La Liga Betting: Real Madrid to remain on course against capital rivals

Real Madrid lead La Liga by two points
Real Madrid lead La Liga by two points
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There's a full midweek programme of La Liga action to enjoy from Spain. Jack Lang is away, so we asked Mark O'Haire to pick out the best bets...

"Madrid were fortunate to record only a third clean sheet in 17 games on Sunday and with eight of their last 11 triumphs arriving alongside Both Teams To Score, backing an away win and BTTS holds plenty of appeal at 2/1 quotes."

Atletico Madrid v Real Sociedad
Tuesday 4th April, 20:30
Live on Sky Sports 3

Real Madrid and Barcelona are the only sides to win a La Liga match away at Atletico Madrid since December 2014 and Real Sociedad look unlikely to add their name to that list on Tuesday evening.

The Basques welcome back both Esteban Granero and Carlos Vela from suspension but have W2-D2-L3 since Valentine's Day to slide out of the Champions League qualification race in Spain.

Eusebio's men are without a victory in three (W0-D1-L2) - their longest winless streak of the season - and tend to suffer when travelling to La Liga's elite. La Real have been beaten in nine of their last 11 trips to top-six sides with eight of their most recent 10 ending in losses by at least a two-goal margin.

Atletico Madrid will have Yannick Carrasco back from a ban here as they seek a 17th league success in 21 outings at the Vicente Calderon. Diego Simeone's troops have churned out four successive triumphs to move into third and are worthy favourites to extend that sequence with another three points here.

Los Rojiblancos have kept clean sheets in four of their last five fixtures and with the hosts notching at least twice in four of their last five on home soil, odds of [2.23] on Atleti overcoming a -1.5 Asian Handicap hurdle appeal.

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Atletico Madrid -1.5 Asian Handicap @ [2.23]

Barcelona v Sevilla
Wednesday 5th April, 18:30
Live on Sky Sports 3

Barcelona had to work hard for their 3-1 win at relegation-haunted Granada on Sunday but Luis Suarez, Neymar and Paco Alcacer all notched to bring the Catalans back within striking distance of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Crucially for the Blaugrana, Lionel Messi returns from suspension on Wednesday night and even if Luis Enrique's new 3-4-3 system doesn't appear to totally suit Barcelona, Messi's availability should prove pivotal here.

Barca have seven La Liga matches on the spin at the Camp Nou and notched at least four goals in each of their most recent three home encounters. The hosts have also suffered just one defeat in 18 against Sevilla and scored at least twice in 12 of the last 14 head-to-head duels.

Sevilla arrive without a win in four after another deeply frustrating draw, this time at home to Sporting Gijon. Despite firing in 18 efforts at goal, Jorge Sampaoli's side managed just six shots on-target and have now dropped to fourth in the league standings.

It could have been even worse for the Andalusians at the weekend too after referee Inaki Bikandi reversed a decision to award Gijon a penalty after a trip in the box. Indeed, Sampaoli's men appear all out of gas and their recent record at Spain's big-two leaves a lot to be desired.

Sevilla have been beaten in all eight La Liga visits to Real Madrid or Barcelona in recent seasons, suffering L-L double results in seven of their last nine trips to the Bernebeau or Camp Nou. A Barcelona/Barcelona repeat can be backed at [1.72] in a game that traditionally features a sack load of goals.

Eleven of the past 13 meetings have produced three goals or more and with 14/29 (48%) of the two clubs' respective home/away league fixtures this season featuring Over 3.5 Goals, a better angle of attack can be found by backing Barcelona to win alongside Over 3.5 Goals at 17/20.

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Barcelona to win and Over 3.5 Goals @ 17/20

Leganes v Real Madrid
Wednesday 5th April, 20:30
Live on Sky Sports 3

Real Madrid remain on course for their first league title since 2012 after overcoming Alaves 3-0 at the Bernebeu but Sunday's performance was far from a vintage display by the European champions.

For long periods Los Blancos looked jaded after long trips during the international break and Alaves players Deyverson and Edgar both wasted great chances to equalise before two goals in three minutes late on sealed the points.

Zinedine Zidane's men now face a short hop to the outskirts of the capital to face a Leganes outfit that have improved over the past month to stave off relegation fears. Los Pepineros have W2-D3-L1 of late, including a well-earned 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad on Saturday.

Asier Garitano's group have tended to keep things tight since promotion to the top-flight - nine of their last 10 at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque have featured no more than two goals, as have 13 of their past 16 outings home or away - and the hosts have kept three consecutive clean sheets at Butarque.

However, few teams can match the firepower of Real Madrid and the table-toppers are understandably short-priced favourites on Wednesday night. Still, there are ways to get Zidane's charges onside.

Madrid were fortunate to record only a third clean sheet in 17 games on Sunday and with eight of their last 11 triumphs arriving alongside Both Teams To Score, backing an away win and BTTS holds plenty of appeal at 2/1 quotes.

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Real Madrid to win and Both Teams To Score @ 2/1

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