Bet Real Madrid Over Athletic Bilbao for La Liga Soccer Picks

Nikki Adams

Sunday, October 5, 2014 3:51 PM GMT

Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 3:51 PM GMT

Real Madrid host Athletic Club in week 7 of La Liga betting. Soccer odds are currently in full swing, so without further ado, here’s a primer on this highly anticipated clash complete with soccer free picks you’ll not want to miss.

Real Madrid Must Win
With Saturday’s week 7 La Liga matches in the books, Sunday’s round concludes the week’s hierarchy. As things currently stand, Barcelona maintained its hold on top spot when it beat Rayo Vallecano 2-0 while Valencia surprised soccer bettors with a win over the defending champions Atletico Madrid 3-1.

On Sunday, Real Madrid face off against Athletic Club in what is a must-win game if Real Madrid are to keep the pressure on Barcelona (top of the table), Valencia (2nd) and Atletico Madrid (3rd). After Saturday’s realignment, Real Madrid are found in fifth place with a 4-0-2 record and 12 points after six rounds (game in hand). Sevilla  are ahead in the table by a point while Celta de Vigo are nipping at their heels, level on points but in sixth place on account of goal difference. (Real, Sevilla and Celta all play on Sunday).

Real Madrid Hot On the Trot
Real Madrid are riding a five-game winning streak across all competitions, frightening form ahead of this pivotal week 7 clash. After starting the season with a 2-0 win over Cordoba, Los Blancos slipped to back-to-back defeats in La Liga – a 4-2 stunner on the road to Real Sociedad and a 2-1 loss at home to city rivals Atleti – Real Madrid righted the ship. The catalyst was a 5-1 win over Basel in Champions League, an unapologetic offensive massacre that spilled forth into their subsequent domestic matches as they disembowelled Deportivo 8-2 (away) and Elche 5-2 (at home). In week 6 La Liga betting, Real Madrid beat Villarreal 2-0 on the road. Most recently Real are after a hard fought, come-from-behind 2-1 win over Ludogorets in Champions League action.

Athletic Club Disappointing
Athletic Club, who finished fourth last term, are off to a poor start on the season. They are sat in 17th place with a 1-1-4 mark and 4 points through six rounds. They are desperate for a win but can’t seem to buy one no matter how hard they try. It’s clear managing multiple campaigns on several fronts has taken its toll on them – on account of their fourth place finish last season, Athletic Club are involved in Champions League this season.

Athletic Club opened the season with a lacklustre 1-0 defeat to Malaga before bouncing back with a 3-0 win over Levante at home. They received no favours from the schedulers as week 3 La Liga betting, which coincided with the start of their Champions League group campaign, had them square off against Barcelona on the road. Athletic Club lost 2-0 at Camp Nou and then settled on a scoreless draw to Shakhtar Donetsk at home in midweek Champions League betting. The Basques then slipped to back-to-back defeats at home to Granada (1-0) and Rayo Vallecano (2-1) on the away, before gaining a point at the expense of visiting Eibar in a scoreless draw. Most recently they are after a 2-1 loss to BATE Borisov in midweek Champions League betting.

Real Madrid -450 vs. Athletic Club +1400 Betting Tips and Picks
Understandably, Real Madrid are the prohibitive favourites at -450 to win outright while Athletic Club are the outrageous underdogs at +1400. Real Madrid losing this fixture beggars belief. Not to mention, if the Basques were to actually mastermind the upset at the Bernabeu, it would mark the biggest upset of the season in La Liga betting, and seismic shockwaves would reverberate for a long time.

Nobody in their right mind would go against the soccer betting grain here – unless they were diehard Athletic Club fans or have a crystal ball that’s revealed  something to them that we couldn’t possible know. So, working on the assumption that you agree backing Real Madrid to win straight up is the correct soccer pick, you’ll also agree with us that at the staggering price tag of -450, those soccer odds offer very little in the way of return on investment. So we need to get creative with our soccer picks on this clash.

Where Is The Value?
Real Madrid are coming into form after some early hiccups. They are winning fixtures at will and outscoring, outmuscling and outplaying all and Sundry, and, importantly, Cristiano Ronaldo is working at a freaky pace, scoring in seven straight games now. What’s more, the last five seasons have seen Los Blancos disembowel the Basques by a combined score of 22-5 (scores have ranged from a low of 3-1 to a high of 5-1, with Athletic Club scoring no more than a goal each and every time).

Knowing all of the above yields value soccer picks galore. For instance, Real Madrid to win both halves at -105 at William Hill or  both teams to score at -138; Over 3.5 at -110 or Over 4.5 at +200 in total betting +200, respectively; and finally, Cristiano Ronaldo to score anytime at -250 or to score the first /last goal at +225. A whole slew of sports betting approaches are at your fingertips. We’ve mentioned a few here, some of our top free picks, but check into your sportsbook of choice for more soccer betting options.

Soccer Free Picks: Real to win outright at -450 at William Hill; to win both halves at -105,; Over 3.5 at -110; and, finally, Cristiano Ronaldo to score anytime at -250.

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