The clash of the weekend in La Liga sees fourth placed Bilbao take on the star-studded Real Madrid. Despite being so close in the standings, the soccer odds show some distance between the two teams.
On the face of it, this is a match between
the third and fourth placed sides in La Liga. Don’t let those bald facts fool
you, though, because there is a very real gulf between these two teams. Just a
closer look at the league table will tell you that there are actually eleven
points between the two of them. Bilbao have won four fewer games and lost three
more. Real Madrid have only lost twice all season and not at all in their last 10
games. There’s that big of a gap.
In Bilbao’s favour is the fact that they
are unbeaten at home in La Liga this season, a run which includes a 1-0 victory
over Barcelona at the start of last month. That was a fairly typical Bilbao
result under coach Ernesto Valverde – give nothing away, defend in numbers and
worry more about winning than entertaining. It was also a win without leading
scorer Ibai, who was on the bench until the final two minutes – although the
fact that the leading scorer has only found the net seven times this season
shows you that Valverde’s focus is more on not conceding goals than scoring
Real, by contrast, have one of the best
goalscoring records in La Liga, averaging almost three per game whilst
conceding only one. World record signing Gareth Bale should be fit again for
Carlo Ancelotti’s team, after coming off injured in last weekend’s win over
Granada and the team has no other short term injury worries.
The game between these two earlier this
season finished in a 3-1 win to Real and they are odds on for victory again,
best priced at 1.67 soccer odds with Coral and William Hill. That Bilbao home record is a
good one, though, and the draw at 4.33 with Ladbrokes therefore looks to be
much better value. In the same place you can get 8.5 on the game being drawn at
both half time and full time, and 17.0 on a draw after Real have been ahead at
the half. Bilbao are a side who do most of their scoring in the second half, so
both of those options are definitely worth considering in your soccer picks for this weekend's action.
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