Spanish LaLiga

La Liga Tips: Avoid result when Real Madrid host third placed Sociedad

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Real Madrid face a tough challenge against Real Sociedad

Dan Fitch is not confident in Real Madrid's ability to beat Real Sociedad on Sunday, as he previews the weekend La Liga action.

  • Sociedad have won nine of their last ten games

  • Real Madrid needed extra time to beat Atletico in cup

  • Barcelona set to meet Catalonian neighbours


Another win for Barca

Girona 5.69/2 v Barcelona 1.664/6; The Draw 4.57/2
Saturday 28 January, 15:15
Live on LaLigaTV

The La Liga leaders Barcelona face a challenge for local pride on Saturday, when they make the short trip to Girona.

Michel's team were promoted through the Segunda Division play-offs last season and are having an impressive campaign, with the club currently 11th after 18 games. Girona are tough to defeat at home, where they are unbeaten in their last five La Liga outings (W2 D3).

We have to assume Barcelona will find a way to win, having beaten Getafe 1-0 last weekend and then defeated Real Sociedad in the Copa del Rey by the same scoreline. There has only been one Barca game that featured five goals all season, so backing an away win and under 4.5 goals looks a safe bet at 1.865/6.

Back Barcelona to beat Girona and under 4.5 goals @

1.86

In-form Osasuna can avoid defeat

Osasuna 3.8514/5 v Atletico Madrid 2.265/4; The Draw 3.259/4
Sunday 29 January, 15:15
Live on LaLigaTV and Viaplay Sports 2

Osasuna and Atletico Madrid meet on Sunday, having had contrasting results in the Copa del Rey in midweek.

Atletico suffered the disappointment of losing 3-1 in the quarter-final to arch rivals Real Madrid, having been ahead for much of the match through Alvaro Morata's goal. The game went into extra time, as did Osasuna's 2-1 victory with Sevilla.

With Osasuna seventh in La Liga and through to the cup semi-finals, it's proving to be a memorable season for Arrasate's men. They are unbeaten in six (W3 D3) and they could pick up another point here, with the draw at 3.259/4.

Back Osasuna and Atletico Madrid to draw @

3.25

Low scoring match likely as second meets third

Real Madrid 1.758/11 v Real Sociedad 5.24/1; The Draw 4.1
Sunday 29 January, 20:00
Live on LaLigaTV and Viaplay Sports 1

Assuming Barcelona win their match, Real Madrid could be six points behind them by the time they face Real Sociedad on Sunday night.

Since losing the Spanish Super Cup final against Barca, Carlo Ancelotti's team have won all three of their games. They've made hard work of it though, with both of their Copa del Rey wins against Villareal and then Atletico, requiring them to come from behind to claim victory.

Now comes another potentially tough match, with third placed Real Sociedad only losing 1-0 away to Barcelona in the cup, despite being reduced to ten-men from the 40th minute. They had won their previous nine games across all competitions, so let's avoid the result and go for under 2.5 goals at 2.021/1.

Back under 2.5 goals between Real Madrid and Real Sociedad @

2.02

Narrow win for hosts

Villarreal 1.715/7 v Rayo Vallecano 5.69/2; The Draw 4.03/1
Monday 30 January, 20:00
Live on LaLigaTV and Viaplay Sports 1

Fifth placed Villarreal meet a Rayo Vallecano side that are ninth, in La Liga's Monday night match.

The Yellow Submarine are now unbeaten in five league games, having found consistency under their new manager Quique Setien. Their home record has been strong all season, with only Mallorca and Real Madrid winning at the Estadio de la Ceramica in 13 matches across all competitions (W9 D2).

Vallecano have only won one of their four league matches since the season resumed (D1 L2). Nevertheless, this could be a slim victory for the hosts and a Villarreal win and under 2.5 goals looks value at 3.814/5.

Back Villarreal to beat Rayo Vallecano and under 2.5 goals @

3.8

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