift in the league and ruthlessly dispatched from the Copa del Rey, as well as being comprehensively knocked out of the Champions League as reigning champions.

Now the same thing could potentially happen again, albeit Real seem in rude health and are now showing slow signs of recovery under the second coming of Zinedine Zidane – Zidane 2.0 as I’ve seen it dubbed.

 

Talking Points

That has led to plenty of La Liga highlights so far this term.

However, while they had the joy of the El Clásico victory, that was tarnished somewhat by their surprise defeat at Real Betis in their last competitive outing – a result which ceded the initiative right back to Barca in the title race.

 Their league form was certainly inconsistent before COVID-19 struck so now they need three points and a swagger as they welcome Eibar to the Di Stefano for this clash.

The reality is they also trail 2-1 travelling to Manchester City after the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.

The delay has actually proved good fortune on the injury front.

When this fixture was due to be played in March, Isco was a doubt with a back problem, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and left-back Marcelo were both injury doubts, and Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio were continuing their recovery from injuries.

Now, all are available and with the exception of Nacho Fernandez and Luka Jovic, manager Zinedine Zidane has a full squad to choose from.

Since they returned to Valdebebas for training almost four weeks ago, Zidane has already organised several small-sided matches, including one at the Di Stefano to simulate Sunday’s match as much as possible.

Gareth Bale did not play because of a muscle overload, but he is training like usual and could form part of the Los Blancos front three with Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard.

Eibar, which is managed by Jose Luis Mendilibar, are currently 16th and they are two points above the relegation zone so they need the points themselves.

That is hard to see though, even if Real were inconsistent before the coronavirus pandemic brought sport to a standstill nearly three months ago.

All the smart money via the SBOBET La Liga betting odds will be on Zidane and his crew.

Eden Hazard back in action tomorrow after his long trail of injuries this season

Real Madrid fans will get to see Eden Hazard back in action vs Eibar after his long trail of injuries this season

History

In 11 meetings between these sides in the top flight, Eibar have won once, drawn once, and lost the other nine.

That came in a shock at Eibar last season when Real were in a rut and went down to a 3-0 defeat, courtesy of goals from Gonzalo Escalante, Sergi Enrich and Kike Garcia.

This corresponding fixture last term went the way of the hosts who prevailed 2-1, thanks to two headers from Karim Benzema after Marc Cardona had put Eibar in front.

Earlier this season, Real won 4-0 on Eibar’s turf. Benzema was twice on target again with Ramos and Federico Valverde grabbing the other goals.

Eibar’s best ever result on home soil against mighty Real came in the 2004 Copa del Rey when they held them to a 1-1 draw before Madrid won the second leg 2-0.

 

Betting Tip

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Real Madrid vs Eibar Real Madrid First Half Asian Handicap -0.75 @ 1.95
June 15, 01:30 (GMT+8)

Real will have to go all out for glory in this one.

They are priced 1X2 @ 1.25 with Eibar out @ 11.00. The draw is on offer @ 5.80.

With Asian Handicap odds, Real can be backed -2.00 @ 2.20 and Eibar +1.50 @ 2.28.

For a repeat scoreline from earlier in the campaign – correct score 4-0 – the payout will be @ 12.50. If you do fancy goals, how about total goal 2-3 @ 2.18, total goal 4-6 @ 2.58 or over 3.25 goals @ 2.11?

I cannot see past a home win and I think they will lead by the break also.

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La Liga: Barca Back with a Bang!

Mallorca 0-4 Barcelona

The La Liga omens were not good for Mallorca.

They had lost their last six top-flight matches with Barcelona and had not been victorious against the Catalan giants in the league since May 2009.

Furthermore, they were in the drop zone and meeting the leaders, two points clear at the summit, in charge of their own title destiny and now bidding for a third successive title.

An away banker with the SBOBET La Liga 2020 betting odds as Spanish football returned? Yes, every inch as much.

 

Highlights of the game

Barcelona's Arturo Vidal nets the opener in their La Liga clash against Mallorca

Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal celebrates after scoring their opening goal against Mallorca

We knew before kick-off that Barcelona were back in business off the pitch with the reopening of their facilities following safety and hygiene protocols.

The question was, would they be back in the mood now that the league’s coronavirus suspension had given Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez time to recover from undergoing surgery on his right knee?

Would top scorer and mercurial captain Lionel Messi, who had a thigh problem before returning to training this week, be fully fit as Barca prepared for their first game in 97 days?

It didn’t take long to find out. Just 66 seconds in fact.

That was when Arturo Vidal opened the scoring after being picked out by Jordi Alba from the left.

The strike was one of the quickest this season, although not quite as quick as Jaime Mata’s goal for Getafe at Valencia (45 seconds) earlier in the campaign.

One became two before the break as former Middlesbrough striker Martin Braithwaite netted his first for Barca in only his fourth game for the club.

The Danish striker made the most of a headed assist from Messi to fire past Manolo Reina.

Earlier in the season, while with Leganes, Braithwaite also scored against Mallorca.

The hosts — third-bottom after winning 2-1 at fellow strugglers Eibar in their last game before the enforced break — enjoyed plenty of possession and Marc-Andre ter Stegen twice had to be alert to deny on-loan Real Madrid man Takefusa Kubo.

He aside, Mallorca rarely threatened the visitors who clearly had some support inside the stadium.

Despite only players, staff and journalists officially being allowed into the ground due to coronavirus, one youngster still managed to make it inside Son Moix and onto the pitch.

Wearing an Argentina shirt, he managed to make it onto the pitch in the 54th minute and tried to reach Messi to take a photo before security officials managed to catch up with him.

Whether he was allowed to witness the final two goals is hard to know.

First Messi freed Alba with a perfect pass and the left-back slotted home 11 minutes from time. Messi then collected a pass from Suarez and curled home via a slight deflection in stoppage time.

It was a return from the substitutes bench for Suarez, whose January operation looked set to rule him out for the remainder of the campaign before it was halted.

The victory also sent at Barca five points clear – for 24 hours at least – over Real, who had actually replaced them at the top of the table when they beat the defending champions 2-0 at the Bernabeu on March 1.

This was only a fourth clean sheet in 16 away league games for Quique Setien’s side. This is the form they will need to continue in the rushed end to the 2019/20 campaign.

With no Champions League to worry about until the La Liga season ends, there are no excuses.

As for Mallorca, their position is far from terminal as they are only a point off 17th-placed Celta Vigo, while they have won seven league games this season, which is relatively high considering their spot in the table.

Yet they will need to perform better than this if they are to ensure their top-flight stay isn’t consigned to a solitary season.

They have already produced La Liga 2020 highlights this term, including a 1-0 victory over Real and a 4-1 hammering of Valencia. Now they need more.

 

Key statistics

Messi has now reached 20 La Liga goals for a 12th successive season.

With seven goals and eight assists, he has been directly involved in 15 of Barcelona’s 18 La Liga goals since Setien was appointed, including 13 of the club’s last 16 goals.

Braithwaite has become the third Danish player to score for Barca after Michael Laudrup (39 goals) and Allan Simonsen (31).

 

What’s next?

The games will come thick and fast for both sides now.

Mallorca are back in action on Tuesday evening (June 16) when they travel to Villarreal, before welcoming Leganes on Friday evening.

Barcelona have a mid-week clash with Leganes followed by a trip to Sevilla – again on Tuesday and Friday respectively.

 

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La Liga: Leganes Next in Barca’s Sights

Barcelona vs Leganes

Football is back and the players in Spain have quickly found their stride. In the first weekend of La Liga football since the COVID 19 pandemic, the big teams have hit the ground running.

Sevilla opened proceedings by winning the Seville derby to cement third place in the table, and league leaders Barcelona returned to action with an emphatic victory.

Next up, it’s the matchup between Barcelona and Leganes on Tuesday in a top versus bottom clash.

 

Talking Points

Barca back with a bang

It didn’t take the Blaugrana long to get back into their stride. Quique Setien’s side went to Real Mallorca and plundered three points with a 0-4 victory as Lionel Messi scored his 20th league goal of the season.

It only took 65 seconds for Barca to go ahead when Arturo Vidal headed home a Jordi Alba cross. Martin Braithwaite notched his first goal for the club while wing-back Alba also got on the score sheet.

Messi is the only player to score 20 or more goals in 12 consecutive La Liga seasons, and with Luis Suarez back in the fold, the Champions will take some shifting.

 

Slow start for Leganes

Here at SBOBET, we backed Leganes to claw their way out of trouble, but it’s going to be a real battle. And Los Pepineros made a disappointing start on Saturday, losing 1-2 at home to Real Valladolid in a relegation six-pointer.

Despite dominating the game for long periods with 68 per cent possession and 11 shots to six, they lacked a cutting edge. In fact, both teams registered just two shots on target, and Leganes were two down before Oscar slammed home an 84th-minute consolation from the penalty spot.

A win for bottom club Espanyol means Leganes share the basement, but they are still only three points from safety.

 

Braithwaite’s controversial switch

One man is at the centre of the pre-match La Liga 2020 news, amidst the fallout of a dramatic switch between the clubs in February. Leganes’ task over the next ten games has been made harder by the transfer of striker Martin Braithwaite to Barcelona in February.

Martin Braithwaite has scored his first goal for Barcelona in their 4-0 win against Mallorca

Barcelona’s Martin Braithwaite celebrate with his teammates after scoring his side’s second goal against Mallorca

The Blaugrana took advantage of emergency guidelines to sign the Danish striker when La Liga gave them permission to make a move outside the transfer window when Ousmane Dembele was ruled out with a six-month injury. And so the league leaders took Braithwaite away from Leganes for a fee of 18m Euros.

The 28-year-old had scored six of Los Pepineros’ 22 goals this season, and losing the player — capped 39 times by Denmark — is a major blow to the minnows.

The return to fitness of Barca’s Suarez, which will reduce Braithwaite’s opportunity at the Camp Nou, makes this situation all the more laughable.

But Leganes director Martin Ortega is not amused, saying: “We are in a situation of enormous and serious damage. We cannot understand the current regulation that a club, having a long-term injury, can perform this operation unilaterally and transfer their problem to our club.

“We consider that there is a regulation that is unfair, from which Barcelona has benefited.”

Head coach Javier Aguirre will look to nine-goal striker Oscar for leadership upfront while hoping that Youssef En Nesyri can improve on his four goals.

They picked up four points from two games before the delay in football, and Los Pepineros need to recover from the loss of Braithwaite quickly and get back into their stride.

 

History

These are two clubs with vastly contrasting histories; Barca are chasing a 27th league title, a third in succession and an eighth in ten years, while Leganes won promotion to the top flight for the first time in their history in 2016 and have steadily improved, finishing 13th last season.

In the eight meetings since Leganes arrived in La Liga, the minnows have won just once. The last meeting was in the Copa del Rey Round of 16 in January when Barca hammered Leganes 5-0. Messi scored twice while Antoine Griezmann was also on the score sheet.

And Barcelona’s home record this season of 13 wins and one draw doesn’t give the visitors much hope.

 

Betting Tip

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Barcelona vs Leganes Barcelona Correct Score 3-0 @ 6.20
June 17, 04:00 (GMT+8)

The latest La Liga 2020 betting odds back that thought up loud and clear, with Barca at 1.15 to win, Leganes at 12.04 and the draw at 7.72.

The Asian Handicap spread is a little over two goals, with the hosts at odds of 1.82 with a -2.00 goal handicap, while Leganes is at 2.07 with that start.

The Blaugrana have kept three clean sheets in the last five games, only conceding goals to Real Madrid and to Napoli in the Champions League, so I can see another shutout against a Leganes team without Braithwaite, and it will be three and easy for Barca.

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La Liga: Getafe Look to Bounce Back Against Bottom Club

Getafe vs Espanyol

Getafe and Espanyol are two clubs who still have a lot to play for this La Liga season. Getafe remain in a good position to win a place in Europe next season, while Espanyol are currently stuck in last place in the table and are fighting for their La Liga lives.

The Catalans gave their chances of staying up a major boost with a win over the weekend. But they will find it tough to claim more valuable points at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez as they face a Getafe side eager to bounce back after a tough defeat.

 

Talking Points

Getafe’s shaky form continues

Getafe did not have a great return to La Liga action away to Granada as they suffered a 2-1 defeat. They made a great start as they went 1-0 ahead after 20 minutes thanks to a David Timor goal.

However, Granada struck twice in the last 20 minutes to steal the victory. It was the first time all season that Getafe had lost after scoring first.

Add this loss to Getafe’s growing list of poor La Liga 2020 results. They’ve now won just one of their last five matches, with three losses and one draw. Granted, two of those losses came against leaders Barcelona and third-placed Sevilla.

 Getafe are currently sitting on the fifth spot in La Liga table

Getafe suffer defeat in their recent La Liga match against Granada

Still, their shaky form means they can drop down to sixth if Atletico Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao this weekend.

However, Getafe have a glorious opportunity to end their recent slump when they take on last-placed Espanyol.

Under the management of Jose Bordalas, Getafe have once again been one of the best defensive sides in La Liga this season with just 27 goals conceded, and they’ve been especially tough to break down at home.

Taking away their matches against the top three — Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Sevilla — Getafe have conceded just one goal in their last eight home games.
Prior to their loss to Granada, they’d also kept clean sheets in seven of their last 10 matches in all competitions.

Meanwhile, Getafe will be set to welcome back three key starters in striker Jaime Mata, as well as defensive midfielders Mauro Arambarri and Nemanja Maksimovic.

All three missed the Granada match due to suspension.

Mata’s return will be a major boost to the Getafe attack. The 31-year-old is the team’s second-leading scorer with eight league goals this season.

 

Espanyol still alive

The La Liga 2020 odds are not high on Espanyol’s chances of staying up this season. When the season was suspended, the Catalans were stuck in last in the standings, three points behind 19th-placed Leganes and seven points from safety.

However, they handed themselves a huge lifeline in the form of a 2-0 home win over Deportivo Alaves on their first game back from the break. They were aided by Alaves going down to 10 men inside 20 minutes when Fernando Pacheco saw a straight red card.

 

After a disastrous run where they lost seven of their first eight games at the RCDE Stadium, Espanyol’s home form has finally started to improve.

They are now unbeaten in their last six, with two wins over Mallorca and Alaves. They also held fierce rivals Barcelona to a 2-2 draw back in January.

On the other hand, though, their away form remains troublesome. They’ve won just once in their last nine away matches, with seven defeats and one draw.

Espanyol haven’t helped themselves with some poor discipline away from home. They’ve had someone sent off in each of their last three away games and in four of their last five.

Needless to say, they will need all 11 men on the pitch to leave the Coliseum Alfonso Perez with a positive result.

 

History

Battles between Getafe and Espanyol have been closely contested over the years. In their last 26 league meetings, Espanyol hold the slight 10-9 edge over Getafe in terms of wins, with seven draws.

However, Getafe have gained the upper hand in recent seasons. Prior to their last two meetings, both of which were draws, Getafe had won three of the last four matches against Espanyol.

Granted, all of those wins were at home. In fact, the home side had won seven straight matches between the two sides from 2014 to 2018. Espanyol’s last win over Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez came way back in 2013.

 

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Getafe vs RCD Espanyol 1X2 Getafe @ 2.02
June 17, 01:30 (GMT+8)

SBOBET odds have Getafe priced as 2.02 favourites to claim the home win, with Espanyol 3.80 underdogs away. Meanwhile, a draw is 3.20.

Despite their shaky form of late, it’s tough to see Getafe losing two in a row, especially at home against the bottom club in the league.

Their stellar defence should be aided by the return of midfielders Arambarri and Maksimovic, while Mata should provide enough attacking talent to eke out a home victory.

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La Liga: Madrid Make It Real at Di Stefano

Real Madrid 3-1 Eibar

All the La Liga pressure was on Real Madrid.

After leaders Barcelona’s crushing of Mallorca, the gap at the summit was five points and Zinedine Zidane and his men knew only a win against Eibar would suffice as the run-in begins.

They needed to rediscover their swagger which, when football was halted in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, was in danger of being disrupted.

Yet the delay has proved a welcome release on the injury front.

Isco, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and left-back Marcelo were all likely to miss this match when it was initially scheduled in March, while Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio were definite absentees.

As they returned (Asensio was on the bench) – the latter two akin to new signings at Zidane’s disposal – so did La Liga highlights for Los Blancos.

 

Highlights of the game

As soon as the game kicked-off in the Di Stefano, the bidding began with the shirts the Real players were wearing being auctioned off for charity, with funds going to the club’s foundation.

It is continuing many of its charity projects such as a social-sporting school in Cazalegas alongside the Ebira Foundation, the sixth integrated school in the Castilla-La Mancha region.

However, most eyes remained on the pitch with the hosts aware they need to pick up as many of the remaining 33 points on offer as possible, while Eibar needing the points for their own survival battle and boss Jose Luis Mendilibar fielding a strong XI, even with a derby against Athletic Club at Ipurua on Wednesday 72 hours away.

It felt surreal playing at the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano (tiny compared to the Bernabeu) but normal service resumed almost immediately.

La Liga: Eden played his first game after returning back from injury

Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard in action with Eibar defenders

Barca may have taken little over a minute to break the deadlock on Saturday night and Real were not wasting any time either.

Within two minutes, in fact, as German midfielder Toni Kroos rifled in an unstoppable long-range drive which left visiting keeper Marko Dimitrovic with no chance.

It was a wonderful goal to open proceedings and a second fine goal followed on the half-hour.

The returning Hazard laid the ball off to Sergio Ramos and the captain, who had run half the length of the pitch into the penalty area, slotted home from close range as Eibar has no answer to the movement of the hosts.

There was a real spring to the step of Real, seemingly on a mission to wipe out Barca’s goal difference advantage in one foul swoop.

To prove the point, Marcelo made it three before the break after another involvement with Hazard as the Belgian’s shot was parried only for the Brazilian full-back to fire home the rebound with aplomb.

Everything they hit seemed to end up in the net and the contest was over by half-time.

Marcelo also showed his stance for the ‘Black Lives Matters’ movement by going down on one knee to celebrate his goal. The gesture of taking a knee has become synonymous with the protests against systemic racism in sport in the United States and now players are using their platforms to show their support for the movement in Europe.

Into the second period and Eibar showed more spirit.

Courtois made a fine save to keep out Sergio Enrich and then somehow was beaten, on the hour, by a Pedro Bigas effort which rolled slowly over the line to reduce the arrears.

If there was going to be an interesting finale, then the strugglers needed another goal and they might have had it only for Pedro Leon, against his former club, to shoot too close to Courtois when played clean through.

After that, the most interesting point to acknowledge in the closing stages was that both sides took full advantage of the new rule concerning the number of substitutes allowed with 10 changes (five each side) in total.

The SBOBET La Liga betting odds back Real more times than not. Are they ready to make their title tilt a title triumph? I think they possibly are!

 

Key statistics

Kroos’ opener was his sixth goal of the season for Real – his best since making the move to the Spanish capital from Bayern Munich in 2014. His previous season-high came during the 2017/18 campaign (five).

Zidane is only the third manager to reach 200+ games in all competitions for Madrid after the legendary duo Miguel Muñoz (605) and Vicente del Bosque (246).

Marcelo is the 19th player to score for Real this term – the most different scorers for a team in the top five European leagues in 2019/20.

 

What’s next?

Real Madrid have slightly longer than Eibar to recover. They are next in action on Thursday night (June 18) at home to Valencia before travelling to Champions League-chasing Real Sociedad a week tonight.

Eibar host Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday evening before a visit to Getafe three days later.

 

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La Liga: El Glorioso and La Real Hungry For More Points

Alaves vs Real Sociedad

The games continue to fill our football fix here in La Liga as we are slowly approaching the conclusion of the 2019/20 season.

There is more to than where it came from especially for the upcoming 29th matchday. And one of the key fixtures to look out for is the one between Deportivo Alaves and Real Sociedad on Friday night at the Mendizorrotza Stadium.

Alaves are currently sitting at the 15th spot in the La Liga table with 32 points, and they will be eager to widen the gap between them and the other cellar dwellers in order to maintain their top-flight status by the end of the season.

Meanwhile, their visitors sit at fourth place with 47 points. With them being in a tight race with the likes of Getafe, Atletico Madrid, and even Valencia, points are very much needed in order to secure their berth at the biggest European showcase next year.

Without further ado, here is the match preview provided by SBOBET.

 

Talking Points

Alaves desperate to avoid relegation zone

There’s not much too expect if you’re a fan of Deportivo Alaves. However, surviving in Spanish top-flight should remain as the main objective.

El Glorioso have been underwhelming even before the mandated break. Their home form is subpar (W6, L5, D3) while their away form is quite atrocious.

The team is still in search for improvement as they try to avoid dropping down to the dreaded relegation zone. However, a lot has to change in order to give themselves a chance.

For starters, they can try to improve on their attack as they have only netted 29 goals so far this term.

Leading the team on that facet is Lucas Perez with 11 goals and five assists. The veteran forward has been the lone bright spot for Alaves thanks to his leadership and with him being a consistent threat.

Joselu is their second leading scorer with nine goals and two assists. But after those two, there is a significant drop off in terms of goals scored.

Aleix Vidal, who was secured from Sevilla via loan last year, has yet to make his presence felt for Alaves, although the 30-year-old right-back has churned out two goals and four assists so far.

Alaves would be more than eager to bounce back after a disheartening 2-0 loss against Espanyol last matchday.

However, Alaves are on the wrong end of La Liga 2020 news ahead of this Friday, as their goalkeeper in Fernando Pacheco is considered doubtful. During the last time out, Pacheco was sent off via a red card in the 19th minute.

 

Real Sociedad seeking to keep Champions League dreams alive

A Champions League berth beckons Real Sociedad, and all they have to do is to make sure they stay at where they are by season’s end.

Record-wise, they are on track as they are undefeated in five of their last six. But La Real hit a fork on the road in their first game since the restart.

Against Osasuna, Real Sociedad showed some rust early when they conceded a goal from Adrian Lopez. It took a heroic effort from Mikel Oyarzabal in the 61st minute in order to save themselves a point.

Oyarzabal and Jose have been lethal this term, scoring 18 goals and dishing out seven assists while Alexander Isak and Portu accounted for 14 goals and nine assists.

But moving forward, the wildcard for Imanol Alguacil’s side will be Martin Odegaard. The young Norwegian has enjoyed a decent campaign in La Real and he expressed his full commitment to stay with the team to see out his two-year loan spell.

 

History

Overall, these two clubs have met each other 45 times.

Real Sociedad holds a significant edge in their head-to-heads by winning in 23 fixtures while Alaves won 14 times along with eight draws.

These two last met back in September 2019, where Real Sociedad notched a dominating 3-0 win against Deportivo Alaves with Willian Jose and Mikel Oyarzabal on target.

El Glorioso’s last win against La Real dates back to September 2018 where they tallied a 1-0 clean sheet.

 

Betting Tip

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Alaves vs Real Sociedad Real Sociedad Asian Handicap -0.25 @ 1.73
June 19, 01:30 (GMT+8)

Our latest La Liga 2020 odds have Real Sociedad as the hot favourites in the 1×2 market. They are priced at 1.99 compared to only 3.70 for Alaves and a draw pegged at 3.35.

With a huge disparity between these two club talent-wise, it’s easy to pick Real Sociedad to be the winners in this upcoming match.

La Real have a ton of options up front who can definitely supply the much needed goals and they have a decent backline that can make life hard for Alaves.

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La Liga: Real Don’t Need to Convince – They Just Need to Win!

Real Madrid vs Valencia

It was far from vintage, it wasn’t even pretty, but Real Madrid won’t care one jot.’

They were the words I used to describe Real’s 2-0 victory in this fixture last season ­when the then reigning European and World champions were on a downward spiral and struggling in La Liga.

Fast forward 18 months and life at the Bernabeu (or, for the moment, the Di Stefano) seems altogether happier.

However, the Los Blancos soap opera is rarely a few defeats away from a crisis which is why Real must continue winning (even if the performances aren’t convincing) if smiles are to be a more regular occurrence on faces both on and off the pitch.

 

Talking Points

After creating the first half of La Liga highlights on Sunday night to move back within two points of leaders Barcelona at the top of the table, Zinedine Zidane’s side now welcome Valencia knowing victory is once more essential to their hopes of a first league title in three years.

 

There is already angst caused by the hectic schedule arranged since the league restarted following the Covid-19 pandemic.

For Madrid, the next four rounds of La Liga games will kick off at 10pm Spanish time, something which has annoyed the players, especially when it comes to the away games.

Indeed, between anti-doping control, airport transfers and travelling from the training ground to their homes, Real players won’t get home until well into the night which could have a serious impact on their recovery time, especially as there are only three days between fixtures.

In truth, though, even their title rivals are similarly affected and making their own concerns public will hardly instil fear in the Barcelona camp which might consider Madrid’s protestations more of a weakness.

To add to their grievances, Lucas Vazquez is set to miss this with a calf injury – the Spaniard was forced to sit out Madrid’s win over Eibar on Sunday because of the problem – while Dani Carvajal was unable to train with the rest of his Real teammates on Tuesday after suffering a blow to the ankle in the same game.

While he faces a race against time to face Albert Celades’ men, there is brighter news for the hosts with skipper Sergio Ramos fit and Mariano training again.

As for Gareth Bale and the ‘will-he won’t he’ saga which has lasted all season, now would be an ideal time for him to show his undoubted class because two goals in 28 league games this term (albeit many of those appearances from the substitutes bench) do not do justice to a player of his talent.

Valencia, meanwhile, were hit by an injury crisis just before La Liga was suspended in March and some of their key performers have not yet recovered. Defender Ezequiel Garay was ruled out in February due to a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, while his partner Gabriel Paulista picked up a muscle strain in training ahead of their 1-1 draw with Levante last Friday. Cristiano Piccini remains unavailable after undergoing surgery on his broken knee cap.

La Liga: Valencia will travel to Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano to face Real Madrid

Valencia players react after conceding a goal in a Champions League match

Their boost is the news that midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia will be available after serving a suspension.

Against a side bidding for its own place in Europe next season – and one which has left itself with plenty of work to do to seal a return to the Champions League – this will be an acid test for Zidane’s men in their exciting title race with the Catalan club. It is another game they must win.

 

History

Valencia have proven to be a tricky opponent for Real in the past and held them to a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture at the Mestalla in December.

More recently, Real triumphed against them in the Spanish Super Cup in January with a 3-1 victory, courtesy of goals from Toni Kroos, Isco and Luka Modric.

Two of the oldest clubs in the Spanish top-flight, they have played each other in the league on 169 occasions. Real have won 87, Valencia 45 and the remaining 37 ended in draws.

More recently, in the last 10 meetings between the two clubs, there have been four Real successes, four draws and two Valencia triumphs.

 

Betting Tip

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Real Madrid vs Valencia Real Madrid First Half Asian Handicap -0.75 @ 2.36
June 19, 04:00 (GMT+8)

That Los Che have not won an away La Liga game against Real Madrid since 2008 means you can see why the SBOBET La Liga betting odds strongly back a home win.

On the other side, in the infancy of the restart, Valencia have had more time to recuperate after playing last Friday – 48 hours before Real.

Surprisingly for a team placed in seventh, Valencia have a negative goal difference and have conceded 40 goals this campaign, twice the number Real have let in.

To me, that will prove crucial.

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La Liga: Master and Apprentice Star for Barca

Barcelona 2-0 Leganes

Barcelona went five points clear at the top of La Liga tonight with a comfortable victory over struggling Leganes, thanks to goals from talisman Lionel Messi and 17-year-old starlet Ansu Fati.

A goal either side of half-time took the sting out of a Leganes side which started brightly but faded in the second half as the Blaugrana coasted home for a second win since the restart.

 

Highlights of the game

Leganes came into the game joint bottom of the table, but they could have been 0-2 up within the first half hour.

First, Javier Eraso beat the Barca offside trap and his effort broke to Miguel Angel Guerrero, who beat Marc-Andre Ter Stegen. But Barca defender Clement Lenglet was on hand to clear the ball off the goal line.

And moments later when Recio flicked on a cross, Guerrero collected again and fired a shot that Ter Stegen wouldn’t have gotten to had it been on target.

Barca began to take control of the ball and pressed Leganes back into their own half, with Ivan Rakitic and Antoine Griezmann combining well before the French striker directed his header just off target.

Head coach Quique Setien started with 17-year-old winger Fati in the side, and the young Guinean was lively on the left as the champions probed for an opener.

Fati is an exciting player, and he showed just why the top teams in Europe are all watching him closely when he scored the opener just before the break.

Junior Firpo worked the ball to him on the edge of the penalty area and he didn’t hesitate, instinctively firing the ball low into the corner for his fifth goal in eight starts for the league leaders.

Lionel Messi scored his 20th goal of the league season last week, and he almost made it two when he reached a Sergio Roberto cross, but his header flew narrowly wide.

Lionel Messi scores Barcelona's second goal over Leganes in La Liga

Barcelona star Lionel Messi in action against Leganes players at Camp Nou

The Barca skipper had the first shot on target of the second half with a free-kick from 25 yards out, but Ivan Cuellar collected comfortably. Then Setien made his first change, giving Fati a well-earned rest as Luis Suarez made his Camp Nou comeback.

Griezmann had looked out of sorts in the first half, but he finished smartly when Nelson Semedo put one on a plate for him. However, VAR adjudged the wing back to be marginally offside.

Barca were two up soon enough though, when Messi ran at the Leganes defence and was felled at the edge of the box. The referee pointed to the spot, Messi climbed to his feet and fired home his 21st of the season.

It was a harsh award and Los Pepineros can feel a little unlucky, but that was a blow they couldn’t come back from.

Suarez almost made it three deep into stoppage time, but he couldn’t quite control a beautiful ball from Messi.

 

Key Statistics

With the transfer of Martin Braithwaite to Barcelona in February, Leganes have been left rather short up front and started with a team which had scored one league goal between them.

And while they made a bright start they couldn’t take advantage and ended up losing the shot count by six to ten, while conceding 75 per cent possession to Barca.

The Barcelona vs Leganes betting odds had the hosts at 1.15 to win, and it was little surprise when the champions registered a 14th home victory of the season.

 

What’s next?

Barca made a fast start in their first game back, slamming Real Mallorca 0-4, and they kept the momentum going with a comfortable win tonight.

Second-placed Real Madrid will have kept a close eye on the Barcelona vs Leganes updates tonight, and now Los Blancos must keep up the pressure with a home game against Europa League-chasing Valencia on Thursday night.

The Blaugrana are away to third-placed Sevilla on Friday when the SBOBET La Liga team will be right there to bring you all the action.

Leganes battled hard tonight and their fight continues with a key six-pointer away to Real Mallorca on Friday before entertaining Granada next Monday as the games come thick and fast.

There’s plenty to look forward to in Spain’s top division and, elsewhere, tomorrow welcomes the Premier League kick-off, when Aston Villa face Sheffield United before champions Manchester City take on Arsenal.

It’s a great time to be a football fan again!

 

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La Liga: Master and Apprentice Star for Barca

Barcelona vs Sevilla FC

They sit at the top of the La Liga table with five points clear of Real Madrid, but Barcelona must press on. And on Friday night, they head to the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuain for their biggest test so far.

Sevilla vs Barcelona is on offer to kick off a spectacular weekend of football, when SBOBET football fans can look forward to all the action from La Liga, the Bundesliga, and the Premier League, as well as the welcome comeback of football in Italy with Serie A starting on Saturday.

This match is a great way to get things going. Julen Lopetegui will have his Sevilla side primed and ready to take on the Champions as they try to keep their top-four push on track.

Meanwhile, Barca’s lead at the summit could be down to two points by Friday, and so they can’t afford any slip-ups.

Los Blancos have the better head-to-head record and that means in the event of the teams finishing level, the title would be on its way out of Catalonia and heading for Madrid.

 

Talking Points

Sevilla holding off the pack

Lopetegui’s Champions League chasing team started well with a 2-0 victory over Real Betis in the first game back after the three month break, as star striker Lucas Ocampos kept up his scoring run by slotting home the opener from the penalty spot.

That’s the 25-year-old Argentine’s 11th of the season and his goals will be vital for Sevilla in the run-in.

1-1 draw away to Levante was a slight setback though, as Los Palanganas threw away a lead in the 87th minute when a Diego Carlos own goal canceled out Luuk de Jong’s opener.

They remain unbeaten in eight games, but five have been draws and Lopetegui will be keen to turn those into wins over the next nine matches.

The former Spain and Real Madrid boss has done a good job in Seville. A year ago, his team were seventh in the league table with 43 points and now they are in third place on 71 points.

But they are not sitting comfortably, with Real Sociedad and Getafe four points behind and Atletico Madrid five behind, and both Sociedad and Atleti have a game in hand.

Lopetegui comes into the game with a full squad to pick from, but experienced midfielders Jesus Navas and Franco Vazquez are both just one yellow card away from a suspension.

 

Ansu has the answer

Ansu Fati scored the opening goal in Barcelona's 2-0 La Liga win vs Leganes

Ansu Fati being congratulated after scoring against Leganes

The Blaugrana have returned from the break in league winning form, taking six points from two games scoring six and conceding none.

And in the last outing, 17 year–old wonderkid Ansu Fati was on target in the victory over Leganes, tormenting the strugglers with his quick feet and turn of pace.

He scored his goal with calm assurance, finding the bottom corner from 20 yards. So if anyone was wondering how Barca will eventually replace Lionel Messi, we may just have the answer.

Of course, the record breaking Messi is irreplaceable but Ansu is the future, and it’s looking bright for Barca if they can keep hold of their young star.

Back in the now, Messi, as imperious as ever, scored his 21st of the season against Leganes and Quique Setien has the returning Luis Suarez to call on, as well as Antoine Griezmann and new signing Martin Braithwaite.

He may even give Fati a break to protect his young star, but what an array of options to choose from.

 

History

The Blaugrana have had much the better of the head-to-head Sevilla vs Barcelona results over the past 62 games, winning 39 and losing 12 while there have been 11 draws.

Messi and Suarez were both on target when Barca hammered Seville 4-0 in Round 8 of this season. In fact, the Blaugrana have won the last three meetings by big margins, scoring 16 goals and conceding three.

But Sevilla are unbeaten in eight games at home, so where do we go with our Sevilla vs Barcelona betting tips?

 

Betting Tip

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Barcelona vs Sevilla FC Sevilla FC First Half Asian Handicap +0.25 @ 1.90
June 20, 04:00 (GMT+8)

Well, Sevilla are at odds of 3.98 to win, with the draw at 3.40 and Barca at 1.82 to take all three points.

The Asian handicap option offers the hosts at 2.06 with a +0.50 start and Barca at 1.83 with that handicap, and I can see Setien’s side coming out on top at the end of 90 minutes.

But in both Barca’s wins since the return, they have been slow to get into their stride eventually winning at a canter, but that was against two sides struggling to avoid relegation.

If we see the same pattern here against a top side then we could have a fascinating second 45 minutes!

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La Liga: Barca’s Biggest Test In Seville

Barcelona vs Sevilla FC

They sit at the top of the La Liga table with five points clear of Real Madrid, but Barcelona must press on. And on Friday night, they head to the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuain for their biggest test so far.

Sevilla vs Barcelona is on offer to kick off a spectacular weekend of football, when SBOBET football fans can look forward to all the action from La Liga, the Bundesliga, and the Premier League, as well as the welcome comeback of football in Italy with Serie A starting on Saturday.

This match is a great way to get things going. Julen Lopetegui will have his Sevilla side primed and ready to take on the Champions as they try to keep their top-four push on track.

Meanwhile, Barca’s lead at the summit could be down to two points by Friday, and so they can’t afford any slip-ups.

Los Blancos have the better head-to-head record and that means in the event of the teams finishing level, the title would be on its way out of Catalonia and heading for Madrid.

 

Talking Points

Sevilla holding off the pack

Lopetegui’s Champions League chasing team started well with a 2-0 victory over Real Betis in the first game back after the three month break, as star striker Lucas Ocampos kept up his scoring run by slotting home the opener from the penalty spot.

That’s the 25-year-old Argentine’s 11th of the season and his goals will be vital for Sevilla in the run-in.

1-1 draw away to Levante was a slight setback though, as Los Palanganas threw away a lead in the 87th minute when a Diego Carlos own goal canceled out Luuk de Jong’s opener.

They remain unbeaten in eight games, but five have been draws and Lopetegui will be keen to turn those into wins over the next nine matches.

The former Spain and Real Madrid boss has done a good job in Seville. A year ago, his team were seventh in the league table with 43 points and now they are in third place on 71 points.

But they are not sitting comfortably, with Real Sociedad and Getafe four points behind and Atletico Madrid five behind, and both Sociedad and Atleti have a game in hand.

Lopetegui comes into the game with a full squad to pick from, but experienced midfielders Jesus Navas and Franco Vazquez are both just one yellow card away from a suspension.

 

Ansu has the answer

Ansu Fati scored the opening goal in Barcelona's 2-0 La Liga win vs Leganes

Ansu Fati being congratulated after scoring against Leganes

The Blaugrana have returned from the break in league winning form, taking six points from two games scoring six and conceding none.

And in the last outing, 17 year–old wonderkid Ansu Fati was on target in the victory over Leganes, tormenting the strugglers with his quick feet and turn of pace.

He scored his goal with calm assurance, finding the bottom corner from 20 yards. So if anyone was wondering how Barca will eventually replace Lionel Messi, we may just have the answer.

Of course, the record breaking Messi is irreplaceable but Ansu is the future, and it’s looking bright for Barca if they can keep hold of their young star.

Back in the now, Messi, as imperious as ever, scored his 21st of the season against Leganes and Quique Setien has the returning Luis Suarez to call on, as well as Antoine Griezmann and new signing Martin Braithwaite.

He may even give Fati a break to protect his young star, but what an array of options to choose from.

 

History

The Blaugrana have had much the better of the head-to-head Sevilla vs Barcelona results over the past 62 games, winning 39 and losing 12 while there have been 11 draws.

Messi and Suarez were both on target when Barca hammered Seville 4-0 in Round 8 of this season. In fact, the Blaugrana have won the last three meetings by big margins, scoring 16 goals and conceding three.

But Sevilla are unbeaten in eight games at home, so where do we go with our Sevilla vs Barcelona betting tips?

 

Betting Tip

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Barcelona vs Sevilla FC Sevilla FC First Half Asian Handicap +0.25 @ 1.90
June 20, 04:00 (GMT+8)

Well, Sevilla are at odds of 3.98 to win, with the draw at 3.40 and Barca at 1.82 to take all three points.

The Asian handicap option offers the hosts at 2.06 with a +0.50 start and Barca at 1.83 with that handicap, and I can see Setien’s side coming out on top at the end of 90 minutes.

But in both Barca’s wins since the return, they have been slow to get into their stride eventually winning at a canter, but that was against two sides struggling to avoid relegation.

If we see the same pattern here against a top side then we could have a fascinating second 45 minutes!

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La Liga: Atleti to Put Valladolid to the Sword

Atletico Madrid vs Real Valladolid

The action continues to heat up in La Liga as we approach towards the conclusion of the ongoing 2019/20 season.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are playing catch-and-mouse against each other in hopes of securing this season’s championship while the other teams are either jostling for position or trying to survive in the Spanish top-flight.

Atletico Madrid is one of those clubs who are trying to secure their Champions League spot while the same can’t be said for Real Valladolid as they are looking to avoid the relegation zone.

Diego Simeone’s men currently sit at the fourth spot with 49 points while Real Valladolid have a lot of catching up to do with 33 points – good for 14th place.

With this game to be held at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, our betting odds point to an easy win for Atletico Madrid. However, looking at their recent encounters, this might be closer than most would think.

In the reverse fixture last October 2019, both of these clubs were held to a goalless draw while Atletico Madrid escaped with a 1-0 win few months earlier thanks to a timely goal by Joaquin Fernandez – who is now playing, ironically, for Valladolid this term.

Without further ado, here is our match preview ahead of this weekend.

 

Talking Points

Atletico Madrid firing on all cylinders

Diego Simeone’s men have been on a roll ever since they dumped Liverpool out in the Champions League right before the mandated hiatus.

Upon returning to La Liga action, Los Rojiblancos drew level against Athletic Bilbao when they visited them in San Mames. However, just last night, Atleti unleashed a performance for the ages against Osasuna.

La Liga: Joao Felix is currently Atletico Madrid's second top scorer with six goals

Joao Felix with Atletico Madrid teammate Santiago Arias celebrate after scoring vs Osasuna

Atletico Madrid’s struggles on the attack were well-documented all season so it was refreshing to see their performance last night. Since losing Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona, Diego Simeone’s collection of misfiring and injured strikers just couldn’t get it done.

Joao Felix, who was expected to light up La Liga this term, has only notched eight goals and two assists. He has been hobbled with knee and ankle injuries which surely affected his overall form.

Atleti’s top scorer as of the moment is Alvaro Morata, who has registered 12 goals and two assists as of this writing. Angel Correa has been their midfield ace with five goals and six assists.

But what really makes Los Rojiblancos a formidable team is their backline. Led by the highly-talented goalkeeper Jan Oblak, Atleti have only conceded 22 goals this campaign.

Speaking of Oblak, the Slovenia international hit a big milestone in La Liga by being the fastest to reach the century mark of clean sheets after his team’s demolition of Osasuna last Wednesday evening – tallying 100 clean sheets in just 182 appearances.

There is no shortage of quality in Diego Simeone’s squad. And if they can continue to have more games fielding in a complete roster, Atleti is surely a force to be reckoned with.

 

Real Valladolid struggling to score

A big reason why Real Valladolid is struggling as of late is because of their lacklustre attack.

They currently are the second worst team in La Liga on that regard, scoring only 25 goals after 29 matchdays already.

Unlike most clubs, team manager Sergio don’t have the luxury of having options that can provide the much-needed goals.

Their leading goalscorer is Sergi Guardiola with six goals and two assists. He is followed by Enes Unal with five goals and two assists.

Other than those two, there isn’t much to look at with their current roster. In what should be one of their main strengths this season, their central midfield has been subpar all season.

Ruben Alcaraz only got to score his second goal of the season against Leganes few days ago, which epitomises Valladolid’s limitations as a side.

 

History

Atletico Madrid have dominated Real Valladolid in their overall head-to-head matchups.

In their 32 encounters, Atleti won in 20 — which includes winning eight of the last 10 — while Valladolid won in eight along with four draws.

While neither are really known to score goals in bunches at least for this campaign, they were able to do the opposite each time they lock horns as they’ve averaged 2.81 goals per match between them.

 

Betting Tip

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Atletico Madrid vs Real Valladolid Atletico Madrid Asian Handicap -1.25 @ 2.02
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Here in the 1×2 market, Atletico Madrid are heavily favoured as they are being priced at 1.41 compared to an underwhelming 8.50 price for Real Valladolid and a draw at 4.10.

This is expected given the quality disparity between these two squads and with Atleti playing at home.

However, the pressure is more on to Atleti since grabbing points will be crucial to their Champions League hopes next year. So if Real Valladolid can spring an upset this Saturday, it would be a huge morale booster on their end.

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La Liga: Benzema Brilliance Makes It Real

Real Madrid 3-0 Valencia

When a football match kicks off at 10pm local time, it is rather unusual – not that you will hear Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane complain.

What he will be well aware of, however, is that the pressure on Los Blancos will increase as long as Barcelona play before his team and keep on winning

This was the second time in less than a week that Madrid are playing 24 hours or so after the Catalans had enjoyed victory to increase their lead atop the La Liga table.

The added challenge of playing a team with something to play for – a European spot and a possible return to the Champions League next season – only added to the intensity.

As I said in the build-up to this clash, Real didn’t need to worry about performance: just make sure they won the game.

 

Highlights of the game

Eyes turned to the team sheets as both managers embraced at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium (is that allowed under current guidelines?!) – Zidane and Albert Celades are former Real team-mates.

The home side’s loss of Isco with a muscle injury was somewhat offset by the news that Dani Carvajal had passed a fitness test. Meanwhile for the visitors, Geoffrey Kondogbia has returned from suspension.

In a first half full of end-to-end La Liga highlights, it was Valencia’s Jasper Cillessen who was the busier goalkeeper — yet, many felt his side should have been ahead at the break.

That’s because either side of diverting an Eden Hazard shot away from goal, booting clear a Carvajal effort after he wriggled through and gathering another shot from the Belgian, the first half was all about VAR.

 

 
 
 
 

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Real had already been warned when Rodrigo – once a loanee at Bolton Wanderers in their Premier League days – fired a shot which Thibaut Courtois superbly diverted onto the post, just moments before he thought he had broken the deadlock.

He stroked the ball home from close range after a sublime reverse pass from Carlos Soler caught out the home rearguard only for referee Jose María Sanchez Martinez to rule out the goal for offside.

That Uruguayan Maxi Gomez was fractionally offside is correct; whether or not he interfered with play, especially as he didn’t touch the ball, was debatable but the goal was disallowed.

The decision infuriated Valencia as Jose Luis Gaya was shown a yellow card for his protests.

Dutch goalkeeper Cillessen was the busier, although Courtois had to smartly push the ball away to keep out a long-range Kondogbia shot on the stroke of half-time.

Valencia would certainly have felt aggrieved at the decision and, perhaps with revenge on their minds after being brushed aside 3-1 in the Spanish Super Cup semi-finals in January, continued to frustrate the hosts.

There seems to be more of a togetherness about Real this season than they had at the same stage last term. And, on the hour, the deadlock was finally broken.

Hazard provided the assist and Karim Benzema did the rest, unmarked and coolly side-footing the ball into the bottom corner.

Cillessen then had to push a Luka Modric flier to safety as Madrid tried to add a game-clinching second.

They did claim it eventually, and it was quite a story, as Marco Asensio – initially ruled out for the season before Covid-19 halted the campaign – netted with his first touch of 2019/20.

Just seconds after replacing Federico Valverde, he expertly volleyed in a left-footed shot from a Ferland Mendy corner to make the game safe.

What would the La Liga betting odds on that have been, I wonder!

On the night both clubs honoured the legacy of Alfredo Di Stefano in the ground named after him – Di Stefano was not only a Real great but coached Valencia to the La Liga title (1971) and Cup Winners’ Cup glory (1980) – it was a moment fitting to seal the contest.

There was still more to come though as Asensio set up Benzema for his second and a simply stunning finish. Make sure you watch it!

Valencia fail to score a goal against Real Madrid in their La Liga clash

Valencia’s Lee Kang-in complains to the referee after being shown a red card

Game, set, match Real – Valencia’s frustration was compounded by the dismissal of substitute Lee Kang-In moments later and just 12 minutes after entering the fray as he kicked out more than once at Sergio Ramos.

We’ve got a La Liga title race on our hands SBOBET fans!

 

Key statistics

Benzema is now the fifth-highest of Madrid’s all-time leading goalscorers, one ahead of the legendary Ferenc Puskas (242 goals).

Real have kept a league-high 13 clean sheets this season – already one more than they managed in the whole of 2018/19.

Valencia manager Celades scored one goal in 56 La Liga appearances for Real Madrid between 2000 and 2005.

 

What’s next?

Real travel to a European-chasing Real Sociedad team on Sunday night (June 21) who are reeling from a surprise defeat to Alaves, this just a few hours after Valencia host Osasuna.

 

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La Liga: Los Blancos’ Big Opportunity in Basque

Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid

Coming off of a victory against Valencia last Thursday evening, Real Madrid will have a great opportunity at their hands in a few days from now.

Trailing by only two points behind Barcelona in the La Liga table, a win here against Real Sociedad at the Reale Arena could catapult them to the first seed once more.

So the pressure is on for Los Blancos to take care of business, and they would be very keen on taking advantage of a flabbergasted La Real squad who shockingly lost to Deportivo Alaves in a 2-0 clean sheet on the road.

But let’s make no mistake about it, Real Sociedad are also a team under pressure given that they slipped to the sixth spot at the table.

Atletico Madrid’s victory over Osasuna pushed them up to the fourth spot with 49 points, whereas Getafe and La Real are level with 47 points apiece.

A Champions League spot and a path to the championship is on the line this weekend in the Spanish top-flight tournament.

This means that all SBOBET football fans will have their eyes and ears both at the Reale Arena and Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium because this weekend’s matchday will pose huge ramifications across the league.

Talking Points

Real Sociedad raring to bounce back

La Real’s Champions League hopes took a hit with a disappointing loss to Alaves last night.

During the said match, Real Sociedad were badly outplayed by the Asier Garitano-coached side who is desperate for points in order to avoid the relegation zone.

It was a game that saw a lot of fireworks and drama, especially in the later stages when both teams were reduced to 10 men.

Borja Sainz was able to register a goal in the 56th minute after a lengthy wait for a VAR decision on offside to give the home team the lead for good.

Then later, Real Sociedad’s Joseba Zaldua and Alaves’ Tomas Pina were sent off during the final 10 minutes and Martin Aguirregabiria notched his first goal of the season during added time for good measure.

Sociedad are now winless in the first two matches since the restart and they would need to pick themselves up in order to stay afloat in their Champions League quest.

Imanol Alguacil’s men will surely look for some home comfort against Los Blancos come Monday as they are the sixth best home club in Spain (W8, L3, D3).

 

Real Madrid can’t afford to lose

The next few matchdays will determine the fate of Zinedine Zidane’s men.

In their first two games since the restart, Los Blancos responded well to the challenge so far by dropping big wins against Eibar and a tricky Valencia club.

With six goals and having only conceded one goal, Real Madrid have been hitting their stride by providing us with some topnotch La Liga 2020 highlights.

A huge part of their recent success is their diminishing injury list. Dani Carvajal was able to play during the last time out despite having an ankle concern while Marco Asensio made his long-awaited return against Valencia – showing no signs of rust whatsoever.

La Liga: Karim Benzema becomes Real Madrid fifth-highest scorer with 243 goals

Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring their stunning third goal

With Benzema being his usual high-scoring self, Hazard’s decent form, and Casemiro’s reliability, the addition of a fit Marco Asensio will unlock a whole new dimension for their overall attack.

This should give Zinedine Zidane and his men a ton of confidence prior to this match.

 

History

The two Real squads have had a rich history in Spanish top-flight as they’ve faced each other in 136 fixtures already.

Real Madrid hold a significant lead over Real Sociedad in their head-to-head matchups winning in 85, only losing 38 times, along with 32 draws.

Los Blancos won 3-1 in the reverse fixture earlier this season. However, La Real avenged their early loss by dumping their rivals out in the Copa del Rey with a 4-3 quarterfinals victory.

 

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Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid 1X2 Real Madrid @ 1.81
June 22, 04:00 (GMT+8)

The updated La Liga 2020 odds point to a win for Los Blancos. Real Madrid are priced at 1.81 while Real Sociedad are placed at 4.10 and a draw is at 3.45 in the 1×2 market.

With Los Blancos rounding into dangerous form on both ends of the pitch, it is clear that Zinedine Zidane’s men are on a mission.

While Real Sociedad may appear to be uniquely qualified to put a huge dent to Real Madrid’s title hopes, their recent string of performances indicate that they may not be up to the task.

Moreover, expect this to be a high-scoring showdown with both teams having some of the best strikers in the game. I expect the likes of Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard, Mikel Oyarzabal and Martin Odegaard try to make a huge statement come Monday night.

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La Liga: Barca Drop Points in Seville

Sevilla 0-0 Barcelona

Barcelona were held to a goalless draw at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuain as third-placed Sevilla frustrated the champions with a disciplined display.

It leaves the Blaugrana three points clear at the top of La Liga, but second-placed Real Madrid have a game in hand while Sevilla will be happy with the point which will keep them in the hunt for a Champions League place.

The pre-match Sevilla vs Barcelona Betting odds had the draw at odds of 3.40, and we billed this a Barca’s biggest test so far — and so it proved to be.

 

Highlights of the game

In a lively start, Seville skipper Jesus Navas had a shot blocked at one end, and then when Nelson Semedo slid the ball to Luis Suarez, his shot was held by Tomas Vaclik. Sevilla defender Jules Kounde found space in the Barca box, but he screwed his shot wide.

Messi bagged his 21st goal of the season in last week’s victory over Leganes and he started the game six clear of Karim Benzema in the race for the Golden Boot. He went in search of his 22nd but his left-footed strike from outside the area was charged down. Then, Ivan Rakitic tried his luck from distance but his shot flew wide.

Sevilla defender Sergio Reguilon picked up a yellow card for a clumsy foul on Messi. And in a stop-start first half, Barca centre back Gerard Pique joined him in the referee’s book when he clattered into Munir El Haddadi. The ref picked another two on the brink of half time, booking Sevilla’s Fernando and Barca’s Sergio Busquets.

After a bright opening, the first half became a game of chess with a touch of unarmed combat! But the second provided more attacking football. Lopetegui introduced Ever Banega at half time, and he took a pot shot from outside the box but it flew wide.

Sevilla top scorer Lucas Ocampos took a shot from a tight angle which Ter Stegen did well to save, and the Barca keeper was on hand again to deny the Argentine when he took a shot from the left edge of the penalty area.

As the game swung from end to end, Luis Suarez had a shot blocked and then, Ocampos met a cross from Navas but his shot was high and wide. Barca probed but were frustrated when Suarez collected a through ball from Messi but was again crowded out by a determined Sevilla defence.

Barcelona fail to get the La Liga win in order to strengthen their lead atop the table

Luis Suarez reacts after failing to score a late goal for Barcelona

Quique Setien rang the changes and brought on Antoine Griezmann, leaving young sensation Ansu Fati on the bench. The 17-year-old was sensational in Barca’s 2-0 win over Leganes last week but the boss went for experience.

Sevilla still posed an attacking threat and Ocampos again shot from a wide-angle, but Ter Stegen held on to his low effort. Barca continued to press for the elusive winner and Suarez came very close, meeting a cross from Jordi Alba and firing his first-time shot just over the bar.

The hosts had a huge chance to win the game on 90 minutes when the ball broke loose to Reguilon, but the on-loan Real Madrid man shot straight at Ter Stegen.

 

Key statistics

Barca enjoyed 64 per cent possession, but the shot count was more even at ten to eight with four shots on target for each team.

These are the first points dropped by the league leaders since the restart, but Sevilla are now unbeaten in nine games.

 

What’s next?

At the beginning of this game, Barca held a two-point lead over Real Madrid after Los Blancos completed an impressive 3-0 victory over Valencia to close the gap. The SBOBET La Liga looks like going down to the wire with Zinedine Zidane’s challengers starting so well, and Barca dropping points tonight will give them hope.

Real Madrid are away to Real Sociedad on Sunday where a win will draw them level at the top, but that will be a tough game.

 

Next for the Blaugrana is a home game against Athletic Club, before an away trip to relegation-threatened Celta Vigo. The Bilbao side has drawn twice since the break, the first a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid, while Celta have picked up a solitary point against Real Valladolid.

Sevilla is away to seventh-placed Villarreal, and then at home to Valladolid who are climbing nicely away from trouble and are up to 15th.

So, folks, we have a packed week of action ahead and we’ll be back here with all the latest La Liga 2020 news, highlights and results as they happen.

 

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La Liga: Sevilla Set Their Sights to Sink The Yellow Submarine

Villarreal vs Sevilla

They passed a big test at Seville the other day when they held the league leaders Barcelona to a goalless draw. And this time, they will be the ones giving out the test when they visit Villarreal at the Estadio de la Ceramica on Tuesday night.

Sevilla currently hold the solo third spot at the La Liga table with 52 points after two draws and one win since the league’s restart and they will aim for more points in order to cement their place in next year’s Champions League.

The home team in Villarreal is no slouch either, winning their first three matches since the restart and this will mark the first time that they’ll face a top-five team since late February.

They are at the seventh spot with 47 points and in a three-way tie against Getafe and Real Sociedad.

With both teams fighting for position for either an Europa League or Champions League spot, grabbing points will be crucial especially as the 2019/20 season is winding down.

Who will emerge victorious at the Estadio de la Ceramica next week? Let this SBOBET preview offer you guidance on your next bet.

 

Talking Points

The Yellow Submarines retooling

Villarreal are one of the hottest teams in La Liga after notching three victories in a row since the restart.

After losing three straight prior to the break, Javier Calleja’s men took care of business against some of the bottom-tier teams.

Celta Vigo, RCD Mallorca, and Granada were their victims and they all coincidentally lost in identical 1-0 clean sheets.

In those matches, a lot of players have stepped up to the plate with the likes of Carlos Bacca and Manu Trigueros adding on to their goal count this campaign.

Villarreal have won all their 3 matches since La Liga resumes in to action

Gerard Moreno celebrates scoring a goal for Villarreal

It’s considered good news if you’re Javier Calleja especially since he’s relied on the veteran duo of Gerard Moreno and Santi Cazorla pretty much all season – accounting for 20 goals and nine assists so far this term.

But lest you think that Villarreal are already satisfied with their overall attack with 47 goals as of this writing, they’ve reinforced their roster by bringing in Paco Alcacer from Borussia Dortmund via transfers five months ago.

The Spanish international has been a key piece for BVB in recent seasons, leading them out front as their key striker. However, with the arrival of Erling Haaland, he was already considered as expendable.

Alcacer has yet to get his feet wet for Villarreal, scoring only two goals and one assist in his limited time. But it’s expected that Javier Calleja will give him more playing time in order to regain his dangerous form once more.

 

Lucas Ocampos grabbing headlines

Lucas Ocampos burst into the scene the minute that La Liga restarted by producing goals and a ton of La Liga 2020 highlights.

The 25-year-old winger has proven to be vital for Sevilla, using his speed and threat to score to create opportunities for himself and his teammates.

In his last five La Liga matches, Ocampos has recorded five goals and two assists and has arguably been Sevilla’s best player this season.

He has fit in well to Julen Lopetegui’s system especially in the 4-3-3 formation where he uses his high work rate to support both his full-back and striker depending on the situation. Standing over at six feet and his good physique, Ocampos can be dangerous both in the open or in set-pieces.

In addition, he has made a name for himself in Argentina, scoring two goals in his last three appearances with the national team.

With his impact for the club, I won’t be surprised to see if the Argentinean will garner significant interest from some of the Europe’s big clubs soon.

History

Villarreal and Sevilla have met each other 45 times prior to this match.

Sevilla hold the advantage in their overall head-to-head matchups by winning in 20 while Villarreal won in 13 along with 12 draws.

Villarreal fared decently at home this season with seven wins, four losses, and three draws – good for 10th overall in La Liga.

As for Sevilla, they are at par with Real Madrid as the best road team in La Liga this season, which is considered a job well done for team manager Julen Lopetegui.

 

Betting Tip

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Villarreal vs Sevilla Sevilla Asian Handicap 0.00 @ 1.93
June 23, 01:30 (GMT+8)

In our latest La Liga 2020 odds, Sevilla only hold a slight edge as they are priced at 2.67 while Villarreal are at 2.77, and a draw is at 3.00 in the 1×2 market.

I wouldn’t blame you if you fancy a draw for this one given the good form of these two teams. But my personal pick would be Los Palanganas getting the three points on the road.

Villarreal, although they are enjoying a three-game winning streak, they have yet to face a tougher club like Sevilla in that stretch.

Sevilla, meanwhile, are probably riding high in confidence after their superb performance against Barcelona which is why I’m picking them to win on this upcoming fixture.

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La Liga: It Has to Be Wins for Barca

Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao

Barcelona aim to get back on the victory trail on Tuesday when Athletic Bilbao are the visitors to the Camp Nou.

Quique Setien’s side sits at the top of La Liga but only three points clear of Real Madrid before Los Blancos visit Real Sociedad on Sunday night. Zinedine Zidane’s challengers have the upper hand if the two teams are level on points thanks to their head-to-head advantage over the reigning champions.

The latest La Liga 2020 betting odds have Barca and Real neck and neck, so the Blaugrana can not afford any more slip-ups, starting with the visit of Athletic Club on Tuesday.

Bilbao head coach Gaitzka Garitano will have his side primed to test the league leaders as they are in decent form, going unbeaten in three games since the resumption.

 

Talking Points

Can Barca up the firsthalf tempo?

La Liga: Ansu Fati was rested in Barcelona's 0-0 draw vs Leganes

Ansu Fati celebrates with Barcelona teammates after scoring vs Leganes

After returning to action with two comfortable victories, Barca had a frustrating night away to Sevilla and had to settle for a 0-0 draw. Even in their wins over strugglers Leganes and Real Mallorca, the Blaugrana were rather slow out of the blocks, and again in Seville the frenetic action all took place in the second half.

This is a problem Setien must solve, and he certainly has the attacking tools to take any side apart. Talisman Lionel Messi is searching for his 700th career goal for club and country; he came close in Seville and won’t want to wait any longer.

Young striker Ansu Fati is already an SBOBET La Liga star with five goals in his first season in the senior squad at the Camp Nou. The 17-year-old was outstanding in scoring the opener in Barca’s 2-0 win over Leganes, and I reckon he’ll be making more La Liga 2020 news headlines before the season is out.

Meanwhile, Luis Suarez’ comeback looks to be gathering pace and if he can find his best form, then Barca will thrive.

There could be a return for two other players against Bilbao. Wing-back Sergi Roberto has been nursing a rib injury while midfield star Frenkie de Jong also missed the Sevilla game with a calf strain, but both are in the frame for a return.

 

Life after Aduriz for Athletic Club

Bilbao legend Aritz Aduriz announced his retirement in May, calling time on an eight-year run at the club, scoring 96 goals in 231 appearances.

Those are big shooting boots to fill. Midfield man Raul Garcia has taken up the challenge, already bagging 10 for the season while both Iker Munian and Inaki Williams have an eye for goal.

Centre-back Inigo Martinez was on the end of a free-kick to score the only goal in Athletic Club’s victory over Real Betis on Saturday. That win took the Bilbao side up to ninth in the league table.

The visitors won’t just sit back at the Camp Nou, but they will find tough resistance from Barca defensive rock Gerard Pique, who won’t mess about…he’s already picked up 12 yellow cards this season!

 

History

The Blaugrana have enjoyed a lot of success against Athletic Bilbao in the head-to-heads since 1993. In their 67 meetings, Barca have won 42, drawn 14 and lost only 11.

But they have found Bilbao tough opposition recently, and the underdogs are unbeaten in the previous four meetings, winning the last two by a 1-0 margin, including a stunning win on the opening day of the 2019/20 season.

Veteran striker Aduriz scored a spectacular scissor kick in the 89th minute after the champions had fluffed their lines in the curtain raiser.

Messi was out injured while Antoine Griezmann made his debut, and Suarez and Rafinha both hit the woodwork. A repeat of that outcome could spell disaster for Setien’s men.

 

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Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao Barcelona Asian Handicap -1.25 @ 1.85
June 23, 04:00 (GMT+8)

The goalless draw in Seville ended a run of three consecutive wins for Barca and that might just be the wake-up call the Catalans needed.

They have taken time to settle into all three of their games since the return of football, and their sluggishness cost them dearly against high flying Sevilla.

The hosts are at odds of 1.37 to win on Tuesday with the draw at 4.56, and I think they will have too much for Bilbao. Barca’s home record reads 14 wins and one draw, and I fully expect it to be 15 and one by Wednesday morning.

For a long shot on a scoreline bet, 2-0 to Barca at odds of 6.95 is the most likely.

The visitors are at odds of 7.14 to make it three wins against Barcelona, but with an away record of two wins, eight draws and five defeats, a point would be a superb outcome for the visitors and another headache for Setien.

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La Liga: Record-Breaker Ramos Leads Real Madrid Back to the Top

Real Sociedad 1-2 Real Madrid

Real Madrid have reclaimed control of the La Liga title race after a 2-1 win over Real Sociedad sent them back to the top of the table.

Real captain Sergio Ramos broke another La Liga record with his second-half penalty and Karim Benzema struck later to seal the three points for Real. Los Blancos have now won all three matches since returning to action last week.

SBOBET La Liga fans should be treated to a very tight title race moving forward. Real are tied with fierce rivals Barcelona on 65 points, but they have the edge by virtue of a superior head-to-head record in El Clasico.

On the other side, La Real’s La Liga 2020 results have been poor since returning, and their dreams of making it back to the Champions League are now in serious danger.

 

Highlights of the game

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane made a few changes to the side that hammered Valencia 3-0 in midweek. Vinicius Junior and James Rodriguez both came in for Eden Hazard and Luke Modric.

Vinicius hadn’t scored since El Clasico back in March, but the Brazilian very nearly broke that drought after just two minutes. He got on the end of a Federico Valverde cutback, but his ambitious effort with the outside of his right boot went wide.

Real had to wait nearly half an hour until their next notable sight on goal. The chance fell to Karim Benzema, whose shot was easily saved by Sociedad keeper Alex Remiro.

Remiro was once again called into action on 42 minutes as Vinicius cut from the left wing and unleashed a powerful shot which Remiro had to parry away.

Vinicius’ influence continued into the second half, and his great work led to Real’s opening goal just a few minutes after the break.

The Brazilian danced his way from the left wing into the penalty area and was brought down just when he was about to shoot. The referee did not hesitate to point to the penalty spot.

Up stepped Sergio Ramos to take responsibility, and the Real captain made no mistake from the spot as he sent Remiro the wrong way.

Real remained well in command of proceedings as the hosts hardly threatened the Madrid goal. Toni Kroos had a speculative shot from distance on 63 minutes.

Real Madrid are leading the La Liga title race following their 1-2 win against Real Sociedad

Real Madrid players celebrate after winning 1-2 against Real Sociedad in La Liga

But seven minutes later, Real found the second goal that would eventually seal the points. Valverde did brilliantly to send the ball into the box from the byline. His cross found Karim Benzema, who did even better as he evaded a couple of Sociedad defenders and slotted home.

Sociedad protested that Benzema had used his arm to control the ball, but after a review by VAR, Real’s goal stood.

Sociedad had 20 minutes to salvage at least a point, and they were able to pull a goal back on 83 minutes. Mikel Merino was able to get on the end of a Roberto Lopez cross and blast the ball past Thibaut Courtois.

However, there would be no dramatic finish as Real Madrid would hold on to grab the all-important three points and go back to the top of La Liga.

 

Key statistics

The statistics for this match were quite even. Sociedad just barely edged the possession battle, 51-49, while both sides finished with 10 total shots.

However, the visitors produced more meaningful chances with six shots on target compared to Sociedad’s two.

Vinicius Jr. was a big part of Real’s success. The Brazilian had a brilliant match for Real as he had two shots and completed five dribbles.

Meanwhile, Benzema has now scored three goals in three games back following his brace against Valencia. The 32-year-old has 17 league goals for the season, just four back of Lionel Messi for the La Liga lead.

Sergio Ramos remains right behind Benzema on Real’s scoring charts after getting his seventh league goal of the season. Four of those have come from the penalty spot. With his latest goal, Ramos became the top-scoring defender in La Liga’s history with 68 career goals.Sociedad’s star trio of Alexander Isak, Martin Odegaard, and Mikel Oyarzabal — who have 20 goals and 12 assists between them — did not have a good game. All three were substituted in the second half as Sociedad manager Imanol Alguacil tried to shake things up.

 

What’s next?

The La Liga 2020 odds will favour Real heavily in their next two matches as they face two relegation strugglers. First up, they will host Mallorca, who are currently in 18th place, at the Santiago Bernabeu. Then they travel to Barcelona to face last-placed Espanyol.

Meanwhile, Real Sociedad will look to pick up a much-needed win at home against Celta Vigo. However, they must be careful as Celta just thrashed Alaves 6-0 over the weekend.

 

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La Liga: Sevilla Mount Comeback to Stay at Third Place

Villarreal 2-2 Sevilla

Sevilla’s sharp display in the second half fueled a timely comeback against an in-form Villarreal to grab a valuable point in last night’s La Liga match at the Estadio de la Ceramica.

An early Paco Alcacer goal put the home team on top but it was answered back by Sergio Escudero towards the end of the first half.

The Yellow Submarine were threatening to break away with the win as Pau Torres scored another one just before to end the first half. However, Munir El Haddadi came to Sevilla’s rescue with his own as well in the late game.

The said result solidified Los Palanganas’ hold at the third spot at the table, and it was much needed especially since Atletico Madrid are coming off of a crucial 1-0 victory against Real Valladolid two nights ago.

Julen Lopetegui’s men have 53 points – trailing by 12 against the league leaders in Barcelona and Real Madrid. However, their La Liga 2020 odds of securing a Champions League berth for next term have increased dramatically.

For Villarreal, they are still in a good spot placing sixth at the table with 48 points and they were able to overtake Real Sociedad by a solitary point since the latter lost against Real Madrid.

Villarreal, Getafe, Real Sociedad, and Valencia remain in a tight four-way race towards securing an Europa League berth.

Today, let us look back at all the action and La Liga 2020 highlights here at SBOBET.

 

Highlights of the game

I mentioned in this match preview on Paco Alcacer being the x-factor for Villarreal. And in this game, the Spanish forward would finally show glimpses of what he is capable of.

In the 18th minute, Alberto Moreno found Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa inside the box for a header that was saved by Tomas Vaclik and the former Borussia Dortmund striker was at the right place and at the right time to slot in Villarreal’s first goal of the match.

The Yellow Submarine would try to add on to their lead when Paco Alcacer spearheaded their counter attack 12 minutes later. Alberto Moreno was on the receiving end of a beautiful cross by Paco Alcacer, but Tomas Vaclik was there again for the save.

Sevilla would equalise in the 38th minute when Sergio Escudero launched a long-range strike from the left flank, catching Villarreal defenders who were backing off him by surprise. It was the team captain’s first goal of the season.

However, the draw would not last long when defender Pau Torres scored a header after a corner kick in the 49th minute. Paco Alcacer was once again responsible for creating that scoring opportunity for his teammates.

Lucas Ocampos, who has been playing well for Sevilla, came off the bench and tried to make an impact in the 59th minute when he launched a cross for a possible chance. However, Joan Jordan’s header attempt was blocked by Sergio Asenjo.

Julen Lopetegui’s gamble paid off when he brought in Munir El Haddadi after halftime as he scored his eighth goal of the season. Jesus Navas launched a cross from the opposite side and the 24-year-old striker belted the goal wonderfully during the 63rd minute.

Sevilla would have one more chance to gain the advantage in the game’s later stages. After a flubbed corner kick by Ever Banega in the 85th minute, Sergio Escudero launched a long volley from the opposite side but Luuk de Jong’s header was saved by Sergio Asenjo.

 

Key statistics

Both Villarreal and Sevilla remain undefeated since La Liga’s restart. Villarreal have notched three wins and one draw in their first four matches while Sevilla won once and drew three times.

One of those three draws include a goalless draw against Barcelona, which effectively put Real Madrid on top of the standings once more.

Villarreal 36-year-old midfielder Bruno Soriano was able to make his first La Liga appearance in over three years after being hobbled by knee injuries. His last match dates back to May 2017.

Sevilla had the lion’s share of the possession at 58-per cent and they also had more total shots (12) and corners (8).

 

What’s next?

Villarreal will have one more home game against Valencia this upcoming Sunday before visiting Real Betis at the Benito Villamarin Stadium next week Thursday.

Sevilla, meanwhile, will turn their focus in getting more points as they face some of the bottom-tier teams in La Liga such as Real Valladolid, Leganes, and Eibar.

 

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La Liga: Ivan Rakitic Fires Barcelona Back On Top

Barcelona 1-0 Athletic Bilbao

Fans over at Camp Nou needed some good news especially after they were leapfrogged by Real Madrid in the La Liga table. And after last night, they can finally breathe a sigh of relief for the meantime.

Barcelona defeated Athletic Bilbao, 1-0, at home in order to put themselves back on top of the standings as Ivan Rakitic managed to score the only goal of the evening.

Although it was an underwhelming result by their standards, Quique Setien’s men will take the valuable three points anyway especially with the championship race tightening by the day.

Real Madrid has a slight advantage over Barcelona in our La Liga 2020 odds to win it all should they remain level on points, and they have a chance to overtake them once more if they beat RCD Mallorca tomorrow.

As for Athletic Bilbao, they remain smack dab in the middle of the table as they are placed 10th with 42 points.

Gaizka Garitano’s side are enjoying a decent run lately with two draws and one win since La Liga restarted. Prior to the mandated break, Los Leones lost four of their last six fixtures.

As we continue our coverage of the Spanish top-flight, let us recap last night’s set of La Liga 2020 highlights here at SBOBET.

 

Highlights of the game

La Liga: Quique Setien makes the most out of his rotation by bringing in some substitutes in the second half

Barcelona boss Quique Setien watching the La Liga match

It can be remembered that Athletic Bilbao won the reverse fixture earlier this season with an identical score, and they were eager to do that once more last night.

They gave Barca quite a scare in the first three minutes when Unai Lopez launched a long cross after a corner kick that almost went to the back of the net. It was a good thing for the Blaugrana, however, that Marc-Andre ter Stegen was there to block the shot away.

It was Barcelona’s time to have their first real chance just a minute later when Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann found a cutting Luis Suarez on the left flank. However, the Uruguayan striker flubbed the ball and wasn’t able to get a decent shot off.

With Barca struggling to create any viable chances, Quique Setien decided to make the most out of his rotation by bringing in some substitutes in the second half.

Fast forward to the 54th minute, Athletic Bilbao’s defence made a major mistake when their short clearance went right to Lionel Messi near the penalty area.

Lionel Messi volleyed a pass over to Antoine Griezmann at the left flank, but his attempt was stopped by Unai Simon, who showed great instincts by getting in the way of the 29-year-old forward.

And then after playing for more than an hour with no goals scored between these two clubs, the Catalan giants would finally break the deadlock with a goal from one of their unlikeliest sources.

Ivan Rakitic, who was often criticised by the fans over at Camp Nou, came to the rescue by coming off the bench and scoring the marginal goal to put Barca on top at the 71st minute.

Prior to the said goal, Lionel Messi was busy trying to carve out an opportunity for his teammates to score.

The Argentinian winger flicked the ball over to Arturo Vidal who passed the ball right back, and then the ball was deflected away right into a cutting Ivan Rakitic for the score.

It was somehow a redemption moment for Rakitic given the vitriol he’s received from the Camp Nou faithful over the past few years. All season long, the 32-year-old midfielder wasn’t played much by either Ernesto Valverde or Quique Setien but his professionalism always stood out in the dressing room.

Barca would have two more chances within the last 10 minutes. Messi missed out on a goal when his low shot drifted too wide in the 79th minute, while Arturo Vidal’s short-range strike was deflected by Unai Simon during added time.

Key statistics

While goals aren’t aplenty for Barca last night, they’ve had the lion’s share in possessions at 73-per cent.

The Catalan giants have had 18 total shots with four on target while Athletic Bilbao had six total shots with none of them on target.

Lionel Messi missed out on scoring his 700th career goal yesterday, but it is expected that he’ll have it sooner or later.

 

What’s next?

Barca will visit Celta Vigo at the Municipal de Balaidos on Saturday before locking horns against Atletico Madrid back in Camp Nou next week.

Bilbao, on the other hand, will host RCD Mallorca this weekend before heading over to the Mestalla to face Valencia.

 

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La Liga: Atletico Aim For Glorious Dozen Unbeaten

Atletico Madrid vs Alaves

They resumed La Liga action in sixth place but it hasn’t taken too long for Los Rojiblancos to return to the top four and the lucrative Champions League berth such a placing provides.

Their midweek win at Levante was important in two ways.

First, it ensured coach Diego Simeone equalled the great Luis Aragones with his 194th victory in charge of the club.

Second, it ensured Atletico finally made it back into a Champions League qualifying position – something the club has made its own in recent years and vital for continued progression.

After a run of just one win in 11 away league games, the side has now claimed back-to-back away wins and six points on the road has allowed them to jump up to third place in the table.

No wonder the La Liga betting odds make them overwhelming favourites to see off Alaves who have lost three of four since football’s restart, shipping nine goals in the process.

Talking Points

Los Rojiblancos are, of course, already in this season’s quarter-finals of Europe’s premier competition after dispatching the holders.

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But they will still want to finish the domestic campaign as high as possible and create some La Liga highlights to add to their European ones at the Wanda Metropolitano.

As they appear to be shaking off their travel sickness, so they are seeing players grow in stature.

Jan Oblak has been arguably the top goalkeeper in the world for the past 18 months or so and recently kept his 100th clean sheet in the Spanish top flight.

In a defence which had to be rebuilt last summer following key departures, Stefan Savic has stepped up to the mark and emerged as a key and commanding figure at the heart of their backline.

Further forward, and there are signs of a partnership between Diego Costa and utility man Fernando Llorente is flourishing.

No wonder they are currently enjoying an 11-match unbeaten run.

By contrast, Alaves are leaking goals left, right, and centre since the restart, including a mauling at Celta Vigo which was even more surprising as it came just after they had defeated Champions League chasing Real Sociedad.

On the road, they last tasted victory in January at fellow mid-table side Levante.

And with little to play for this term, they are virtually safe from the drop and too far adrift to challenge for a European spot. They may just wish for the season to hurry to a conclusion.

Alaves are currently sitting on the 13th spot on La Liga table

Ximo Navarro in action playing for Deportivo Alaves

The fact Alaves appear to have taken their foot off the gas makes me wonder if this could be another one-sided encounter.

The SBOBET betting odds suggest the same.

Fans at the Wanda Metropolitano have witnessed just one loss all season, that being a late 1-0 defeat to Barcelona in December.

They also know if their side win all their remaining matches, they will be in the Champions League next term.

That level of control of their own destiny is a vast improvement on their situation a month ago and this is why I can’t see anything other than another home win.

History

It was in May 2003 when Alaves last defeated Atletico when Adrian Ilie scored the only goal of the contest at Vicente Calderon.

Alaves were relegated at the end of that season.

Since then, they have met nine times as Alaves have bounced between the divisions, drawing four times with Atletico winning the other five.

That included earlier this season in October when a late Lucas Perez strike earned them a point after Alvaro Morata had put Atletico ahead.

In this fixture last season, Atletico ran as the 3-0 winners, courtesy of goals from Nikola Kalinić, Antoine Griezmann, and Rodri.

Overall, in all competitions, they sides have met 23 times. Atletico have won 13 times and there have been five draws and five Alaves’ successes.

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Atletico Madrid vs Alaves Over 2.50 @ 2.17
June 27, 04:00 (GMT+8)

You can tip Atletico 1X2 @ 1.37 or with Asian Handicap betting -1.50 @ 2.20.

Alaves could give you a nice payday but can you really see 1X2 @ 8.75 or Asian Handicap +1.25 @ 1.99 becoming a reality?

If the visitors are to get something, how about 1X2 draw @ 4.50 or Double Chances Alaves or Draw @ 2.95.

A repeat of the scoreline from last season – correct score 3-0 – is available @ 8.50.

Whichever way you look, I do expect Atletico to make it 13 points from 15 since the restart with a home success.

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La Liga: Can Barca Finally Break Their Celta Curse?

Celta Vigo vs Barcelona

The race for the La Liga title remains as tight as ever. Real Madrid responded to Barcelona’s narrow 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao with a 2-0 win over Mallorca to nudge back ahead thanks to head-to-head record.

Barca will now get the chance to reclaim the lead over Real as they pay a visit to 16th-placed Celta Vigo. However, that will be much easier said than done.

Celta have been the Catalans’ bogey team in recent years, especially at the Balaidos, and would love nothing more than to put a dent in Barca’s title dreams.

Talking Points

Celta coming good of late

Celta Vigo were in poor form upon returning from the break in play. They suffered a heartbreaking home defeat to Villarreal, who scored in stoppage time to steal the win. They then drew away to a mediocre Real Valladolid side.

Including their last two matches before the break, Celta have now failed to score in their last four games. As a result, they remained in danger of getting relegated from La Liga.

However, they put an end to that goal drought in remarkable fashion as they thumped Alaves 6-0. Granted, they were aided by an early Alaves red card.

But then, they followed that up with a huge 1-0 win over a struggling Real Sociedad at San Sebastian to push themselves seven points clear of the relegation zone.

Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas should be full of confidence heading into this match after finding the net in consecutive matches, although both goals came from the penalty spot. The 32-year-old is having another fine season for Celta with 11 league goals.

Aspas has made a habit of scoring against Barcelona at the Balaidos over the past few years. He’s scored five goals in his last five home games against Barca.

Meanwhile, former Barcelona players Denis Suarez and Rafinha have also restarted the season well and will be eager to get back at their old club. Suarez supplied two assists in the 6-0 win over Alaves, while Rafinha scored two goals.

Barca still reliant on Messi

Barcelona have played their first four games since the restart in a similar fashion to how they’ve performed for most of the season. That is, highly reliant on Lionel Messi.

Messi has had a direct hand in five of their seven goals, with two goals and three assists. He scored one and set up two of their four goals in their first game back against Mallorca. He also somewhat unintentionally set up Ivan Rakitic’s winning goal against Athletic Bilbao.

But despite Messi’s brilliance and the return of both Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba, Barca have still not looked all that convincing going forward, especially in their last three games.

They could only muster 10 shots against relegation-threatened Leganes. They also failed to break down a tough Sevilla side en route to a goalless draw and had just four shots on target out of 18 against Bilbao.

Manager Quique Setien has been unable to fix Barca’s Messi-centric attack. But on a positive note, his heavy possession-based system has helped Barca keep four consecutive clean sheets.

However, it remains to be seen whether that improved defensive record will hold up away to Celta. Prior to the break in play, Barca’s La Liga 2020 results away from home were awful. They won just one of their last five away from the Camp Nou (two draws, two losses) and conceded two goals in each of those five games.

History

Just like most other teams in La Liga, Barcelona have had the better of their matchups against Celta Vigo through the years. They hold an 11-4 advantage in terms of wins, with three draws in their last 18 league meetings.

Messi scored a hat-trick to lead Barca to a 4-1 win over Celta at the Camp Nou in their first meeting this season.

However, Celta Vigo have become a constant thorn in Barca’s side for the past few years at home, so much so that they’ve gone unbeaten against the Catalans in their last four league meetings at the Balaidos (three wins, one draw).

They’ve scored at least two goals in each of those last four home games against Barca, which include a famous 4-1 win in 2015 and a 4-3 thriller in 2016.

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Celta Vigo vs Barcelona Celta Vigo Asian Handicap +1.00 @ 1.78
June 27, 23:00 (GMT+8)

Despite the fact that Barcelona haven’t won at Balaidos in five years, the SBOBET odds still have them as overwhelming 1.66 favourites on the 1X2 market, with Celta priced at 4.90 to pick up another home win. A draw is 3.80.

There’s a lot to like about Celta, especially on the Asian Handicap market. Aside from the fact that they have some terrific recent history at home against Barca, they are catching the Catalans at a time where they are far from their best, particularly away from home.

Of course, the threat of Messi winning the game all by himself is a real one, but I’m confident an in-form Celta side can still cause Barca some problems. At the very least, they can hold Barca to a draw, which would be a big blow to the champions’ La Liga 2020 odds to retain their title.

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La Liga: Villarreal and Valencia Jostle For Table Position

Villarreal vs Valencia

Villarreal will look to sustain their form as they host Valencia in their next La Liga match at the Estadio de la Ceramica this upcoming Sunday.

The Yellow Submarine are coming off of a draw against Sevilla three days ago. It was a match to where they would’ve got the job done, but Sergio Escudero and Munir El Haddadi led the charge for Sevilla.

Nonetheless, Javier Calleja’s men are more than happy to grab one point and getting more from their next matches will be their main objective in order for them to have a puncher’s chance of maybe grabbing an Europa League spot.

Villarreal are currently placed sixth at the table with 48 points – trailing only by one point against the fifth-seeded Getafe squad. Below them are Real Sociedad and Valencia who have 47 and 46 points respectively.

As for Valencia, they are coming off of a tough loss against Eibar last night which put a dent to their Europa League hopes.

Ever since La Liga’s restart, Albert Celades’ side have had a mixed bag of La Liga 2020 results with one win, two losses, and a draw in their first four matches and they would be keen on improving their form.

With Europa League spots up for grabs as the season winds down here in La Liga, who will make it there in the end?

For now, allow SBOBET to preview this anticipated match between Villarreal and Valencia.

Talking Points

Can Villarreal maintain their pristine record?

Javier Calleja’s men have been on a roll after a miserable stretch prior to the coronavirus-enforced break – winning three straight before being held to a draw against Sevilla at home last Tuesday.

While they won against the likes of Celta Vigo, RCD Mallorca, and Granada, those results are already expected given their lead at the table compared to the said teams.

They were tested at home last Tuesday versus Sevilla, but their overall performance against a top-tier team was quite encouraging.

Villarreal’s retooled roster benefited a lot from Paco Alcacer’s performance, who had a hand in two of their goals that evening. The former Borussia Dortmund striker has shown that he can do other things rather than just score.

His addition is considered a boon for Javier Calleja, who has been searching for additional firepower since the transfer window. Alcacer’s arrival will surely ease the load off the shoulders of their leading scorers in Gerard Moreno and Santi Cazorla – who have accounted for 20 goals and 10 assists so far this term.

Bruno Soriano’s appearance last Tuesday also provided Villarreal fans some good vibes given that it was his first game back for the club in over three seasons.

But now that their attack is in good shape, the Yellow Submarine would have to address their backline as they’ve given up 40 goals already from their opponents.

They have an interesting mix at the back that could make a difference for Villarreal. They have the young and lanky Pau Torres at centre-back along with former Napoli defender Raul Albiol and they have Mario and Alberto Romero on opposite flanks too.

For them to continue their unbeaten run, their defence would need to click at the right time. And it is likely that they will do so against Valencia this weekend.

Valencia need to keep their defence in check

Prior to the mandated break, Valencia were eliminated in the Champions League after being crushed by Atalanta in two separate occasions – giving up four goals each in those matches.

And fast forward to today, Albert Celades’ men have given up seven goals already in their first four matches in the league.

Valencia are only 2 points behind Villarreal in La Liga

Albert Celades attempts to improve their rank as they take on Villarreal this weekend

Two of those La Liga games were an embarrassment to say the least. Against Real Madrid and Eibar, their lineup was reduced to 10 men because they were given a couple of red cards.

Like Villarreal, Valencia would need to work on their defence since they are the third worst in La Liga – conceding 44 goals so far.

Their attack has been underwhelming as well as none from their team has yet to reach double digits in goals this season.

Maxi Gomez and Daniel Parejo lead the way in that regard with nine each along with eight assists. However, they will be needing help from others in order to give themselves a chance in the intensifying Europa League race.

History

Villarreal and Valencia have faced off in 45 matches already, with Villarreal winning in 16 while Valencia won in 19 along with 10 draws.

Prior to this match, Valencia have won four straight fixtures versus Villarreal.

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June 28, 23:00 (GMT+8)

A quick look at the La Liga 2020 odds point to a win in favour of the home team. Villarreal are priced at 2.29 while Valencia are priced at 3.15 in the 1×2 market.

Despite history favouring the side of Albert Celades’ men, their overall form has been lacklustre in these past few games.

And with Villarreal having a more potent attack, I would have to give them the advantage for this one.

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La Liga: Los Blancos Could Tighten Their Grip On Their Lead Over Barcelona!

Espanyol vs Real Madrid

Real Madrid head to Catalonia on Sunday night hoping to strengthen their hold on the La Liga top spot when they face bottom club Espanyol.

Espanyol vs Real Madrid is the final match of the weekend and it’s a huge game for both.

The hosts are rooted at the bottom of the table, eight points from safety and they are drinking in the last chance saloon.

Surely another defeat would make their task too big to overcome and the latest Espanyol vs Real Madrid betting odds don’t hold out much hope, offering 1.45 on a defeat for Aberlado’s men.

The visitors will be ruthless in their pursuit of another win and they have the momentum and a real chance to wrestle the title from the Catalonians. So Espanyol must fight like tigers if they are to stay alive.

Talking Points

Hazard makes the difference for Los Blancos

The return to fitness of 2019 marquee signing Eden Hazard has added that extra piece of quality Zinedine Zidane was looking for, to turn his title chasers to real contenders.

His poise and vision in an advanced midfield position allows the players around him to express themselves and he is capable of winning a match on his own as any Chelsea fan would testify.

Los Blancos have looked imperious in picking up four wins since the return and the arrival of Hazard has taken some of the heat off Real’s senior players.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has scored 8 goals in La Liga this season

Sergio Ramos celebrates after scoring a free-kick goal against Mallorca

Not that captain Sergio Ramos ever worries about the pressure his role brings. As a centre back he’s the club’s second top scorer and in Real’s toughest assignment so far, Ramos led his side to a 1-2 victory away to Europe chasing Real Sociedad after scoring a penalty which took his total to eight for the season while top scorer Karim Benzema bagged his 17th.

Zidane’s side has hit top form at exactly the right time and reigning champions

Barcelona have been feeling the heat, knowing that only wins will do after they drew a blank in a goalless draw away to Sevilla.

If the two giants of Spanish football are neck-and-neck at the end of the season then the title is Real Madrid’s courtesy of a winning head-to-head position.

Returning Raul is Espanyol’s last chance

Aberlado has a huge task on to lift his players up for this clash.

They won four points from their first two games after the restart beating Alaves and earning an impressive point away to Getafe, but lost out to Levante in a disappointing 1-3 reversal and then wilted in a 1-0 defeat to Real Betis.

With the worst points tally and the worst goal difference in the league, things are looking grim for Espanyol.

But there is a bright light on the horizon which gives them a little hope since they will be lifted by the return of star striker Raul de Tomas, who has recovered from his knee injury and will hope to add to the four goals he scored in seven games since his move from Benfica in the winter transfer window.

He’s a product of the Real Madrid academy and is the one player who could give Ramos something to think about.

History

The head to heads are worryingly one sided for the hosts.

Real have won 39 of the 53 games, played since 1994, with six draws and eight wins for Espanyol.

Though Espanyol had a 1-0 win at the RCDE Stadium back in 2018, and that would be just the job for the bottom club right now!

Betting Tip

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Espanyol vs Real Madrid Total Goals 2-3 @ 2.04
June 29, 04:00 (GMT+8)

Well, Los Blancos are at 1.45 to win here at SBOBET, with the draw at 4.60 and Espanyol at 6.20.

Zinedine Zidane’s side has restarted in phenomenal form, winning all four and scoring ten goals while conceding two.

They will be without the suspended Luka Modric, but the Madrid giants have a wealth of talent to draw on unlike their hosts.

ZZ might take the opportunity to rest one or two of his key players with a big match against Getafe to come next week.

But I can’t see anything other than an away win, though the margin is less clear, if Espanyol put up a good fight then 0-2 or 1-2 looks likely.

In the meantime, enjoy the weekend’s football and we’ll be back here on Sunday night with all the best Espanyol vs Real Madrid highlights.

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Casemiro Strikes to Send Real Top of La Liga

Espanyol 0-1 Real Madrid

Real Madrid toiled tonight, but a priceless victory over bottom club Espanyol has sent Los Blancos two points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

An outrageous piece of skill by Karim Benzema teed up the only goal of the game for Casemiro, which put Zinedine Zidane’s team in a great position to win the 2020 Spanish title.

The news from yesterday that Barcelona had dropped two points away to Celta Vigo didn’t change the emphasis on this game, but it did present a chance for Los Blancos to tighten their grip on the 2020 La Liga title race. Meanwhile, Iago Aspas’ late equaliser for Celta against Barca was another blow to the survival hopes of Espanyol.

Real’s head coach will have hoped his in-form side would deal with the bottom club ruthlessly, but the hosts fought hard and with no little skill, and ZZ will be delighted to come away with another crucial three points.

There’s still a way to go SBOBET fans, with twists and turns to come, but as of right now, Los Blancos are in control.

Highlights of the game

Due to Karim Benzema's assist, Real Madrid take a two-point lead over Barcelona in La Liga

Karim Benzema reacts during Real Madrid’s recent La Liga clash against Espanyol

Espanyol fans must have been very happy with what they saw in opening half hour. The bottom club looked comfortable and offered as much attacking intent as the league chasers, and they had a great chance in the opening minutes.

Wu Lei sprinted past Real full-back Marcelo and pulled a brilliant ball back into the danger area to Sergi Darder, who hit a sweet shot which Raphael Varane did ever so well to block and clear.

The hosts’ keeper, Diego Lopez, showed his worth too when Casemiro tried a spectacular shot from way out which the Espanyol stopper clawed back off the line.

Casemiro had another chance minutes later when Varane flicked on a cross from Toni Kroos, but he fired over with the goal gaping.

The Barca supporters in Spain and around the world will have been watching the La Liga 2020 updates with a serious interest, and some optimism, when Raul de Tomas’ flick on was collected by Darder and passed on to Wu Lei who got an early shot away, but it flew over the bar.

Los Blancos knew they were in a game and moved up a gear. Kroos swung a cross in which Ramos headed firmly, but straight into the hands of Diego Lopez. The tide was turning, though.

And when Los Blancos went ahead seconds before the break it was a work of art. Karim Benzema found space on the right side of the penalty area, took the ball in his stride, and sent a simply sublime backheel across the six-yard box for Casemiro to slam it into the net.

Espanyol desperately needed something, and they had another great chance early in the second half. Victor Lopez broke down the right wing before squaring to Wu Lei, but he shot straight at Thibaut Courtois.

At the other end, Benzema hooked a shot which Lopez stretched to tip over, but Espanyol plugged away. de Tomas tested Courtois with a long-range dead ball kick but the Belgian keeper was equal to it.

The Espanyol top scorer was a constant threat as the underdogs desperately tried to salvage something. Courtois had to race off his line to clear when de Tomas was lurking.

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Key statistics

The La Liga 2020 betting odds had Los Blancos at 1.45 to win and they dominated possession, but they won the shots on target count by a narrow margin of six to five.

Real Madrid have now won 40 of the 54 head-to-head games against Espanyol since 1994, but the biggest stat of all is clear enough on the latest La Liga table. Real Madrid are now two points clear at the top of the table with six games to play.

Zinedine Zidane’s side has restarted in phenomenal form, winning all five games, while Karim Benzema, Los Blancos’s top striker, made his 117th assist today for Real in all competitions.

What’s next?

Next up, Real Madrid have a big match against Getafe, and if they can successfully navigate that game then they will be a big step closer to winning a dramatic La Liga.

Before the resumption, we took a look a look at the potential winners and losers in La Liga and didn’t hold out much hope for Espanyol in their relegation battle. With matches against Real Sociedad and Barcelona to come in the next three games, they need a miracle.

And sadly, if they don’t make the great escape, they’ll struggle to keep hold of Raul de Tomas. But tonight they fought hard, and they are not dead yet.

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La Liga: Barca Face Must-Win Match Against Atleti

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid

Barcelona’s hopes of defending their La Liga title hang delicately in the balance. They are now two points behind rivals Real Madrid in the standings after a draw at Celta Vigo and can’t afford to drop more points moving forward.

However, they must now face perhaps their toughest test left this season as they take on a red-hot Atletico Madrid side.

Atleti have been in brilliant form since returning to action, which has seen them jump back up to third in the table. They can now do their fierce rivals Real a huge favour by dealing another huge blow to Barca’s La Liga 2020 odds of winning the title.

Talking Points

Barca still brilliant at home

Barcelona were unable to break their Balaidos curse as they could only draw 2-2 with Celta Vigo over the weekend. They looked set to win away to Celta for the first time since 2015 after Luis Suarez bagged a brace, but Iago Aspas once again haunted the Catalans by scoring a late equaliser two minutes from time.

Barca significantly outshot Celta, 18-10, but Suarez’s two goals were the only shots they had on target. 

Lionel Messi, who is one goal away from reaching 700 in his career, was surprisingly off as all seven of his shot attempts missed the target. Although, he still set up both of Suarez’s goals as he topped 250 career assists.

But Messi will still like his chances of scoring goal no. 700 at the Camp Nou. He has scored 17 of his league-leading 21 goals this season at home.

Thanks in large part to Messi’s brilliance, Barca have once again been unbeatable at home this season. They’ve won 15 of 16 matches at the Camp Nou, with the one game the failed to win a goalless draw against Real Madrid in El Clasico.

They’ve also been quite impressive at the back; they’ve kept a clean sheet in four consecutive home matches.

Atleti in amazing form

Atletico Madrid have been right behind rivals Real as the team with the best La Liga 2020 results since the season restarted. They began with a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao but have since reeled off four wins on the bounce.

Going back to before the pause in play, Atleti have now gone unbeaten in 12 matches unbeaten in all competitions (eight wins, four draws). That includes their famous round-of-16 triumph over holders Liverpool in the Champions League.

Granted, their opponents post-restart — Osasuna, Real Valladolid, Levante, and Alaves — are all in the bottom half of the table. Still, it’s a marked improvement from what Atleti were doing earlier in the season, which was drawing against teams they should be beating.

Diego Costa’s return to form has played a significant role in Atleti’s recent resurgence. The 31-year-old striker has two goals and two assists in his last five games; he had the same amount in his previous 13 league appearances.

Diego Costa manages to score in their recent La Liga match against Alaves

Diego Costa celebrates after scoring against Alaves

They have also gotten contributions from Joao Felix and Marcos Llorente, who was the unexpected hero of Atleti’s Champions League triumph over Liverpool at Anfield.

But this is still a Diego Simeone side, which means that defence remains their bread and butter. Atleti have conceded just twice in their five games since the restart.
However, it should be noted that Atleti’s away form this season has not been all that impressive. Before they won over Osasuna and Levante after the restart, they had won just three of 14 away matches (eight draws, three losses) and had gone winless in their last five (two losses, three draws).

History

Barcelona have absolutely dominated Atletico over the years. It’s now been a decade since Atleti have beaten Barca in the league. Barca have gone on to win 14 of their last 19 meetings, with five draws. Although, Atleti did beat Barca in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final 3-2 earlier this year.

Lionel Messi scored in that 3-2 loss, as well as the only goal in Barca’s 1-0 win over Atelti at the Wanda Metropolitano back in December.

Messi has been the main reason why Barca have had so much success against Atletico Madrid over the years. He’s scored an astonishing 25 goals in 27 career La Liga matches against Atleti, and 31 goals in 40 matches overall.

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Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Under 2.50 @ 1.80
July 01, 04:00 (GMT+8)

SBOBET odds peg Barcelona as 1.90 favourites to continue their winning ways at the Camp Nou, with Atletico priced at 3.95 to end that unbeaten run. Meanwhile, a draw is 3.45.

This is a tough match to call. Despite Messi and Barca’s dominance over Atletico over the years, they just haven’t been all that convincing this season. They have had a particularly hard time breaking down capable defences, so Atleti have a decent chance of keeping this match to a draw.

On the other hand, though, it’s never easy to bet against Messi, who can still produce a moment of magic, especially at the Camp Nou.

That’s why I’m going with under 2.5 goals as this match will likely be a tight and cagey affair. Each of the last five La Liga meetings between Barca and Atleti have had just two goals or fewer.

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La Liga: Getafe Dream Again as Real Aim to Make It Six in a Row

Real Madrid vs Getafe

They’ve already significantly damaged the hopes of a fellow European chasing rival, thanks to a Jaime Mata double.

Now they go in search of a Champions League spot of their own and need to damage the La Liga hopes of the league leaders to progress.

Standing in the way of Getafe, however, is the mighty Real Madrid and, on current form, few would back against them.

Talking Points

Since returning to football, Real have avoided any errors and have managed to pick up maximum points (15) from their first five games back and regain top spot in the process.

In contrast, previous leaders and reigning champions Barcelona have dropped points twice – albeit in tough away assignments – meaning Real do not need to win all of their remaining games to be champions.

However, Zinedine Zidane’s team do not seem in the mood to take their foot off the gas and have equalled their best winning streak this season with five consecutive wins.

In the words of their matchwinner against Espanyol last weekend, Casemiro, it’s a case of taking it game by game.

If the focus has been on the Brazilian, considered an unsung hero, over the last few days, then over much of the season it has been on last summer’s star signing Eden Hazard and frontman Karim Benzema.

Hazard hasn’t played much but an interesting statistic to emerge this week was that in 14 matches to date, accumulating 1,008 minutes, the Belgian has been on the receiving end of 44 fouls – an average of a foul once every 23 minutes.

That could explain why his club feels he is being unfairly targeted by the opposition.

One man who has hardly taken any plaudits, though, is a former Chelsea team-mate in Thibaut Courtois.

Indeed, it has gone largely unnoticed that Courtois took his tally of clean sheets to 15 in 29 La Liga games at the weekend – figures which put him in the top five across Europe’s top leagues.

Currently, he is tied with Bayern Munich shot-stopper Manuel Neuer, but the Bundesliga is now over and Courtois has six games left to improve his own record.

Any title-winning side needs a spine and in Courtois, Real Madrid are now seeing why they invested so heavily in the goalkeeper nearly two years ago.

Zidane thinks the destination of the title will go down to the final weekend of the season and certainly the French manager will not take this encounter for granted – especially as for the second season in a row Getafe have defied the doubters and delivered another super campaign.

Of course, the Basque club could never match Real’s financial power but the fact Jose Bordalas’ side has managed to stay in the top six yet again is impressive indeed.

Assembled for a fraction of the cost, it is also worth noting that the club’s success continues on minimal gate receipts –its Coliseum, Alfonso Perez stadium has a capacity of just 17,000 and rarely draws crowds of more than 12,000.

If Getafe, already in the last 16 of this season’s Europa League, reach the Champions League they will be my team of the season.

La Liga: Getafe are aiming to qualify for Europe

Getafe striker Jaime Mata celebrates after scoring against Real Sociedad

If they do not, they will still have enjoyed a fine campaign.

One thing I am certain about though is that this contest will be a lot more entertaining than the last meeting between the sides I watched just over 14 months ago.

An end-of-season goalless draw which produced few La Liga highlights.

History

In 29 meetings between the sides, Getafe have tasted defeat on 21 occasions with a further three draws.

Of their five victories, the most recent was in August 2012 when Gonzalo Higuain fired Real in front before Valera and Abdelaziz Barrada turned the match around and caused a shock.

The last time and indeed the only time Getafe have won on Real turf was in February 2008 when Ikechukwu Uche netted the only goal in another major shock.

The only surviving Real player from that day is the now Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.

The managers that day were Bernd Schuster (Madrid) and Michael Laudrup (Getafe).

This corresponding fixture last season saw Real triumph 2-0, thanks to goals from Dani Carvajal and Gareth Bale.

Earlier this season, at the turn of the year, Madrid were 3-0 winners at Getafe with Raphael Varane and Luka Modric adding to a first-half own goal.

Betting Tip

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Real Madrid vs Getafe Real Madrid First Half Asian Handicap -0.75 @ 2.38
July 03, 04:00 (GMT+8)

For all of Getafe’s heroics, this really is a clash of David and Goliath when you compare the respective resources and you cannot bet against a Real win – and the SBOBET La Liga betting odds reflect that.

1X2 Real @ 1.39, 1X2 Getafe @ 7.80 is proof of that with the draw out @ 4.80.

A repeat of the encounter last season – correct score 2-0 – is available to back @ 6.00.

My expectation is for Real to lead and ultimately win, from the outset.

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La Liga: Atletico Dent Barcelona’s Title Hopes Despite Messi Milestone

Barcelona 2-2 Atletico Madrid

Barcelona’s La Liga title hopes have taken another significant hit as they were held to a second successive 2-2 draw, this time at home to Atletico Madrid.

Lionel Messi had scored his milestone 700th goal to put the home side ahead a second time, but Saul Niguez equalised twice through the penalty spot to hand Atleti a share of the spoils. Barca are one point behind rivals Real Madrid, who still have a game in hand.

It’s been a truly disastrous last few days for Barca, who are a club in crisis. The team reportedly had a bust-up with manager Quique Setien after the Celta draw, which was then followed by the controversial sale of midfielder Arthur to Juventus to help ease their financial woes.

These are dark days at the Camp Nou, and there appears to be no end in sight.

Highlights of the game

There was some big La Liga 2020 news just before the match as Setien opted to start Riqui Puig in midfield, with the Juventus-bound Arthur on the bench. And the 20-year-old almost made an immediate impact.

Puig’s broke from midfield with a burst of pace and set up Luis Suarez for the first chance of the match after just over a minute. Unfortunately, the Uruguayan’s first-time effort was tame and straight at Jan Oblak.

Atleti almost opened the scoring on six minutes. Yannick Carrasco whipped in a beautiful free-kick across the face of the goal, but neither Jose Gimenez nor Diego Costa could get a decisive touch.

Costa would eventually find the back of the net on 11 minutes — but on the wrong end. Messi’s dangerous corner came to Costa, who diverted the ball past Oblak for an own-goal.

Costa’s nightmare match would get even worse just a few minutes later. Atletico were awarded a penalty after Arturo Vidal brought down Carrasco inside the penalty area. Costa stepped up to take the penalty, which was then saved by Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.

But Costa and Atleti were handed a huge lifeline as Ter Stegen was adjudged to have left his line early, which meant the penalty had to be re-taken. This time, Saul took over from Costa and duly slotted home Atletico’s equaliser.

Messi, who was searching for his milestone 700th goal, almost got it on 22 minutes, but his magnificent curling effort went just inches from hitting the top corner.

He once again came close just before half-time when his free-kick took a big deflection. The wrong-footed Oblak was able to recover in time to palm the ball over the bar, though.

But as noted in SBOBET’s preview of this match, Messi has an amazing scoring record against Atletico, and his goal would come just five minutes after the break. Nelson Semedo was brought down by Felipe just inside the box, which gave Barca a penalty.

There was only one man who was going to step up to take the kick. Messi finally scored his 700th goal in style with a ‘Panenka’ penalty to put Barca back ahead.

Atletico Madrid damage hopeful Barcelona’s chances of claiming their La Liga title this season

Lionel Messi scores Barcelona’s second goal from the penalty spot against Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou

However, there was to be one last twist to this game as Atletico were awarded another penalty just after the hour mark. Carrasco once again went down after minimal contact from Semedo.

Again, Saul took responsibility for the spot-kick, which just squeezed in despite Ter Stegen getting his hands on the ball.

Messi was unable to conjure up any more magic in the last half-hour as Atleti would hold on for a hard-fought draw.

Key statistics

Barcelona have made a habit of controlling over 70 per cent of possession under Quique Setien, and they once again reached that mark against Atleti.

But again, they weren’t able to do much with the ball. They just barely edge out the visitors in terms of both total shots (12-10) and shots on target (5-3).

Messi, who had half of Barca’s shots and set up some others, improved upon his incredible scoring record against Atleti. He has now scored 32 of his 700 career goals in 41 matches against them.

Meanwhile, Barca extended their unbeaten run over Atleti in the league to 20 matches (14 wins, six draws).

What’s next?

Barcelona’s La Liga 2020 odds of winning the title have gotten significantly worse after three draws in their last four matches. And any hope they might still have could be all but gone if Real beat Getafe with their game in hand and they fail to be an in-form Villarreal at El Madrigal on the weekend.

As for Atletico, they will look to extend their unbeaten run in the league to 11 matches when they face relegation scrappers Mallorca.

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La Liga: Pantomime Villain Delivers Party Pieces Yet Again

Real Madrid 1 – 0 Getafe

It was starting to get desperate at the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano, scrappy and desperate.

So scrappy and desperate, in fact, that there had been eight bookings (four on each side) and time was running out for Real Madrid to inflict a potentially killer blow in the La Liga title race.

That is until everyone’s favourite pantomime villain stepped forward to have the final say – not for the first time.

Highlights of the game

Just an hour earlier, Sergio Ramos had been at his irritating worst: picking up a yellow card for committing a foul and trying to con the ref.

After shoving Jaime Mata, the Real skipper pretended his opponent had hit him in the face and went down clutching his head.

It was textbook Ramos and yet another reason why opposition fans can’t stand him.

However, with 12 minutes remaining there he was again, converting the moment that mattered to win the game against a Getafe side who deserved better.

Real’s lead at the top may only be four points, but who would bet against Ramos lifting the La Liga trophy in just over a fortnight’s time?

That was a position Zinedine Zidane and his players would have dreamt of only a few weeks ago.

With Barcelona being held to another draw at home by Real’s city rivals, Atletico Madrid, on Tuesday night, Los Blancos are now title favourites.

By the time the final whistle had sounded, the booking tally had risen to 10 but Ramos and his team-mates will not care one jot.

Sergio Ramos has been excellent in his La Liga stint with Real Madrid

Sergio Ramos celebrates as he scores the game-winning penalty

They are five games (and possibly less) from glory.

Before kick-off, Eden Hazard was the notable absentee from Zidane’s squad as the Belgian continues to ease back to full fitness after ankle surgery.

There was a home boost, however, as Lucas Vazquez and Luka Jovic both made the bench (ultimately they were unused substitutes) as they recovered from injury.

The match started with drama of an unexpected kind as Getafe’s David Timor fouled Isco after just 12 seconds to pick up the first caution.

It set the tone for a stop-start first half which also saw Raphael Varane leave the field with an injury sustained when blocking a powerful corner with his face.

Real, bidding to make it six wins in a row, initially threatened early on through Karim Benzema but it was Getafe who matched them all the way and a Mathías Olivera header, as well as efforts from Xabier Etxeita and Mata, tested Thibaut Courtois.

Getafe had never beaten a major player under Jose Bordalas, but the wonders he has done in charge of the club make that statistic irrelevant.

The coach arrived at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez with the team fighting against relegation to Spain’s third tier.

Within the space of a season, they were back in the top flight via a promotion play-off before surprising everyone to finish in the top half of the table.

If that wasn’t enough, Bordalas’ side then qualified for the Europa League last term – a historic achievement for the club.

In that competition this season, they’ve already dumped out Ajax and are aiming to do the same to Inter Milan when the action resumes next month.

There is nothing lucky about their progress either as this game showed.

Into the second half, La Liga highlights remained few but, with each passing minute, Getafe looked like they would comfortably hold on for a point.

Then came the moment which may ultimately be the one that proves pivotal and ensured the pre-match SBOBET La Liga betting odds were justified.

Dani Carvajal was caught by a stray leg from Mathías Olivera inside the box and Ramos did the rest.

The crucial moment in the title race?

Key statistics

Timor’s yellow card after 12 seconds is the fastest La Liga booking since at least 2005-06, according to statisticians Opta.

Ramos has scored his last 21 penalties for Real and Spain. He has also netted in four of his last six games for Real, including two penalties.

This was his 98th goal in his 450th game for the club.

What’s next?

It’s a quick turnaround for both sides now.

Real, in fact, are back in action as soon as Sunday lunchtime when they travel to Athletic Bilbao in La Liga.

Getafe travel to midtable Osasuna later that evening.

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La Liga: Yellow Submarine Could Sink Barca’s Title Challenge

Villarreal vs Barcelona

Barcelona will be aiming to keep their La Liga 2020 hopes alive when they visit in-form Villarreal on Sunday night, but they’ll meet a team full of confidence.

While the Blaugrana’s title bid has stuttered, five wins since the restart have launched Villarreal into the top six and that’s hardly the kind of opponent Barca needs right now.

There are reports of an unsettled atmosphere at the Camp Nou after three draws in four games for the champions have swung the La Liga 2020 betting odds firmly in Los Blancos’ favour.

Real Madrid have been relentless in the pursuit of the league title. Zinedine Zidane’s side beat Champions League chasing Getafe on Thursday and could have a seven point lead over Barca by the time this game in Castellon kicks off.

To put it simply, if the Blaugrana comes away from the Estadio de la Ceramica with fewer than three points then they can probably kiss the title goodbye.

Talking Points

Barca’s title slipping away

It may seem a little early to predict the title outcome but the signs are not good in Catalonia.

Lacklustre performances against Sevilla and Celta Vigo yielded just two points and then a home draw with Atletico Madrid put another dent in Barca’s title hopes.

Lionel Messi scored his 700th career goal but Barca were twice pegged back by Saul Niguez penalties and Messi seemed unhappy with some of the instructions coming from the bench.

Head coach Quique Setien is a man under serious pressure. He was a surprise appointment midway through the season and while Barcelona are unbeaten in seven games, draws are not enough.

The boss has had another blow with the news that midfield ace Frenkie de Jong is out injured and expected to miss out against Villarreal as he continues to suffer from a calf strain. He could be back for the derby against Espanyol, but by then it could all be too late.

Yellow Submarine rising to the surface

Five wins and a draw since early June have turned Villarreal’s season around. This time last year, the Yellow Submarine was struggling in 14th place with 36 points and they now sit in sixth place with 54 points.

Head coach Javier Calleja has his team playing with a swagger and they have a serious attacking threat.

Gerard Moreno is La Liga’s third top scorer with 15 goals along with four assists. And he’s banging in form, bagging a brace in Villarreal’s 2-0 victory at Real Betis last week.

In-form Villarreal have won 5 of their 6 La Liga games since the restart

Santi Cazorla heads the ball during their match against Atletico Madrid

Meanwhile, former Arsenal attacking midfielder Santi Cazorla has eight goals and eight assists, and he came off the bench in the victory over Betis and could be due to make a start on Sunday.

And the Yellow Submarine can rely on a solid defensive unit which has kept clean sheets in all of the team’s five wins since the restart.

This is a tough test for Barca!

History

But the Catalans have had the better of their opponents for quite some time.

Of the 43 games played since 1998, Barca have won 25, drawn ten, and lost eight to Villarreal.

In fact, they are unbeaten in their last 23 matches against the Yellow Submarine, winning 17, including five of the last six games.

The exception came here in Castellon when this fixture threw up an avalanche of goals last year in a 4-4 draw as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored injury time goals to rescue the Blaugrana after Villarreal entered added time with a two-goal advantage.

Neutrals would love to see a repeat of that but Setien certainly wouldn’t.

He’d prefer to complete the double over their opponents having beaten them 2-1 at the Camp Nou back in September, when Arthur and Antoine Griezmann both struck inside the opening 15 minutes to put the Blaugrana in charge.

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Villarreal vs Barcelona Total Goals 2-3 @ 2.02
July 6, 04:00 (GMT+8)

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Real Madrid head to Bilbao on Sunday afternoon to face Athletic Club and then we’ll be back on Sunday night with all the action from the Estadio de la Ceramica.

Barca are favourites to get the win they desperately need at odds of 1.74, while the draw is at 3.54 and hosts Villarreal are out at a tempting 4.17.

The double chance of Villarreal or draw is available at odds of 1.95 but Barcelona’s record against the Yellow Submarine will give them confidence.

Their opponents will be hard to break down having kept five clean sheets in the last six and I don’t think we’ll see a goal glut like this time last year.

A win by the odd goal in three is more likely.

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La Liga: Los Blancos Can Already Smell Blood

Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid

Los Blancos are inching closer towards to their first La Liga crown in over three years, and one can argue that it is theirs for the taking – or to lose.

After stringing together a couple of favourable La Liga 2020 results, Real Madrid remain on top of the standings with 74 points, which is four points ahead of their rivals in FC Barcelona.

Zinedine Zidane’s men have been on fire since the league’s restart. They’ve already compiled six successive wins and they are looking as sharp as ever.

But even if they are in good rhythm, Real Madrid can’t afford to take their eyes off the prize considering how dangerous FC Barcelona can be.

“We haven’t won anything yet. Until we are mathematically champions, we have to keep going. Our rivals are going to do everything they can to win in their games,” said team boss Zinedine Zidane during a recent press conference.

So now they will turn their focus on Athletic Bilbao who have been in decent form as of late. The eighth-seeded team in the Spanish top-flight will look to wield the upset axe in order to grab their third straight win and add more points for their campaign.

Without further ado, here is the match preview from SBOBET.

Talking Points

Zinedine Zidane insists that the job is not done yet

Zizou knows a thing or two in terms of winning championships in La Liga. And now that he’s leading Real Madrid this time as their manager, he’s doing all he can for his boys to maintain their hunger for the big trophy.

Ever since they lost to Manchester City in their last Champions League game, Los Blancos won in El Clasico and against Real Betis prior to the coronavirus mandated break.

Their momentum has carried over up to this day to where they’ve won six consecutive matches – with Eibar, Valencia, Real Sociedad, RCD Mallorca, Espanyol, and Getafe as their victims.

Sergio Ramos has been the heart and soul behind Real Madrid’s ascension. Besides being reliable on the defensive end, the team captain has poured in goals when called upon, making him the highest-scoring defender in Spanish top-flight history.

Other heroes have stepped up too for Los Blancos, as the trio of Casemiro, Vinicius Jr., Karim Benzema continue to torch their opponents with their attacking skill and IQ.

As we approach the final stretch of the 2019/20 season, Real Madrid would need to have all hands on deck in order to secure the crown.

Unfortunately for them at least in this match, they would have to do so without Raphael Varane due to a concussion that he sustained in their last fixture.

Varane’s absence will leave a void at the centre-back position, but I expect Eder Militao to fill in nicely for him.

La Liga: Raul Garcia is leading the Athletic frontline in superb fashion

Raul Garcia’s brace gives Athletic Bilbao three important points at Mestalla

Bilbao looking to build off their momentum

Similar to Los Blancos, Los Leones are in good form too – winning two straight after putting up a valiant effort in a defeat against Barcelona last June.

Gaizka Garitano and his men will be keen to maintain their run in order to somehow make a last gasp attempt at a Europa League berth.

As is stands now, they only trail six points behind the fifth-seeded Villarreal squad. So if they can score a couple more wins, not only they will upset Real Madrid, they might overtake others for the said spot.

Raul Garcia is the talisman for Bilbao as he scored three goals in the last two matches. Asier Villalibre, Iker Muniain, and Inaki Williams are quite a class of their own in the attack and they should try to find a way to exploit the absence of Raphael Varane.

Los Leones are uniquely qualified to make things interesting on Sunday as they have the tools to make life uncomfortable for Real Madrid.

History

These two teams have faced each other in 45 matches already.

Real Madrid own the upper hand in the overall head-to-heads with 30 wins while Athletic Bilbao won in eight along with seven draws.

One of the said drawn matches just happened last December when these two were held to a goalless stalemate. Real Madrid’s attack was struggling all night long against a sturdy Bilbao defence at the Bernabeu.

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Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid Real Madrid Asian Handicap -0.75 @ 1.93
July 5, 20:00 (GMT+8)

The La Liga 2020 odds have Real Madrid as the huge favourites in the 1×2 market as they are being priced at 1.71, while Athletic Bilbao are pegged significantly lower at 4.90 and chances for a draw are also low at 3.55.

While it’s easy to bet on Real Madrid for this one, a quick look on their recent performances show that some of their victories aren’t that much convincing – paving a way for a possible upset in favour of the home team.

However, Los Blancos will always remain a class above Los Leones in terms of overall quality and that should determine the difference in this match.

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La Liga: Barca Back to Their Best

Villarreal 1-4 Barcelona

Barcelona climbed to within four points of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga with an impressive performance and a convincing win away to in-form Villarreal.

There were three goals in a breathtaking opening 20 minutes as Barca edged ahead, and then a clever strike from Antoine Griezmann at the stroke of half-time sealed the deal.

Villarreal have been in storming form since the return of La Ligawith five wins since the restart launching them up into the top five, and they are still in the hunt for a European place.

But Barca looked like their old selves tonight, SBOBET fans, and the race for the title is well and truly still on.

Highlights of the game

Gerard Moreno scores Villarreal's lone goal during their La Liga clash against Barcelona

Gerard Moreno nets Villarreal’s first goal against Barcelona at El Madrigal

The Blaugrana have been slow starters since the return of football, but they had a perfect opening to this game with a big hand from Villarreal defender Pau Torres, who turned the ball into his own net when Jordi Alba crossed, aiming for Antoine Griezmann.

But a goal’s a goal and Barca will take anything at the moment. But Villarreal has a red-hot striker in Gerard Moreno and he scored his 16th of the season to level the scores on just 13 minutes.

Paco Alcacer latched onto a long ball and laid it off to Santo Cazorla, who fired a stinging shot which Ter Stegen could only parry and Moreno gleefully smashed home the rebound.

It was a fast and furious start and there was no sign of things slowing down. Barca had

let a lead slip yet again, but, believe it or not they went ahead on 20 minutes, and it was a moment of genius from Luis Suarez.

Messi laid the ball off to the Uruguayan striker, who swerved a beauty into the top corner from just outside the penalty area. It was one for the La Liga 2020 highlights package and a goal to watch again and again.

Alcacer pulled up with an injury and was replaced by Carlos Bacca. The Colombian striker was in the action almost immediately, stretching Ter Stegen with a fierce shot from a tight angle.

But in an end to end game, Barca broke away from the corner, and Arturo Vidal hit a thunderous shot which Sergio Asenjo did well to save.

But the Villarreal keeper was picking the ball out of the net again on the stroke of half-time as Barca scored a stunning third. Suarez found Griezmann who played a clever one-two with Lionel Messi, before lifting the ball over Asenjo and into the net.

The Blaugrana let two leads slip in their recent 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid so this was a huge moment at the perfect time for Setien’s team.

Messi and Griezmann combined well again in the first attack of the second half but Asenjo held on to the Argentine’s shot.

Barca continued to play attacking incisive football as Vidal stung Asenjo’s palms again with a low shot. The Villarreal keeper as helpless again when Sergi Roberto crossed for Messi to slide home what he thought was his 23rd goal of the season. But the Yellow Submarine was reprieved by VAR as Vidal’s foot was inches offside during the buildup.

It was four though, with five minutes remaining, when Alba found Ansu Fati and the 17-year-old cut inside and fired low into the left-hand corner. Messi almost got his goal at the death but his free-kick crashed back off the crossbar.

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This was a great performance from Barcelona and a statement to Real Madrid that the league race is not over just yet. The Blaugrana rained 18 shots down on Asenjo’s goal and 12 on target.

But hey, they expected to win. This is their 24th consecutive game against the Yellow Submarine without defeat, and they have won six of the last seven meetings.

What’s next?

Barca started the game seven points behind Real Madrid after Los Blancos had edged past Athletic Bilbao this afternoon thanks to a late penalty converted by Sergio Ramos. The La Liga 2020 betting odds are backing Zinedine Zidane’s men to wrestle the title from Catalonia, but Barca won’t give it up without a fight.

Setien’s side has three very winnable games coming up. First it’s the Barcelona derby against bottom club Espanyol and then clashes with Real Valladolid and Osasuna.

The Yellow Submarine have been on a wonderful run since the return of action in La Liga and still have a good chance of qualifying for the Europa League, if not a Champions League spot.

They have three huge games coming up over the next ten days, playing rivals Getafe and Real Sociedad before heading to the Santiago Bernabeu to face the league leaders.

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La Liga: Espanyol Heading for a Barca Beating

Barcelona vs Espanyol

All eyes will be on the Camp Nou on Wednesday night for the Catalan Derby, La Liga: Barcelona vs Espanyol, and it’s a huge game for both.

This is another must-win game for the hosts and Quique Setien’s men are unlikely to have any sympathy for their neighbours, who know that anything other than a victory will see them slide down into the Segunda Division.

Barca come into the game on the back of a morale-boosting win over Villarreal while Espanyol had another disappointing defeat to 19th placed Leganes to make it five losses in a row.

The pre-match Barcelona vs Espanyol betting odds point to a home win and that would be the end of Espanyol’s stay in the to flight while keeping the Blaugrana’s slim title hopes alive and kicking.

Talking Points

Have Barca blown it?

Three draws in the last five games have put a huge dent in Barca’s title hopes and the latest odds here at SBOBET have Los Blancos in the driving seat, but it isn’t quite over yet. Zinedine Zidane’s side have won the last six, but increasingly narrowly, with three 1-0 wins. The first of those was a narrow victory over Espanyol and the last two have both been courtesy of late penalties converted by Sergio Ramos.

With tricky games to come against Granada and Villarreal Barca must hope their title rivals slip up twice while ensuring they win their last four, starting on Wednesday.

Antoine’s happy at last

Barca were back to their best in their impressive win at Villarreal on Sunday night and Antoine Griezmann put in one of his best performances in a Barcelona shirt since his switch from Atletico Madrid in 2019. He linked up brilliantly with both Leo Messi and Luis Suarez while scoring a stunning goal himself.

The Frenchman’s demeanour hasn’t always been the cheeriest this season and he may have found the experience of playing alongside two of the best strikers in the world a little daunting. But he certainly looked the part in Castellon.

La Liga: With his current form, Antoine Griezmann is expected to be featured in the Catalan Derby

Antoine Griezmann celebrates with Lionel Messi after scoring a brace for Barcelona against Villarreal

There’s another superstar on the way at the Camp Nou. 17-year-old wonder-kid Ansu Fati was on target again on Sunday, his sixth league goal this season and it was the Blaugrana’s 9,000th goal in all competitions. His proud dad Bori Fati puts a lot of the credit at the feet of Messi and with no wonder as the Barca talisman has contributed 630 of them.

Bori says: “Messi is Ansu’s soccer father; he is the father of every soccer player because there is no other like Messi. If you are next to Messi you have to be very happy and thank God because there is nothing better than that.”

With a Champions League campaign to follow the La Liga season, there’s still plenty of action for all four of Barca’s strikers to look forward to.

Bye Bye Espanyol

The league table doesn’t lie. It’s going to be very difficult for either Leganes or Mallorca to escape the drop, but 11 points from safety with four games to play the writing are on the wall for Espanyol. Defeat to Leganes last week pretty much sealed the deal and as Barcelona haven’t lost in any of their last 42 home matches, Espanyol head coach Francisco Rufete needs a miracle.

Los Periquitos have always been in Barca’s shadow, while they have spent most of their existence in the top flight, Espanyol have never featured in the Champions League. Can they beat Barca? Well it’s 11 against 11 and in Raul de Tomas and Wu Lei the underdogs have lively strikers, though the loss of influential forward Jonathan Calleri, who is suspended, is a blow to their already severely limited hopes.

History

Can we find any reasons for Espanyol to be cheerful? Well, the head to head Barcelona vs Espanyol results won’t help!

The Blaugrana have plundered 42 victories and 15 draws from the 63 games played since 1994 with Espanyol winning only six.

A 2-2 drawback in January, thanks to an 88th minute Wu Lei equaliser which came shortly after Barca midfield ace Frenkie de Jong received his marching orders.

Since their inception into the Spanish football league in 1900, Los Periquitos have spent 80 seasons in the top flight. They aren’t serial trophy winners, bagging just four Copa del Reys and no league titles in their history, but they are part of the furniture.

This could be their swansong, for a while anyway, as they enter the lions’ den without a win in six, and without a victory over Barca in 13 matches.

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Barcelona vs Espanyol Barcelona Asian Handicap -2.00 @ 1.82
July 09, 04:00 (GMT+8)

At odds of 1.16, this looks like a big win for Barca with the draw at 6.76 and Espanyol at odds of 13.50 to pull off the shock of the season.

They beat Villarreal by three and I think they can do that again in the derby.

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La Liga: Barcelona Still in the Hunt, but Espanyol Are Sunk

Barcelona 1-0 Espanyol

Barcelona climbed to within a point of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga with a victory in the Catalan derby, which sends Espanyol down to the Segunda Division.

Tonight’s match was expected to be a one-sided romp to victory but it took until the 56th minute for Luis Suarez to break Espanyol’s resistance.

Barca came into the game on the back of a thumping 1-4 win away to Villarreal and here at SBOBET, we had this game as another big win. The Yellow Submarine have been in superb form and had another impressive victory away to Getafe, while Espanyol have been on a dreadful run.

But Los Periquitos didn’t lay down and had the better of the first half, but a red card for each side early in the second half sparked the game into life and Barcelona took control.

Highlights of the game

Espanyol couldn’t have reasonably expected much of the action tonight but they had their fair share in the first 15 minutes.

Barca keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen was called into action in the 10th minute when Adrian Embarba took a pass from Marc Roca and fired a shot in. It was a good chance but his effort was too close to the goalkeeper.

Roca himself had a shot blocked after good work from Didac Vila but the Blaugrana gradually worked their way into the match.

Antoine Griezmann had one of his best games of the season against the Yellow Submarine and he was in lively mood again tonight. First, he won a free-kick to give Messi a chance, but the maestro’s dead ball kick flew over.

He then teed up the third member of the attacking trio, but Luis Suarez’ shot from the left side of the box was blocked. Barca probed, but their movement was all too often ponderous and the Espanyol defence stood firm for much of the first half.

And the bottom club came desperately close to taking the lead when Clement Lenglet almost turned a cross into his own net, but Ter Stegen managed to make the save. And then as the ball fell loose to Didac, he slid his shot past the Barca keeper but it hit the base of the right-hand post and rolled away to safety.

Ansu Fati didn’t get to finish their La Liga match due to his booking

Barcelona’s Ansu Fati has been shown a red card by the referee

Espanyol had been the better side in the first half so Barca head coach Quique Setien responded by bringing 17-year-old Ansu Fati on to join Griezmann, Suarez and Messi in a four-man attack.

But the young sensation was only on the pitch for five minutes. He’s always keen to win the ball but his enthusiasm got the better of him and he flew into Fernando Calero, studs up. The ref handed him a yellow card, but upon seeing the replay on his VAR screen, he turned it into a red.

The youngest player on the pitch was gone, and just two minutes later, the second youngest was gone in exactly the same way.

Espanyol’s 20-year-old Pol Lozano left his foot on Gerard Pique and the ref awarded a yellow card, before heading to the pitchside screen and slipping the yellow back in his pocket to brandish the red. Extraordinary!

But the madness seemed to work to Barca’s advantage. The three remaining strikers combined brilliantly to put the favourites ahead. Griezmann squared for Messi to flick on and Suarez fired the ball into the net.

Then, in the moment of the match, Espanyol keeper Diego Lopez kept his team in the game with an incredible save from an equally stunning volley from Messi; take a look at the La Liga 2020 highlights, it has to be seen to be believed.

Exceptional football.

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The La Liga 2020 betting odds had the hosts as short as 1.16 to win and while it was fairly comfortable in the end, the Blaugrana’s victory wasn’t convincing.

And so it’s farewell to Espanyol, for a while. Since their inception into the Spanish football league in 1900, Los Periquitos have spent 80 seasons in the top flight, but they have only managed to finish higher than Barca three times.

They have good players but they have folded, without a win in seven and on a run of six consecutive defeats.

Meanwhile, Barcelona haven’t lost at home in 43 games…and that’s the difference.

What’s next?

Well, this win keeps Barcelona in the title hunt but Real Madrid are playing Alaves on Friday night and could extend their lead at the top back to four points.

On Saturday the Blaugrana are away to Real Valladolid, a team which was in the relegation mix but has climbed up to mid-table.

Meanwhile, Espanyol head coach Francisco Rufete must now lift his players as they go back home to face Eibar, and that’s a game they could win against a side which has just about done enough to avoid the drop, though mathematically they are still not out of danger.

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La Liga: Real Madrid Ready to Take Another Step Toward Title

Real Madrid vs Alaves

Real Madrid are closing in on the La Liga crown. With just four games left in the season, Los Blancos remain a point ahead of rivals Barcelona, who kept up the pressure after their Catalan derby win over Espanyol.

Zinedine Zidane’s side now has a great opportunity to take another big step toward securing the championship as they host struggling Deportivo Alaves.

Alaves have had a disastrous time since the restart as they’ve yet to pick up a win. And the La Liga 2020 betting odds certainly don’t fancy them pulling off a shock upset against the title favourites.

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Real must cope without their captain

Real Madrid look set to claim their first La Liga title since 2017. Their La Liga 2020 results since the restart have been outstanding, with seven wins out of seven.

They claimed their third straight 1-0 win after beating Athletic Bilbao at San Mames. And for the second game running, their winning goal came courtesy of a late Sergio Ramos penalty.

Sergio Ramos is set to miss Real Madrid’s La Liga match against Alaves

Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos celebrates after opening the scoring against Getafe

Ramos, who became the all-time leading scorer among La Liga defenders last month, has been on an incredible scoring binge since the restart. He’s actually Real’s top scorer during that time with five goals in seven games, although three of those goals have come from the penalty spot.

However, Ramos has also racked up yellow cards since the restart and is now suspended for the match against Alaves. Starting right-back Dani Carvajal will also serve a ban due to an accumulation of yellow cards.

Aside from his goalscoring, Real will also miss Ramos’ leadership in defence. With Ramos marshalling the backline, Real have conceded just two goals in seven games since the restart.

Eder Militao and Ferland Mendy are expected to fill in for Ramos and Carvajal. Both of them played in Real’s first meeting with Alaves this season.

On the other end of the pitch, Real’s attack has gone a bit off the boil of late, which is why Ramos’ penalties have been so crucial. Benzema hasn’t scored in each of his last four games, although he did supply that incredible assist to Casemiro in their win over Espanyol.

Manager Zinedine Zidane will have to continue to rely on Benzema, though, especially with Eden Hazard doubtful due to an ankle injury and Luka Jovic out after being in contact with a friend who tested positive for COVID-19.

Alaves in awful form, especially away from home

Alaves will come into this match against Real Madrid in horrific form. They’ve lost six of their seven matches since the restart, including the last five in a row.

They began the restart with a loss to bottom club Espanyol. They were also on the receiving end of an embarrassing 6-0 defeat to Celta Vigo a few weeks ago.

All in all, Alaves have won just once in their last nine games. And perhaps not coincidentally, their dip in form came as their status in La Liga looked relatively safe. They are currently in 16th place, six points up on 18th-placed Mallorca and are highly unlikely to be relegated at this point.

It’s surprising Alaves aren’t in more trouble considering they’ve scored the fourth-fewest goals (32) and allowed the fourth-most (51) this season.

Alaves’ away form has also been disastrous. They’ve picked up just nine points in 17 away games — the second-fewest in the league — while conceding 37 goals.

History

Real Madrid have dominated Alaves in their matchups since the latter returned to La Liga in 2016. Real have won six of their seven meetings, including all three games at home by three or more goals.

They beat Alaves away in their first meeting this season. Ramos once again was on target as he gave Real the lead early in the second half. Lucas Perez equalised from the penalty spot, but Dani Carvajal scored Real’s winner just four minutes later.

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Real Madrid vs Alaves Real Madrid Asian Handicap -1.50 @ 1.74
July 11, 4:00 (GMT+8)

SBOBET odds have Alaves at an astronomical 12.00 to pull off a win against Real, which would be the single most shocking result in the league if it does happen. Real are big 1.25 favourites to keep their perfect record post-restart intact, while the draw is 5.40.

All the signs point toward a Real win, it’s just a matter of by how many goals they’ll win by. I’m leaning toward the -1.50 goals on the Asian Handicap market.

While Real’s attack has been unconvincing of late, this matchup against Alaves is the perfect one for Zidane’s side to turn up the style a bit. And on the other end, it’s hard to see this Alaves side with basically nothing left to play for getting a goal even against a Real defence missing two key stars.

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La Liga: Los Blancos Going For the Kill

Real Madrid 2-0 Alaves

Only five more points are needed for Real Madrid in order to secure their first La Liga crown in over three years, and they have three more games to go.

Their La Liga 2020 odds of doing so have increased even further especially after defeating a gritty Alaves squad last night at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano last Friday evening.

Goals from Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio have steered Los Blancos to go four points clear of Barcelona at the top of the La Liga table. It was a game where the home team controlled the tempo and the game all night long.

Last night marked Real Madrid’s eight straight win since the restart after the coronavirus-enforced hiatus. Zinedine Zidane’s men have found their swagger as they have yet to lose a game since early March against Real Betis.

Real Madrid continue their hot run of form, which is a clear indicator that the message sent by team boss Zinedine Zidane before was received well by his players.

Besides recording their eight consecutive victory, what’s even more impressive about it is that they’ve managed to notch six clean sheets.

And after this victory, Los Blancos can already smell blood and they will go for the kill. Perhaps it is just a matter of time to where they will bring home the trophy anew at the Bernabeu.

SBOBET presents you last night’s package of La Liga 2020 highlights.

Highlights of the game

With Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal serving their suspensions, and Marcelo and Nacho Fernandez injured, Zinedine Zidane inserted some fresh faces for his backline.

He put in Lucas Vazquez, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy, and the now-recovered Raphael Varane at the defence, which is an odd fit on paper.

Eder Militao was just making his ninth start for this campaign while Lucas Vazquez is not really known as a full-back, and Alaves tried to exploit their inexperience early on.

Los Blancos were dealt with a huge scare by Alaves in the fourth minute when Edgar Mendez’s cross found Joselu Sanmartin for a header, but his attempt bounced off the crossbar. And then Casemiro blocked a rebound attempt by Lucas Perez.

In the 10th minute, Real Madrid was awarded a penalty when Ferland Mendy was fouled inside the penalty area by Ximo Navarro after a clumsy challenge.

Since Sergio Ramos was out, it was Karim Benzema who took on the penalty for Real Madrid. And with his low shot on the left side, the Frenchman scored his 18th goal of the season – which is second to only Lionel Messi’s 22.

15 minutes later, Oliver Burke tried to rally El Glorioso. The Scottish winger drew a save from Thibaut Courtois when he dribbled past multiple Real Madrid defenders.

Then a few minutes later, he used his speed to blaze past Lucas Vazquez and Eder Militao, only to see Joselu Sanmartin missed out on an opportunity after failing to convert on the pass.

In the second half, Zinedine Zidane’s men took control of the ball game.

Real Madrid found the back of the net for the second time in the 52nd minute. Karim Benzema broke through an offside trap by Alaves to get to Rodrygo’s through-ball and he passed it cleverly to an open Marco Asensio for the score.

Alaves are looking forward to salvage their top-flight status after getting defeated by Real Madrid in La Liga

Real Madrid’s Ferland Mendy clashes against Alaves’ Borja Sainz at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium

The referees first didn’t count the goal since Benzema was initially deemed at an offside position, but it was eventually overturned after looking at the VAR.

El Glorioso would have one more chance at a goal in the 61st minute when Joselu Sanmartin raced past multiple Los Blancos, but Thibaut Courtois’ fast reflexes secured another clean sheet for his squad.

Key statistics

Real Madrid had this game in the bag with their dominance in the middle and the attack.

Los Blancos controlled 71-per cent of the possession along with six shots on target compared to only one for Alaves.

Karim Benzema is making a late run for the Golden Boot award. He now has 18 goals and eight assists as of this writing.

Alaves were playing their first match under Muniz. Prior to this match, Asier Garitano was sacked by the team management after losing five in a row.

El Glorioso are still in a precarious position in the La Liga table. They are currently placed at 17th and are only three points clear against the 18th-seeded RCD Mallorca.

What’s next?

It’s three more games and five more points for Real Madrid to bring home the crown, and they will face Granada, Villareal, and Leganes next.

As for Alaves, they have a chance to salvage their top-flight status and they’ll have to get the job done against Getafe, Real Betis, and Barcelona.

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La Liga: Just Two Games from Glory

Granada vs Real Madrid

The La Liga title is so close, Los Blancos can almost taste it.

Even the first of the obituaries for Barcelona and their manager Quique Setien have been written as the football media expects Real Madrid to dethrone Barca as Spanish champions.

Yet, it’s always a dangerous game to predict the outcome of a title race between the two giants of Spain.

Few are surprised that Real have been able to turn on the style since football restarted following the coronavirus pandemic. What has surprised many, however, is that Barcelona have dropped six points to leave Real with a four-point advantage at the summit with just three games remaining.

It means they can even afford to lose this game against the early-season surprise package and still remain in control of their own destiny.

Talking Points

Boss Zinedine Zidane knows his side should win their first league title for three years from this position and is too shrewd and experienced a campaigner to allow complacency to set in.

He also knows the squad he manages is not as talented as the one he guided to three successive Champions League victories from 2016 to 2018.

With that in mind, he will give full respect to Granada as their title dream moves ever closer.

Real Madrid only need 2 victories to secure the La Liga title

Zinedine Zidane aims to win the La Liga title this season

There’s no question Real have had some breaks in recent weeks with Sergio Ramos living up to his role as the pantomime villain (for rivals) by netting successive match-winning penalties in narrow contests.

However, there has been nothing fortuitous about eight straight league victories since the restart.

Their most recent success, against Alaves on Friday night, also had to be overcome with defensive absentees.

Due to the season-ending injury to Marcelo, Ferland Mendy returned to the left-back position, while the suspensions of Dani Carvajal and Ramos paved the way for Eder Militao to pair with Raphael Varane at centre-back.

That didn’t stop them producing more attacking La Liga highlights but the spine of the side is contributing just as much to their recent form.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois hasn’t conceded in 457 minutes of football and is just 78 minutes away from a record that was set by himself (535 minutes).

In 2014, Courtois was one of the stars of city rivals Atletico Madrid’s title triumph which featured 20 clean sheets.

This season he has only let in 18 goals and earned 18 clean sheets, statistics that have played a big part in Real’s form.

That plans are afoot for a Real celebration is understandable but is something which would be embarrassing and come back to haunt them if they fail to finish off the job in the next week.

I cannot see that happening and expect a continuation of their fine form in this fixture. Real have won 12 of their last 13 meetings, with Granada’s only win coming way back in 2013.

History

When they met earlier this season, newly promoted Granada were flying high, including a five-match unbeaten run which featured one of the shocks of the season – a 2-0 home success over champions Barcelona.

They promptly put up a spirited display in going down to a 4-2 defeat.

Madrid have actually won their last nine matches against Granada with clean sheets in six of those games. Indeed, Real have won all six matches at the Bernabeu by an astounding scoreline of 29-4. That includes a 9-1 hammering back in 2015, which saw Cristiano Ronaldo score a hat-trick in just eight minutes en route to his first-ever five-goal game.

They last met back in the 2016-17 season, with Real also winning by an aggregate score of 9-0 — 5-0 at home with a brace from Isco and goals from Karim Benzema, Ronaldo and Casemiro sealing the win, as well as a 4-0 away success.

Granada’s only ever win at the Bernabeu was in 1974.

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Granada vs Real Madrid First Half 1X2 Real Madrid @ 2.13
July 14, 04:00 (GMT+8)

You can’t rule Granada out. Their European hopes are still very much alive after a superb 3-2 win at Real Sociedad on Friday night took them within a point of seventh spot which holds a Europa League berth for 2020-21.

How can you bet against another Real win, though, when they are so close to regaining the league title from their arch rivals Barca?

I’m not going to be so bold as to predict a repeat of the free-scoring clash from earlier this term, although correct score 2-4 would earn you a pay day of @ 50.00.

Some may go as far as tipping Granada to get a draw @ 4.00; others may opt for a shock to keep the title race alive with the home side available to back 1X2 @ 6.80 or Asian Handicap +1.00 @ 2.13.

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La Liga: Real Madrid In Firm Control of Their Destiny

Real Madrid vs Villarreal

Real Madrid are very well on their way to reclaim the La Liga championship. With one more victory, they have assured themselves of breaking their three-year title drought.

Zinedine Zidane’s men continue to run hot in form since the coronavirus-enforced break. With their win against Granada last Monday night, their winning streak has reached to nine fixtures.

Los Blancos are four points clear ahead of their bitter rivals in Barcelona with 83 points, so their La Liga 2020 odds point to them eventually bringing the crown over at the Bernabeu.

But even with the title right at their grasp, team boss Zinedine Zidane continues to preach consistency in order to ward off complacency since the job is not done yet.

This time, they turn their focus to Villarreal, whose Champions League aspirations were effectively extinguished when they lost recently to Real Sociedad.

Javier Calleja’s men are sitting at the fifth spot at the table with 57 points and they will jostle for position for the Europa League as their consolation.

They are definitely hungry for another win especially with the likes of Getafe and Real Sociedad breathing down on their necks.

So this match will be something to watch out for if you’re an SBOBET football fan, as we will either witness a crowning glory event for Los Blancos or the Yellow Submarine managing to stay afloat.

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La Liga: Ferland Mendy opens the scoring in Real Madrid's 2-1 win vs Granada

Real Madrid’s Ferland Mendy celebrates after scoring against Granada

Los Blancos on the brink of glory

Lest you think that Los Blancos are resting on their laurels as of this moment, team skipper Sergio Ramos is echoing his manager’s message for the rest of the team.

In the last time out against the 10th-seeded Granada, Real Madrid averted a possible collapse despite having enjoyed a memorable first half performance.

Ferland Mendy and Karim Benzema got Los Blancos off to an auspicious start when they poured in goals in the 10th and 16th minute. However, in the second half, Zinedine Zidane’s men struggled to adjust to Diego Martinez’s changed tactics for Granada.

Darwin Machis found the back of the net five minutes after the halftime break with a cool finish, and then Antonin tested Real Madrid’s backline once more but was saved by Thibaut Courtois.

Ramon Azeez almost equalised during the closing stages, but his shot was cleared away by Sergio Ramos – finalising the victory for the visitors.

“We let our guard down a little bit in the second half when we saw it was 2-0. These things cannot happen because anyone can beat you if you don’t keep the intensity,” said Sergio Ramos during the post-game interview.

“It would mean a lot to be champions because it’s a reward for consistency of a whole year. Hopefully, on Thursday we can celebrate it at home,” he added.

Real Madrid would have to keep Ramos’ words in mind ahead of this clash because Villarreal made them quite uncomfortable in their reverse fixture back in September.

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The Yellow Submarine missing out on the Champions League cruise

Villarreal’s recent string of La Liga 2020 results have been inconsistent. And because of that, they will have to settle for an Europa League berth for now.

Getting an Europa League spot isn’t exactly bad especially for a squad like Villarreal. But given how competitive these players are, for sure they are mad at themselves for missing out.

They have been unbeaten in six consecutive matches after the mandated hiatus, but most of them were against the lower-seeded teams.

So when they had run-ins against some of the best in Barcelona and Real Sociedad, they were dealt with a reality check in harsh fashion – conceding six goals while only scoring twice.

Now that securing an Europa League berth is their next mission, Javier Calleja’s men would have to make the most out of their remaining games against Real Madrid and Eibar.

The likes of Gerard Moreno, Santi Cazorla, and Paco Alcacer would need to be on their A-game in order to give themselves a chance come this weekend.

History

Real Madrid and Villarreal have met in 37 matches already – with the former winning 20 times while the latter only won four times along with 13 draws.

In the reverse fixture last September, Real Madrid averted a late collapse through goals from Gareth Bale – ending the match with a 2-2 draw.

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Real Madrid vs Villarreal Real Madrid Asian Handicap -1.00 @ 1.80
July 17, 3:00 (GMT+8)

Real Madrid are the hot favourites in the 1×2 market. They are priced at 1.40, while Villarreal are at 5.40 and a draw is at 4.20.

Since goals are expected for this one, you can also try and place your bets on either Over 2.50 @ 1.75 or Total Goal 2-3 @ 1.88.

But ultimately, I will go with an away victory for Los Blancos given their championship-calibre form. They are, after all, a class above the Yellow Submarine.

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La Liga: Getafe Gear Up for Massive Atletico Madrid Clash

Getafe vs Atletico Madrid

Both Getafe and Atletico Madrid still have much to play for in the penultimate round of the La Liga season. Atletico Madrid still have a shot at overtaking Sevilla for third place, while Getafe are barely holding onto sixth and a spot in the Europa League play-off rounds.

Getafe, who have been on a disastrous run of form since the restart, need a good result against the Rojiblancos to stay ahead of Real Sociedad.

However, Getafe have not gotten the better of their Madrid neighbours in a long time, and the La Liga 2020 betting odds will be against them at home against an in-form Atleti side.

Talking Points

Getafe’s incredible fall

Getafe’s dreams of making the Champions League are long gone after a truly disastrous skid since returning from the restart. The Azulones have won just one of their nine games, with five draws and three losses.

To their credit, they did beat Real Sociedad, their chief rivals for that Europa League play-off spot. They also gave Real Madrid all they could handle in a 1-0 defeat where Real were awarded a generous penalty.

However, they can’t be excused for only managing a draw last time out against Deportivo Alaves, who had lost six games in a row and seven of their first eight games since the restart.

La Liga: Can Getafe pull-off a win against in-form Atletico Madrid?

Getafe manager Jose Bordalas talking to his players during thier match against Real Sociedad

Goals have been hard to come by for Jose Bordalas’ side all season; they have just 43 goals in 36 games, which is middle of the pack. But scoring has been even harder since the restart. They’ve only scored six goals in nine games and just one in their last four.

Leading scorer Jaime Mata (11 goals) hasn’t found the net since his brace against Sociedad five games ago. Meanwhile, super-sub Angel Rodriguez (10 goals) has also gone cold; it’s now been nine matches since his last goal.

Meanwhile, Getafe’s home form has been middling for most of the season. They’ve won just eight of their 18 games, with six draws and four losses.

Atletico’s amazing unbeaten run continues

Contrary to Getafe, Atletico Madrid’s La Liga 2020 results since the restart have been outstanding. The Rojiblancos are unbeaten in their last nine games, with six wins and three draws. Two of those draws came in tough away matches against Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona, which was an exciting 2-2 affair.

Although, Atleti’s resurgence predated the lockdown. Going back to early February, they have now gone 16 matches unbeaten in La Liga and the Champions League, where they knocked out holders Liverpool in the round of 16.

Atleti were still able to beat Real Betis at home last time out despite going down to 10 men for the last half-hour. Substitutes Yannick Carrasco and Diego Costa combined to supply the winner 16 minutes from time.

Costa has been a major contributor for Atletico, with three goals and two assists since the restart. He has provided Diego Simeone with another capable weapon up front aside from the inconsistent Alvaro Morata and Marcos Llorente.

Atleti’s attack has managed to score in every match during their 16-match unbeaten run, which began after their 1-0 defeat against Real in the Madrid derby.

However, Atleti’s trademark defence hasn’t been quite as reliable, especially away from home. They’ve kept just two clean sheets in their last nine away league matches, which also happened to be their only wins during that stretch. They have drawn 10 of their 18 away matches this season, with just five wins and three defeats.

History

Atletico have dominated their Madrid neighbours in their La Liga head-to-head matchups through the years. They’ve won each of their last 11 meetings and have won 13 of their last 14. And to make matters worse, Getafe have not even scored a single goal against Atleti in any of those 14 matches.

Getafe’s last win over Atleti came all the way back in 2011. They’ve won just three times overall in their last 26 La Liga meetings, with Atleti winning 19.

Atleti won their first meeting this season at the Wanda Metropolitano 1-0 thanks to a goal from Alvaro Morata.

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Getafe vs Atletico Madrid 1X2 Atletico Madrid @ 2.29
July 17, 03:00 (GMT+8)

Despite their disastrous run of late, SBOBET odds still have Getafe priced at a respectable 3.45 to get a home win, with Atletico 2.24 underdogs. A draw is at 2.92.

Based on recent form coupled with the overwhelming one-sided history between the two clubs, it’s hard not to go with an Atleti away win.

Getafe’s struggling attack will find it tough to get past Atleti’s stingy defence. And on the other end, the visitors should have enough weapons to get the goal they need in a match that is unlikely to be a high-scoring affair.

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La Liga: Real Madrid In Firm Control of Their Destiny

Real Madrid vs Villarreal

Real Madrid are very well on their way to reclaim the La Liga championship. With one more victory, they have assured themselves of breaking their three-year title drought.

Zinedine Zidane’s men continue to run hot in form since the coronavirus-enforced break. With their win against Granada last Monday night, their winning streak has reached to nine fixtures.

Los Blancos are four points clear ahead of their bitter rivals in Barcelona with 83 points, so their La Liga 2020 odds point to them eventually bringing the crown over at the Bernabeu.

But even with the title right at their grasp, team boss Zinedine Zidane continues to preach consistency in order to ward off complacency since the job is not done yet.

This time, they turn their focus to Villarreal, whose Champions League aspirations were effectively extinguished when they lost recently to Real Sociedad.

Javier Calleja’s men are sitting at the fifth spot at the table with 57 points and they will jostle for position for the Europa League as their consolation.

They are definitely hungry for another win especially with the likes of Getafe and Real Sociedad breathing down on their necks.

So this match will be something to watch out for if you’re an SBOBET football fan, as we will either witness a crowning glory event for Los Blancos or the Yellow Submarine managing to stay afloat.

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La Liga: Ferland Mendy opens the scoring in Real Madrid's 2-1 win vs Granada

Real Madrid’s Ferland Mendy celebrates after scoring against Granada

Los Blancos on the brink of glory

Lest you think that Los Blancos are resting on their laurels as of this moment, team skipper Sergio Ramos is echoing his manager’s message for the rest of the team.

In the last time out against the 10th-seeded Granada, Real Madrid averted a possible collapse despite having enjoyed a memorable first half performance.

Ferland Mendy and Karim Benzema got Los Blancos off to an auspicious start when they poured in goals in the 10th and 16th minute. However, in the second half, Zinedine Zidane’s men struggled to adjust to Diego Martinez’s changed tactics for Granada.

Darwin Machis found the back of the net five minutes after the halftime break with a cool finish, and then Antonin tested Real Madrid’s backline once more but was saved by Thibaut Courtois.

Ramon Azeez almost equalised during the closing stages, but his shot was cleared away by Sergio Ramos – finalising the victory for the visitors.

“We let our guard down a little bit in the second half when we saw it was 2-0. These things cannot happen because anyone can beat you if you don’t keep the intensity,” said Sergio Ramos during the post-game interview.

“It would mean a lot to be champions because it’s a reward for consistency of a whole year. Hopefully, on Thursday we can celebrate it at home,” he added.

Real Madrid would have to keep Ramos’ words in mind ahead of this clash because Villarreal made them quite uncomfortable in their reverse fixture back in September.

The Yellow Submarine missing out on the Champions League cruise

Villarreal’s recent string of La Liga 2020 results have been inconsistent. And because of that, they will have to settle for an Europa League berth for now.

Getting an Europa League spot isn’t exactly bad especially for a squad like Villarreal. But given how competitive these players are, for sure they are mad at themselves for missing out.

They have been unbeaten in six consecutive matches after the mandated hiatus, but most of them were against the lower-seeded teams.

So when they had run-ins against some of the best in Barcelona and Real Sociedad, they were dealt with a reality check in harsh fashion – conceding six goals while only scoring twice.

Now that securing an Europa League berth is their next mission, Javier Calleja’s men would have to make the most out of their remaining games against Real Madrid and Eibar.

The likes of Gerard Moreno, Santi Cazorla, and Paco Alcacer would need to be on their A-game in order to give themselves a chance come this weekend.

History

Real Madrid and Villarreal have met in 37 matches already – with the former winning 20 times while the latter only won four times along with 13 draws.

In the reverse fixture last September, Real Madrid averted a late collapse through goals from Gareth Bale – ending the match with a 2-2 draw.

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Real Madrid vs Villarreal Real Madrid Asian Handicap -1.00 @ 1.80
July 17, 3:00 (GMT+8)

Real Madrid are the hot favourites in the 1×2 market. They are priced at 1.40, while Villarreal are at 5.40 and a draw is at 4.20.

Since goals are expected for this one, you can also try and place your bets on either Over 2.50 @ 1.75 or Total Goal 2-3 @ 1.88.

But ultimately, I will go with an away victory for Los Blancos given their championship-calibre form. They are, after all, a class above the Yellow Submarine.

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La Liga: Getafe Gear Up for Massive Atletico Madrid Clash

Getafe vs Atletico Madrid

Both Getafe and Atletico Madrid still have much to play for in the penultimate round of the La Liga season. Atletico Madrid still have a shot at overtaking Sevilla for third place, while Getafe are barely holding onto sixth and a spot in the Europa League play-off rounds.

Getafe, who have been on a disastrous run of form since the restart, need a good result against the Rojiblancos to stay ahead of Real Sociedad.

However, Getafe have not gotten the better of their Madrid neighbours in a long time, and the La Liga 2020 betting odds will be against them at home against an in-form Atleti side.

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Getafe’s incredible fall

Getafe’s dreams of making the Champions League are long gone after a truly disastrous skid since returning from the restart. The Azulones have won just one of their nine games, with five draws and three losses.

To their credit, they did beat Real Sociedad, their chief rivals for that Europa League play-off spot. They also gave Real Madrid all they could handle in a 1-0 defeat where Real were awarded a generous penalty.

However, they can’t be excused for only managing a draw last time out against Deportivo Alaves, who had lost six games in a row and seven of their first eight games since the restart.

La Liga: Can Getafe pull-off a win against in-form Atletico Madrid?

Getafe manager Jose Bordalas talking to his players during thier match against Real Sociedad

Goals have been hard to come by for Jose Bordalas’ side all season; they have just 43 goals in 36 games, which is middle of the pack. But scoring has been even harder since the restart. They’ve only scored six goals in nine games and just one in their last four.

Leading scorer Jaime Mata (11 goals) hasn’t found the net since his brace against Sociedad five games ago. Meanwhile, super-sub Angel Rodriguez (10 goals) has also gone cold; it’s now been nine matches since his last goal.

Meanwhile, Getafe’s home form has been middling for most of the season. They’ve won just eight of their 18 games, with six draws and four losses.

Atletico’s amazing unbeaten run continues

Contrary to Getafe, Atletico Madrid’s La Liga 2020 results since the restart have been outstanding. The Rojiblancos are unbeaten in their last nine games, with six wins and three draws. Two of those draws came in tough away matches against Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona, which was an exciting 2-2 affair.

Although, Atleti’s resurgence predated the lockdown. Going back to early February, they have now gone 16 matches unbeaten in La Liga and the Champions League, where they knocked out holders Liverpool in the round of 16.

Atleti were still able to beat Real Betis at home last time out despite going down to 10 men for the last half-hour. Substitutes Yannick Carrasco and Diego Costa combined to supply the winner 16 minutes from time.

Costa has been a major contributor for Atletico, with three goals and two assists since the restart. He has provided Diego Simeone with another capable weapon up front aside from the inconsistent Alvaro Morata and Marcos Llorente.

Atleti’s attack has managed to score in every match during their 16-match unbeaten run, which began after their 1-0 defeat against Real in the Madrid derby.

However, Atleti’s trademark defence hasn’t been quite as reliable, especially away from home. They’ve kept just two clean sheets in their last nine away league matches, which also happened to be their only wins during that stretch. They have drawn 10 of their 18 away matches this season, with just five wins and three defeats.

History

Atletico have dominated their Madrid neighbours in their La Liga head-to-head matchups through the years. They’ve won each of their last 11 meetings and have won 13 of their last 14. And to make matters worse, Getafe have not even scored a single goal against Atleti in any of those 14 matches.

Getafe’s last win over Atleti came all the way back in 2011. They’ve won just three times overall in their last 26 La Liga meetings, with Atleti winning 19.

Atleti won their first meeting this season at the Wanda Metropolitano 1-0 thanks to a goal from Alvaro Morata.

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Despite their disastrous run of late, SBOBET odds still have Getafe priced at a respectable 3.45 to get a home win, with Atletico 2.24 underdogs. A draw is at 2.92.

Based on recent form coupled with the overwhelming one-sided history between the two clubs, it’s hard not to go with an Atleti away win.

Getafe’s struggling attack will find it tough to get past Atleti’s stingy defence. And on the other end, the visitors should have enough weapons to get the goal they need in a match that is unlikely to be a high-scoring affair.

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La Liga 2020: Winners and Losers

The La Liga title has returned to Madrid at last after Los Blancos came back from football’s enforced break stronger than Barcelona.

The Catalans looked, for much of the season, like champions again; searching for a third successive title and the La Liga 2020 betting odds backed them for the most part. But in the end Blaugrana captain Leo Messi was left bemoaning his team’s lack of fight while the white half of Madrid celebrated.

Winners

Real Madrid

Having watched Barcelona win six of the last nine league titles, Los Blancos won the 2020 La Liga by five clear points, a great achievement as they returned from the enforced break behind the Catalans. They clinched the title with a 2-1 win over in-form Villarreal as Karim Benzema netted his 21st goal of the season.

Zinedine Zidane’s side has been clinical rather than spectacular, winning six of their last ten victories by the odd goal, skipper Sergio Ramos converting late penalties in back to back 1-0 wins against Getafe and Athletic Bilbao.

Fans at the Bernabeu will hope Zidane at least sees out the remaining two years of his contract, but the Frenchman has yet to commit his future beyond the end of this season.

His immediate task is to rally his team when Los Blancos try to overturn a first leg deficit in their Champions League Round of 16 clash against Manchester City.

Atletico Madrid

It’s been a difficult season for Diego Simeone’s Atleti. For the majority of the campaign they were outside or on the edge of the top four places, but a strong finish has seen them end up in a familiar top three spot.

Los Rojiblancos were already looking like their old selves when they took a point off Barcelona, at the end of June, which put a dent in the Blaugrana’s title hopes. Three wins and a draw have seen them qualify for the Champions League again with something to spare.

Here at SBOBET we’ll be watching their progress in this season’ Champions League after they put in an impressive performance to beat last season’s winners Liverpool.

Villarreal

Five wins in their first six games back after the restart saw Villarreal shoot up the table and end up in fifth place. It’s a good comeback after a poor season in 2018/19 and they are back in the Europa League again.

Striker Gerard Moreno was the third highest scorer in La Liga, behind Messi and Karim Benzema, and he bagged a brace in the Yellow Submarine’s final game against Eibar as they ran out 4-0 winners.

Villarreal will be saying goodbye to fans’ favourite Santi Cazorla. The former Arsenal midfield star is heading off to Qatar to join Al Sadd.

Losers

Barcelona

Lionel Messi is this season’s La Liga 2019-20 top scorer

Lionel Messi is the leading top scorer in this 2019-20 La Liga season

The Blaugrana were favourites to win La Liga again, particularly as Real Madrid were in some disarray in the previous close season. But the capture of Antoine Griezmann hasn’t yet paid off while an injury to Luis Suarez hindered their progress.

Former manager Ernesto Valverde was potted in January and replaced by Quique Setien which was a surprise to us all, and that has certainly backfired.

After a humiliating defeat to ten-man Osasuna Messi said: “We didn’t expect to finish in this way, but it sums up the year for us. We are a weak team. We need to be self critical, starting with the players, but also across the entire club. We are Barcelona, and we are obliged to win every game.”

Ouch!

Messi won the Golden Boot of course, but the Argentine superstar would swap that for another league title in the blink of an eye.

Espanyol

Last season Espanyol finished seventh and have been contesting the Europa League for the first time since 2007. But a squad that should have stayed up comfortably has failed to deliver and so they head to the Segunda Division for the first time since 1994.

It didn’t help matters that neighbours Barcelona were the team to confirm Espanyol’s relegation with a 1-0 win courtesy of a Luis Suarez strike in the second half. That the Blaugrana struggled to beat the bottom side speaks volumes.

 
 

Unlucky to miss out

Getafe

You have to fell sorry for Getafe, who were the La Liga 2020 news story in the early part of the season as a fixture in the top four. They looked like bettering their best finish of all time, fifth last term, but a sorry return of two points from the final six games saw them drop to eighth, letting Granada in on the last day of the season. So Getafe have missed out on Europa League football when they looked nailed on for the Champions League.

Leganes

Well, after four seasons in the top flight we say ‘adios’ to Getafe’s local rivals. The Madrid minnows so nearly escaped relegation with a fighting finish, earning 11 points from the last five games but they missed out by a single point.

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La Liga: Catastrophe in Catalonia!

12 months is a long time in football, and when a season lasts almost that long, it can seem like an eternity.

Last July, here at SBOBET, we were reporting on close season disarray at Real Madrid, while the recruitment of Antoine Griezmann to the Camp Nou seemed to cement Barca’s position as favourites, strongly backed by the La Liga 2020 betting odds; but fast forward a year and things turned out rather differently.

The Blaugrana misfired in the title run-in and Los Blancos took advantage, much to Lionel Messi’s annoyance, and at the bottom end of the table there was more misery in northern Spain as Espanyol contrived to combine a Europa League campaign with relegation to the Segunda Division.

Both Barcelona and Espanyol had La Liga seasons to forget but how did it all go so wrong in Catalonia?

Well, hindsight is a wonderful thing but even at the time of Ernesto Valverde’s sacking at the Camp Nou in January something didn’t seem quite right. The Blaugrana were top of La Liga and the reasons hinted at for Valverde’s demise was his perceived inability to win the Champions League, having watched Zinedine Zidane pick up three consecutive European crowns with Real Madrid.

But when Quique Setien’s name was mentioned no-one could quite work out why the former Real Betis coach was the man in the frame. He was being linked with the vacant position at Premier League strugglers Watford, but ended up in one of the most prestigious hot seats in European football.

Now Setien looks like he’s heading for the exit door, though he remains in charge while Barca conclude this season’s Champions League campaign. Former Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with the Barca job, but the ex Espanyol legend has said he won’t consider working at the Camp Nou out of loyalty. And now former Barca favourite Patrick Kluivert is being talked about.

La Liga: Mauricio Pochettino could head to former club Espanyol

Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with Barcelona

Comings and goings in the manager’s office weren’t the only reasons for Barca’s failure to retain the title. The recruitment of Griezmann dominated the pre-season La Liga 2020 news but the Frenchman took too long to settle, while an injury to Luis Suarez meant too much rested on the shoulders of captain Messi.

In the end, they couldn’t keep up with Real Madrid who just carried on winning.

And over at the RCDE Stadium a season which started with such promise ended in disaster for Espanyol FC. Embarking on a Europa League campaign, nobody expected Los Periquitos to become rooted to the bottom position and fall through the trap door to the second tier.

As the players showed in the narrow defeat to Barca which confirmed relegation, Espanyol isn’t a team short on quality. The four times Copa del Rey winners have been in the top flight since 2004 and are one of Spain’s most prestigious clubs and they might try to tempt Pochettino to bring the glory days back.

Dark mood at the Mestalla

Getafe were desperately unlucky to miss out on a European place while Valencia, finishing in ninth, really should have done better. With players of the calibre of skipper Dani Parejo and striker Kevin Gameiro a top seven place was well within their grasp, but two defeats from their last three games consigned Valencia to ninth position.

They sacked head coach Albert Celades after three defeats in four games following football’s post COVID 19 return in Spain. He’d only been in the job for nine months following the dismissal of Marcelino Garcia Toral in September. For sure, the fans at the Mestalla are among the most demanding in football, but the club needs stability and the board must hold its nerve before hiring and firing so freely in future.

Leganes and Mallorca fall through the trap door

It’s no great surprise that Leganes and new boys Real Mallorca were relegated alongside Espanyol.

The Madrid minnows have been in the top flight for four seasons, which is an incredible feat for a club which extended its capacity to 12,000 on promotion to the top flight, but time has caught up with them. Leganes fought bravely to the last, even drawing with Real Madrid as Los Blancos marched to the title, but were just a single point short in the end.

Real Mallorca struggled throughout the season and they will be fighting with Leganes at the top end of the Segunda Division next year, but Celta Vigo, who finished 17th, had a poor season and can consider themselves very lucky to escape.

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La Liga: 5 Players to Look Out For Next Season

The 2019/20 La Liga season just ended recently with Real Madrid winning it all for the first time in over three years.

Right behind them are their arch rivals in Barcelona who just fell short after some untimely lacklustre performances down the stretch, while the likes of Atletico Madrid and Sevilla have booked themselves a couple of Champions League spots.

Overall, this season was strange yet satisfying, in large part due to the coronavirus which effectively suspended the league in over three months. So this year’s trophy should taste a whole lot sweeter for the big winners over at the Bernabeu.

Now as we enter the offseason, SBOBET takes a super early look at the players who football fans should be looking out for next season – whether because of their play or the storylines that surround them.

Eden Hazard

For a player like Eden Hazard, he certainly hasn’t lived up yet to the 100-M Euro price tag he’s gotten when he joined them last year.

“This year, we collectively won the league title. But I surely had the worst season of my career individually,” said Hazard when asked to reflect on his first season with Real.

The former Chelsea striker was hampered by injuries almost all year. And as a result, he has only mustered one goal and three assists for the whole 2019/20 season.

There aren’t much La Liga 2020 highlights for him to write home about, but a lot of pundits are expecting a bounce back campaign for him in the next go-around.

La Liga News: Real Madrid are expecting a bounce back for Eden Hazard in the next go-around

Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard shoots at goal to score against Valencia at Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium

His determination and professionalism is undeniable, but questions about his durability and ability to fit in continue to loom large.

Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane has a unique conundrum at his hands and only time will tell if Hazard can meet everyone’s expectations next term.

Joao Felix

Like Hazard, Joao Felix had an up-and-down first year with Atletico Madrid since he is still trying to get himself fully integrated to Diego Simeone’s system.

When he was brought into the roster last summer, he had pretty big shoes to fill following Antoine Griezmann’s switch to Barcelona.

While there were some flashes of brilliance in some stretches, it was mixed by some poor play along with untimely injuries.

The Portuguese youngster suffered an ankle injury that would sideline him for months and that effectively ended Atleti’s La Liga 2020 odds for a title.

But the good thing for him is that he’s only 20 years old and he hasn’t hit his prime yet so there is still a lot of room for him to grow, and I expect that he will be a key player to watch in the next campaign.

Lucas Ocampos

Sevilla have had a decent campaign overall in large part because of their superb performance after the coronavirus-enforced hiatus.

Their last year’s signing in Lucas Ocampos burst into the scene with his high work rate and scoring, making him an exciting player to watch for next season.

The 25-year-old winger has the physical tools and the right mindset to impact the club in more ways than one. Ocampos can score, make plays for his teammates, and even defend from time to time.

He is the league’s sixth leading scorer this term with 14 goals and three assists. And with him continuing to learn under Julen Lopetegui’s tutelage, I won’t be surprised if the Argentinian would flourish and even garner significant attention in the transfer market.

Ansu Fati

Barcelona may look like an aging roster on paper, but they are expected to contend for the title once more next season given their overall quality.

At the same time, the Catalan giants have some shiny young pieces to work with, which should set them up for years to come.

One of them is Ansu Fati, who has shown glimpses of potential despite having limited playing time last season. The young winger is a seamless fit alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Antoine Griezmann.

And let’s not forget that he’s still a minor at 17 years old. If he can improve further on his skills and avoid major injuries, this kid will be a franchise cornerstone for the Blaugrana.

Lionel Messi

After missing out on this season’s title, Lionel Messi offered a blunt assessment about his squad, saying that the team wasn’t good enough to contend and changes had to be made.

Since his public comments, many pundits and fans were left to wonder if the Pichichi Trophy winner might be mulling a future in a different uniform.

The Catalan giants had too much drama behind the scenes all throughout the season. From the firing of Ernesto Valverde, to the players being reportedly unhappy with the management and Quique Setien, it eventually caught up to them which led to their failed objective.

However, there’s no denying that the Argentinian superstar has done his part – having compiled 25 goals and 21 assists in the 2019/20 season.

While Messi’s quality shouldn’t be questioned at all, the large dark cloud surrounding the Blaugrana is being monitored by everyone in the world of football.

For now, they have to turn their focus to the Champions League as they’ll face Napoli in the second leg of their Round of 16 tiff.

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La Liga: Emery Dreams of Glory With Villarreal

Former PSG head coach Unai Emery has been unveiled as the new manager of Villarreal, and in his opening press conference in Castellon he shared his dream of winning a title with the Yellow Submarine.

That will be music to the ears of Villarreal fans who have just enjoyed a successful La Liga season watching their team win a Europa League place, and now they will hope their new man can take them on to the next level.

To win a title in a league containing Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid would take some doing, but Emery might just be the man to bring a first major trophy to the Estadio de la Ceramica.

Success in Seville

After cutting his coaching teeth down the road at Valencia and with Spartak Moscow, Emery came to prominence as head coach at Sevilla where he had fantastic success in three seasons.

A third consecutive Europa League triumph came in a 3-1 win over Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in Basel in 2016, and Emery’s style of football and clever use of the transfer market came to the notice of some of Europe’s biggest clubs and in 2016 he headed to Paris.

His ability to win trophies was already apparent and if he can repeat his Europa League success at Villarreal this season he will have quickly realised his dream at his new club.

Paris and London

As boss of the dominant club in Ligue 1, Emery struggled to make a big impact at Paris Saint-Germain, failing to win the domestic league in his first season – something he rectified in 2018 when won all the available domestic titles to achieve a quadruple.

But in both 2017 and 2018, PSG were eliminated from the Champions League in the Round of 16 and Emery announced his departure.

From one of Europe’s famous capital cities, the Spanish coach made his way to another, rocking up at Arsenal in North London.

He made a great start at the Emirates taking the Gunners on a 22-match unbeaten run, but the season finished in disappointment as Arsenal missed out on a Champions League place and lost 4-1 to Chelsea in the Europa League final.

After a poor start to the 2019/20 season, Emery was sacked in November and was replaced by former Manchester City coach Mike Arteta.

Emery’s old club has shown signs of improving under Arteta, an Arsenal playing legend, and this week the current Gunners boss has taken the time to send a message of encouragement to his predecessor.

“He’s going back to Spain. He’s a manager that has a lot of experience there and has been very successful there. I wish him all the best from our side. There are a lot of people here who liked him and a lot who have huge respect from him,” said Arteta.

What will Emery find in Valencia

Gerard Moreno manages to finish La Liga season as third top scorer

Gerard Moreno during Villarreal’s match against Real Madrid

After a disappointing 2018/19 season for Villarreal, the La Liga 2020 betting odds didn’t feature the club for a European place.

But the Yellow Submarine had a great end to the season under Javier Calleja and finished in fifth place – winning the first five of six games following the return of football after the lockdown.

That they came so close to a Champions League place was some achievement for a club which spent much of the previous campaign hovering dangerously close to the relegation battle and eventually finishing 14th.

Former Arsenal attacking midfielder Santi Cazorla has been a big influence but he’s on the way to Qatar to finish his career, although Emery will find players of the quality of Paco Alcacer and Colombian forward Carlos Bacca in his squad.

Striker Gerard Moreno has had an exceptional campaign and been a regular feature in the La Liga 2020 news, finishing as the third top scorer in La Liga, behind Lionel Messi and Karim Benzema.

Can Emery bring a title to Villarreal? Keep an eye out for the SBOBET odds for the coming season and see where the land lies.

The Yellow Submarine boss has a big challenge ahead to beat their best ever season — a second place in 2008 — and that might be a step too far.

But he’s daring to dream and the board at Villarreal might want to look for the keys to their trophy cabinet!

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La Liga: Who Can Barca Buy This Summer?

There are worried faces around the Camp Nou at the moment as owners, directors, and players contemplate the future at this great club.

A poor run of results at the end of the La Liga season left the Blaugrana drifting in second place and handing the title back to Real Madrid without a fight.

Money is tight in football due to the financial fallout of COVID-19, and Barca fans may have to prepare for a difficult transfer window.

Can the Catalans keep hold of their prize asset in Lionel Messi?

The Argentine superstar has been vocally unhappy with events and results at the Camp Nou and has been linked with a shock move to Inter Milan, who are rumoured to be preparing to tempt Messi with a megabucks deal worth 260-M Euros over four years.

Barca president Josep Bartomeu has moved to calm fears insisting his captain will stay at the club where he has been since he was 13 until the end of his career.

Bartomeu will do all he can to keep Messi happy after a few weeks of on-field and off-field disagreements. The La Liga 2020 betting odds here at SBOBET backed Barca to retain their title and the Argentine genius fully expected to win the league, so he is not amused.

While Barcelona try to stop their best player leaving through the exit door, they are also struggling to bring new blood into the club.

The Catalans have been rumoured to be preparing a move for Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez after the Argentine has impressed at the San Siro, scoring 18 goals in 39 games. He’s currently refusing to extend his contract in Milan and has a release clause of £98.5-M.

Martinez has been Barca’s top target, but they were also working on a deal to bring Neymar back to the Camp Nou in a part-exchange deal which would see French striker Antoine Griezmann head to Paris Saint-Germain.

Both deals have stalled while Barca’s money men bash their calculators, and it could be a frustrating few weeks. However, one arrival has produced some optimism.

Portuguese winger Francisco Trincao has arrived at the club after a deal was struck earlier in the year. The 20-year-old made 40 appearances for Braga, scoring nine goals and making 13 assists and he is one of the most exciting young players in Europe.

Barca moved quickly to get their man and it seems they have plans for him in the coming season.

Premier League club Leicester City were reported to be interested in a loan move for Trincao with an option to buy, but Bartomeu insists the winger will stay at the club well into his five-year contract.

Will Gareth Bale out this time?

Gareth Bale's future at La Liga is once again uncertain after being excluded in Real Madrid's squad in UCL

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale dribbles the ball during their La Liga clash with Athletic Bilbao last December 2019

We were waving goodbye to Gareth Bale this time last year in the expectation he was on the way to China, but he stayed and played something of a part in Los Blancos triumphant league campaign.

But the Welsh winger is still in the La Liga 2020 news for all the wrong reasons. He has been left out of Real Madrid’s squad in the big Champions League game against Manchester City and that will start the rumour mill whirring again.

“I need to be playing week in, week out, and that’s not happened this season. I had an injury, five, six weeks into the season but I’ve been fit ever since. I have to sit down with my agent in the summer and discuss it,” said Bale.

The 31-year-old probably has one more move in him. And if he secures a deal, I doubt there will be many tears among Los Blancos fans.

Villarreal and Valencia making moves

Meanwhile, it looks likely that Real Madrid wonder kid Takefusa Kubo is on his way out on another loan deal, having impressed at Real Mallorca despite the club’s relegation. It seems Kubo is heading for Villarreal.

The Yellow Submarine has qualified for the Europa League and new manager Unai Emery has said he’s looking for silverware in his first season at the club.

Los Blancos rate the youngster highly and will be happy to entrust his development to Emery, who is looking to replace the departed Santo Cazorla after the creative midfielder’s departure.

And Emery is hoping to tempt Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi to join him at Villarreal having coached him at the Emirates.

Guendouzi has blown hot and cold this season as Arsenal struggled to qualify for Europe, though their FA Cup win may persuade him to stay.

One player has headed the other way as Valencia winger Ferran Torres confirmed his move to Premier League heavyweights Manchester City in a deal worth 23-M Euros.

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La Liga: Fire Sale at the Camp Nou

The fallout from Barcelona’s limp end to the La Liga season and their 8-2 Champions League humiliation at the hands of FC Bayern has been quite spectacular.

Head coach Quique Setien, who was the surprise appointment when Ernesto Valverde was potted in January as the Blaugrana sat at the top of La Liga and still in the Champions League, has himself been sacked at the end of a miserable few weeks.

Barca finished five points behind champions Real Madrid and that simply wasn’t good enough for a side which was heavily backed by the La Liga 2020 betting odds for the majority of the season.

Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman is heavily tipped to be the replacement and is rumoured to be inching closer to a two-year deal to manage the club he served so well as a player.

The Dutch boss would be a popular choice with the fans who watched him score 67 goals from 192 appearances between 1989 and 1995 – a phenomenal return for a centre-back.

The former Everton boss has agreed a deal in principle so we could see an announcement before too long.

They desperately need some inspirational leadership at the Camp Nou, and quickly.

Barca players are up for grabs

In the meantime, all but four of Barca’s first team squad have been put up for sale. Only skipper and talisman Lionel Messi, keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, midfield man Frenkie de Jong and defender Clement Lenglet have been retained.

If those four had lined up on their own against FC Bayern, they may not have done much worse!

There won’t be a shortage of suitors for Barca’s embarrassed stars, and Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are rumoured to be preparing a bid for battling midfield star Arturo Vidal.

The Chilean destroyer is entering the final year of his contract at the Camp Nou and intended to stay in Catalonia, but his plans may have quickly changed and he’d be a good fit for the ambitious PSG.

The French champions have a Champions League semifinal date with Red Bull Leipzig on Wednesday night and Brazilian striker Neymar is likely to play a big part, but there are already whispers circulating that he may be tempted back to Barcelona as the first part of the Camp Nou rebuild.

He’d make a quick impact in Catalonia that’s for sure, and talk of an Antoine Griezmann plus his £50-M deal may not be wide of the mark. The French striker has been a flop in his first season with the Blaugrana and he may head home for some comfort and love.

Once he’s in the hot seat, Koeman may well try to sign his countryman and Manchester United target Donny van de Beek from Ajax. The 23-year-old midfield star would be an ideal fit for Barca as they try to replace an ageing squad.

Will La Liga giants Barcelona hire the services of Ronald Koeman for their vacant managerial post?

Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman on the sidelines during a Euro 2020 qualifying match against Germany

Silva is back

Former Valencia star David Silva has returned to La Liga, having signed a two-year deal to join Real Sociedad.

The 34-year-old attacking midfielder has enjoyed an illustrious 10-year stint at Manchester City where he won four Premier League and two FA Cup medals.

With 125 caps for his country, Silva is one of Spain’s most decorated players and he’ll be a box office draw when fans make it back into the stadiums. And he is sure to make some La Liga 2020 news in the coming weeks.

It’s a great signing for Sociedad who have captured Silva’s signature from under the noses of Serie A club Lazio.

Real Madrid still wondering on what to do with Gareth Bale

Meanwhile, La Liga champions Real Madrid have allowed Brazilian midfielder Reiner to go to Borussia Dortmund on a two-year loan deal.

Los Blancos signed him in January for £25-M but he is unable to play in the first team as La Liga rules mean only three non-EU players can be registered for the league squad.

With the UK’s impending departure from the EU in mind, does that mean the Madrid giants will be tempted to move on Welsh wide man Gareth Bale to make some room?

Here at last summer, we covered the saga of Bale’s move to China which never actually materialised. Is the drama about to begin again?

Bale was left out of Real Madrid’s Champions League squad when they played Manchester City and that seemed to signal the end of the road for the big winger. But Reiner’s move to the Signal Iduna Park might just mean he stays in Madrid for one more season.

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La Liga: Worst Signings in the 2019/20 season

The fans love it, the head coach hopes the recruitment team have got it right, and the club owners trumpet their new hero. But when a marquee signing goes wrong, there are red faces all round.

For any number of reasons, a big-money signing can struggle during his first season at a new club, but the transfer fee weighs heavily and patience can run out in the stands.

And the fast pace of the escalating transfer market in recent years has made poor and expensive signings more common than in the years gone by.

Last week, we took a look at the most disastrous Premier League signings of the season and now it’s the turn of La Liga. There were some eye-popping figures splashed out on big names last summer and not all of them have repaid much, if any of their price tag.

Eden Hazard of Real Madrid and Joao Felix of Atletico have both been beset by injury this season and that has impacted on their performance.

Both have shown glimpses of their undoubted ability, although Hazard had more of that than Felix who was signed for a record 126-M Euros to replace the departed Antoine Griezmann.

There was a lot weighing on the 20-year-old Portuguese sensation’s shoulders.

In 34 appearances, he only scored eight goals and made two assists – a modest return on Atleti’s investment. However, he only had one season at Benfica under his belt and has plenty of time on his side.

But we can’t be so understanding of another big-money signing of last summer, who the player Felix replaced at Atleti.

Antoine Griezmann – Barcelona

From the moment he pondered his future at the Wanda Metropolitano very publicly in a bizarre video entitled “The Decision” back in 2018, the aura of Atleti’s best player over the past five seasons had been sullied.

To post a “should I stay or should I go” video online for all the Atleti fans to see and fume at, it was strange behaviour to say the least.

But Rojiblancos’ fans may have a little smile looking at Griezmann’s travails since his transfer to Barcelona last summer.

He joined a stellar frontline of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and had the 17-year-old sensation Ansu Fati in the wings.

But the Frenchman simply wasn’t up to scratch, only really showing up at the end of the season when the damage was done. Now Barca are working out how they can recoup some of the 120 million euro fee.

After Barca’s disastrous Champions League exit to FC Bayern, all but four of the squad were slapped on the transfer list and Griezmann is being touted as a makeweight in a move to bring Neymar back to the Camp Nou from Paris Saint-Germain.

We knew Griezmann would be in the La Liga 2020 news in the title run-in, but we didn’t expect his role to be that of a scapegoat.

Luka Jovic – Real Madrid

At the start of this season, Los Blancos weren’t the happiest set of players around while their coach Zinedine Zidane cut a frustrated figure.

The La Liga 2020 betting odds gave them little chance of wrestling the title from the grip of Barcelona, who were looking for a third consecutive league triumph.

But the signing of striker Luka Jovic seemed to be the silver lining to the cloud as the Madrid giants had fought off interest from Paris Saint-Germain for the prolific Eintracht Frankfurt forward.

However, fast forward 12 months and Los Blancos are triumphant while Jovic has disappointed.

Two goals from 15 appearances is a poor return for the 60 million euros Real paid for the big Serb and he may be on his way out in the near future.

Luka Jovic only has 2 goals and 1 assist in La Liga this season

Luka Jovic celebrates after scoring for Real Madrid

Rony Lopes – Sevilla

Sevilla have had another good season, with a top-four finish in La Liga and a Europa League final meeting with Inter Milan on the agenda.

But it’s been a shocker of a campaign for their most expensive recruit in Rony Lopes, who signed in a 25 million euro deal to bring him from Ligue 1 side Monaco to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.

The Portuguese star failed to live up to even the most modest expectations, making just 12 appearances in all competitions.

He only made five appearances in La Liga while contributing just a solitary assist, so he’s been shipped back to France on loan to Nice.

To make things even more frustrating, the player who went the other way in this deal is Wissam Ben Yedder, who has scored 18 Ligue 1 goals for Monaco and has quickly become a fan-favourite.

Well, I guess you can’t get it right every time!

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La Liga Fixtures Wait Ratification

After a campaign which ended with Real Madrid as champions and La Liga’s other big hitter being embarrassed in Europe, there is barely time to pause breath before the new season begins,

Not that we know for sure if the calendar will run to plan.

For the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has expressed its displeasure with the list released by La Liga ahead of the 2020/21 season.

In a letter to league president Javier Tebas, the RFEF has rejected the new dates set by the league and asked Tebas to deal with the issue calmly.

The Federation cannot approve the calendar, which has been proposed by the league committee until the conflicts raised are resolved and the relevant authorities have agreed that competitions may be started on a state level.

When we do get going though – and we will – undoubtedly more La Liga highlights will follow with both new faces and some familiar ones.

Leganés, Real Mallorca, and Espanyol have gone down and been replaced by Real Zaragoza, Cadiz, and Huesca.

The main focus, however, will be on the top four from the last term.

Real (along with Getafe) will start in the second week of the competition, while newly-crowned Europa League winners Sevilla, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona will get underway in the third due to their participation in the latter stages of European competition.

La Liga: Sevilla have won their sixth Europa League title

Sevilla players celebrate after winning the Europa League final against Inter Milan

The shape of the Barca squad that kicks-off 2020/21 will be fascinating to see.

According to reports in Spain, striker Luis Suarez has been told he doesn’t have a future at the club by new manager Ronald Koeman. The 33-year-old, who currently has a year left on his current deal, scored 21 goals in 36 appearances for the Catalan giants last season but is surely past his peak.

It’s not just Suarez who could be part of Koeman’s planned clear-out as he aims to revitalise an ageing squad.

Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitić, and Samuel Umtiti are also being linked with moves away.

Antoine Griezmann will likely be kept on but will need to improve on his maiden campaign at the Nou Camp, even if certain speculation suggests the Frenchman could be a makeweight in a move to bring Neymar back to Catalonia from Paris Saint-Germain.

Real rarely have a quiet summer and it’s hard to imagine them not making one marquee signing before the big kick-off with Zinedine Zidane the main man at the helm.

When President Florentino Perez confirmed his return for last season, some supporters were sceptical. Even though ‘Zizou’ led the men in white to nine trophies in his initial reign and the famous three successive Champions League titles, there was much work to do.

Now, if it’s possible, those supporters love him even more after he added substance to their style.

Ferland Mendy has developed as one to watch in the back four, while goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been in stellar form with Real conceding just 25 league goals last term.

Across the city, Atletico continue to punch above their weight but how long Diego Simeone can maintain such momentum after years of selling their best players remains to be seen.

They will begin their pre-season preparations on September 3 without Joao Felix. In fact, five players will be absent from the first day of the preparations, with Jan Oblak and Stefan Savic among the others missing after being called up to represent their respective national teams – something which could prove a real issue in a congested season ahead.

And then there’s Sevilla, who will contest the UEFA Super Cup a month today (September 24), by which time manager Julen Lopetegui will want his squad finalised.

The head coach has drilled his team, which is made up mostly of new signings, to perfection, losing just eight of their 54 matches in all competitions and it could be just the beginning.

This is where Monchi, Sevilla’s sporting director, comes in.

‘We can’t waste a single minute,’ he said following the win over Inter Milan in Cologne.

The departures of Sergio Reguilon, who is returning to Real Madrid after his loan expired, and Ever Banega, who is leaving for Saudi Arabia, leave two big holes in the team.

Two dates for your diary: the opening weekend of La Liga 2020/21 season will be from September 12, while it’s hoped the first match of the season to be played with a crowd will be the rescheduled the Copa del Rey final between Real Sociedad and Athletic Club, which is initially pencilled in for Christmas.

There are lots of stories to be written before then though. Study the La Liga betting odds to decide who to put your money on.

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La Liga: Can Koeman Bring Success to Barca?

He’s only been in his job for a few days but Ronald Koeman is under no illusions. He knows he must bring the La Liga title back to the Camp Nou.

The appointment of Koeman as Barca boss has been the big La Liga 2020 news of the week, and the eyes of the Spanish and world media will be fixed on Catalonia as the new boss makes his mark and the Blaugrana prepares for the new season.

The former Everton head coach has taken over a club in some disarray. At the start of the 2019/20 season they expected to make it three domestic titles on the bounce, but by the end they had lost their crown and crashed out of the Champions League, slaughtered 8-2 by eventual winners FC Bayern.

 Barca playing legend really wants this job

Koeman has had his eye on the Barcelona job for some time, having managed in the Netherlands, Portugal, England and already in Spain, leading Valencia to a Copa del Rey victory in 2008. But his heart has been in Catalonia, ever since he left as a player in 1995 after six spectacular seasons at the Camp Nou.

As a player he scored 90 goals in 192 appearances for Barcelona as he helped them win four La Liga titles in a row. Famous for his powerful dead ball kicks he scored many a goal from free-kicks and currently holds the record for 25 consecutive successful penalties in La Liga. He’s Barca’s top scoring defender of all time and only bettered in La Liga by Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos.

Manager on a mission

After cutting his teeth as a manager with Ajax, where he won two league titles, Koeman had a stint at Benfica before winning the Eredevisie with PSV and the Spanish Cup with Valencia.

He won plaudits in the Premier League as a manager at Southampton, leading the Saints to their best ever Premier League position, sixth, with their record points total of 63. He took Southampton to the Europa League and was poached by Everton in 2016, who he immediately led to Europa qualification, but was sacked the following season after the Toffees made a slow start.

Taking over the Netherlands in 2018 Koeman has overseen a resurgence in his national team, after the Oranje had failed to qualify for the 2018 Russia World Cup. Developing young players such as Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt he transformed the team into UEFA Nations League finalists, losing out by a single goal to hosts Portugal.

La Liga: Ronald Koeman manages to lead his former team Netherlands in Euro 2020

Ronald Koeman during Netherland’s match against Northern Ireland

But his exit from Everton still rankles and Koeman is keen to prove, once again, he can thrive in domestic football at one of the biggest clubs in the world.

The pre-season La Liga 2020 betting odds have Los Blancos as marginal favourites, but a fast start for the Blaugrana will change all that.

Koeman can sort out the mess

Last week, here at SBOTOP, we predicted a fire sale at the Camp Nou with few players in Barca’s ageing squad safe, and the new boss has wasted no time in starting the sweep-out. He’s already shown he’s not going to mess about, allegedly telling Luis Suarez in a 60 second phone call that he is no longer required at the club. The 33 year old Uruguayan is the Blaugrana’s third top scorer of all time and he starred in their last Champions League success after his £75m switch from Liverpool.

And Koeman has other players in his sights. Ivan Rakitic has been a mainstay of the Barca side in his six seasons at the club, but the Croatian managed just one goal in 42 games last season and he too could be on his way. As could midfield enforcer Arturo Vidal who has spent two seasons in La Liga and is rumoured to be on the way back to his former club Juventus.

Of course Lionel Messi is one of a few players guaranteed a place in Koeman’s team; and the new boss will make it a priority to make sure his skipper and talisman is happy. Messi was furious at the end of Barca’s season and thought to be considering his future at the club he has served throughout his career, but Koeman is confident of keeping his star at the Camp Nou.

The new boss needs to bring in new blood and Barca are still hopeful of attracting Inter Milan’s Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez to the club, but there is a lot more to be done.

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La Liga: Can Koeman Bring Success to Barca?

For so long, successive summers in fact, it seemed Brazilian Neymar would return to La Liga side Barcelona and pair up again with Lionel Messi.

Now, as it stands, in the summer of 2020, there would appear far greater chance of the Argentine maestro moving to Paris than it would Neymar returning to Spain – and that was even before Messi handed in a transfer request a few days ago.

There’s certainly no doubt the 33 year-old is unhappy with the Catalans (not for the first time in his career, much to my surprise) and is seeking a fresh challenge.

Realistically, with time ticking, he only has a few more chances to add a fifth Champions League crown to his magnificent honours list too.

Yet the next stage of developments is going to be far from simple.

It would appear the Barcelona captain has considered moving away before.

 In 2014, continual injuries, erratic team form and defeats to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey Final, and Atletico Madrid in the Champions League and La Liga were hard to take.

Then, two years later, tax troubles unsettled him but, as the club went onto clinch the double, he decided not to leave, despite being handed a suspended prison sentence and fine.

This time though seems different. Very different and very real.

And the stance between player and the club seems at something of an impasse if media reports are accurate.

According to El Periodico, Messi is asking for a meeting with the club and is fully aware he cannot leave for free this summer, although does not want any transfer to be held to his 700 million euro release clause.

However, Barcelona are not budging from their position – they will not sell unless his release clause is met – and are refusing to hold talks with the player.

As a true professional, it is expected Messi will begin pre-season under new boss Ronald Koeman as scheduled on Monday.

But fresh from the ultimate embarrassment of a quarter-final defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich, could the unthinkable now finally happen and Messi leave?

If so, there are surely only two clubs in the world (Paris St Germain and Manchester City) who could afford him or who he would consider joining, outside of a return to his native Argentina.

What’s more, what exactly would the fee be?

Neymar leave La Liga side Barcelona last 2017 to Paris Saint-Germain

Neymar celebrates scoring a goal against Atletico Madrid during his time at Barcelona

When Neymar swapped Catalonia for Paris three years ago, Barca received a fee far higher than the Brazilian’s actual worth. Not that there’s any doubting his world-class talent, but Neymar has often been wanting or resorting to gamesmanship (for club and country) when things have not gone his way and remembered for that just as much as his footballing ability.

Even aside from the histrionics, with Barcelona supposedly struggling financially, it’s unlikely they could persuade Neymar to return but the cash rich Parisiens, runners-up in the 2020 tournament may be able to persuade the friends to be reunited in France.

Fans have long anticipated a reunion between Messi and Neymar – it would be a bitter pill indeed if it were to happen at PSG, with Kylian Mbappé completing what could be an unstoppable front three.

For City, meanwhile, you only need to consider the Pep Guardiola link.

Guardiola and Messi won two Champions Leagues together at Barca, and there may be a temptation to reunite for another tilt at the trophy. The Spanish boss remains an admirer of the best player he has managed and with seemingly unlimited resources, the club must believe it has a chance of signing him.

This SBOTOP observer certainly would think that is the more likely destination if Messi does leave the Nou Camp.

Yes, there will be much more debate and wrangling played out in the weeks to come. A lot of nonsense will be spouted too.

For example, only this morning Brazilian club Cruzeiro announced the signing of Messi on their official website!

One thing is certain, however.

By informing Barca he does not intend to show up for coronavirus testing at the club ahead of pre-season training, Messi has given the clearest indication yet that this most fantastic of partnerships is drawing to a close.

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La Liga: It’s All About Messi

The new La Liga season is just two weeks away and Spain’s elite football teams are returning to training, but there will be a whole lot of action to come off the field before a competitive ball is kicked.

Head coaches at every club are looking to strengthen their squads while keeping hold of their prize assets and, once again, this week’s La Liga 2020 news has been dominated by the rumours surrounding Lionel Messi’s possible move to Manchester City, though matters took a turn for the worse today for Barcelona’s star man.

The Argentine had hoped to enforce a release clause in his contract, meaning he could leave the Camp Nou on a free transfer, but this expired at the end of June while the 2019/20 season was still being played. And today La Liga has ruled that his 700m Euro release clause will have to be paid if he is to leave the club he has served for 20 years. The official statement reads: “La Liga will not approve a request to be de-registered as a player, unless the amount in the release clause has been paid.”

The ruling came after Messi failed to report for coronavirus testing at Barcelona’s training ground this morning, and that means he will be noticeably absent when new head coach Ronald Koeman takes charge of his first training session on Monday. It looks like Barca are ready to play hard ball and test the resolve of Manchester City, who remain the favourites to sign Messi, firstly because he wants to join up with former boss Pep Guardiola and, secondly, because the Sky Blues have the money to make this happen.

Apparently, Pep has been on holiday with his family this week…in Barcelona.

La Liga: Sadio Mane has been a vital asset for Liverpool after joining in 2016

Sadio Mane during Liverpool’s match against Sheffield United

If Messi’s move to Manchester comes off, the Blaugrana will need to move quickly for a replacement, though City have ruled out a swap deal involving any of Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez or Bernardo Silva. But there could be some traction in the suggestion that Liverpool forward Sadio Mane could be on his way the Camp Nou. The Senegalese striker is said to be excited by the prospect of a move to join the Blaugrana, and the Reds are reported to be ready to listen to offers in excess of £90m. That won’t be a problem for Barca if they do land a windfall from a Messi move.

Away from the Catalonian soap opera there are rumoured to be more players planning to hop over from La Liga to the Premier League. Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton are keen to pursue a move for Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez and new boys Leeds United have already secured the services of winger Rodrigo, having paid Valencia a club record £27m for the Spain international.

Capped 22 times and with eight goals for his country the 29 year old will be a big asset to the Yorkshire club as they aim to settle back into England’s top flight.

In terms of incomings to the Spanish League, over in Madrid Los Blancos are at the head of the queue to sign Ajax star Donny van de Beek. Manchester United have been keen to take the 23 year old Netherlands international to Old Trafford, but the player has today said that Real Madrid is his preferred option. Los Blancos are keen on the move too, so advanced negotiations are about to get underway.

The pre-season La Liga 2020 betting odds have already installed the champions as odds on favourites to retain their title, and this is the type of signing which could give them the edge over Barcelona. And with an eye on the future head coach Zinedine Zidane is looking back to his homeland with a view to signing Rennes wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga. The 17-year-old Angolan scored a stunning individual goal as Rennes beat Montepellier in Saturday’s Ligue 1 clash and he would be a superb addition to the Real squad.

Meanwhile, across the road at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Atletico Madrid are rumoured to be interested in signing unwanted Barca striker Luis Suarez, after Ronald Koeman made it clear to the Uruguayan he was not required at the Camp Nou.

Here at SBOTOP we recently picked out Antoine Griezmann as one of the big signings from last summer which have fallen rather flat. But I’d dare to suggest that if the 33 year old Suarez went the other way, from Barca to Los Rojiblancos, he’d turn out to be great value for money.

Ronald Koeman has had a baptism of fire as Barca boss, in terms of dealing with players, and he could stand or fall by the events of the next two weeks.

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La Liga: Messi Stays at Barca

In a stunning about turn, Lionel Messi has vowed to see out the final year of his contract with Barcelona.

The Messi divorce rumblings have been going on for weeks now and finally it seems to be settled.

The Barca skipper made no secret of his annoyance with the Blaugrana having surrendered the 2020 La Liga title meekly to Real Madrid, and then suffering the humiliation of a 8-2 hammering at the hands of FC Bayern in the Champions League.

Only a few days ago, it he looked destined to rejoin his old boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

But when officials ruled that the 700-M Euro release clause in his contract could be enforced by his club, the proposed move hit the skids.

 Yesterday, Messi did a 180-degree turn and committed himself to another 12 months at the Camp Nou.

“It’s the club of my life, I’m settled here. Barca have given me everything and I’ve given them everything. The idea of taking Barca to trial never crossed my mind,” said Messi.

Having missed the first five days of training, Messi must now take himself back into the Barca fold.

It might be an uneasy and awkward situation. But once the new season starts, the Blaugrana talisman is sure to give his all for the club he has served since he was 13 years old.

And for their part, the Catalan club will pay out the £63-M annual loyalty bonus due for their captain.

So seemingly that’s the end of the Messi saga, but we don’t have to go far for the next piece of trending La Liga 2020 news.

Barca striker Luis Suarez has not been happy since the arrival of Ronald Koeman at the Camp Nou, particularly after the former Netherlands boss told the Uruguayan hitman he wasn’t wanted – apparently in a 60-second phone call!

Italian media outlets are reporting that the 33-year-old former Liverpool star could be on his way to nine-time Scudetto winners Juventus. He is reported to be close to agreeing a deal with I Bianconeri but like Messi, he has business to finish with his existing employers as he is yet to agree a severance package.

Once that is settled, Suarez then needs to apply for Italian citizenship to comply with Serie A squad regulations and his wife Sofia Balbi is already an Italian citizen.

In terms of incomings at the Camp Nou, Koeman seems keen to bring some of his Dutch compatriots to Catalonia, including Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum.

Ronald Koeman is planning to bring in Lyon star Memphis Depay to Barcelona for the incoming La Liga season

Ronald Koeman is interested in acquiring Memphis Depay to rebuild Barcelona

There may be some way to go with that one, but one rumour which does seem to have legs is the potential switch of Memphis Depay from Lyon to Barcelona.

Depay starred in the Netherlands’ 1-0 Nations League victory over Poland last night and Koeman is a big admirer of the former Manchester United winger.

40-M Euros would probably be enough to secure the deal and that would begin the rebuild for the Blaugrana.

2020/21 season just a week away

It doesn’t seem long since La Liga 2019/20 came to a climax, but the new season kicks off next Friday 11th September when Granada and Athletic Bilbao raise the curtain on a new campaign.

Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid start the new season in search of a 35th title and the early La Liga 2020 betting odds have Los Blancos as favourites, marginally ahead of Barcelona, whose odds may start to drop after the news of Messi’s U-turn sinks in.

We have three new names to welcome in the top flight with Cadiz, Huesca, and Elche CF promoted from the Segunda Division to replace the relegated Leganes, Real Mallorca, and Espanyol.

Valencia-based Elche will have to wait to start with their opening game against Barcelona postponed to give the Blaugrana more time to recover from their European exploits.

Similarly, Real Madrid’s match against Getafe is on hold and Los Blancos will open their campaign with a difficult trip away to Real Sociedad.

Meanwhile, Barcelona fans will have to wait until the September 27th before they can see their team begin its campaign to wrestle the title of their fierce rivals.

They have a tough test against Villarreal, who finished the 2020 season impressively to qualify for Europa League football in fifth place.

There is still no firm date when fans can expect to be back in the stadiums, though small attendance pilots have been successfully trialled in football and rugby.
We’ll get back to normal soon enough. But in the meantime, you can keep up with all the latest news, updates, and match reports from all four of the big European leagues right here at SBOTOP.

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