La Liga: Pick Real Madrid to Win & Go 'Over' 2.5 Goals Against Real Betis

Nikki Adams

Friday, August 28, 2015 12:16 PM GMT

Real Madrid look to take maximum points at the expense of Real Betis on match day 2 of the Spanish La Liga betting. Join us as we breakdown this matchup and serve up soccer picks.

Real Madrid Winless In Round 1
It was an embarrassing debut for Rafa Benitez, the newly-appointed guardian of Real Madrid’s destiny in La Liga, as his Los Blancos succumbed to a scoreless draw to Sporting Gijon, a side that was promoted from second-tier ignominy this season.

Granted the game was on the road, but the sheer quality and class of Real Madrid makes such a setback inexcusable; especially, if they are to give Barcelona a run for their money in the title race.

Many opportunities to score at el Molinon went begging last weekend. Like Cristian Ronaldo’s, who descended to his knees and cried at the heavens when one of his scoring attempts whizzed off target. Team captain Sergio Ramos put on a brave face about his side’s lack of precision and finishing, chalking it to the improving quality Spanish football.

As it is, the season but a round young and Real Madrid is already playing second fiddle to Barcelona, in tune to the soccer betting outlook in preseason markets, which had Barcelona firmly installed as the team to beat anywhere from -138 at Bet365 up to -166 at Paddy Power. Real Madrid a distant second at a low of +140 at William Hill and a high of +163 at Bet365.

One need only look at how soccer betting markets have moved since opening week to understand the significance that one round has in Spanish top flight. Barcelona rarely let up. So when their rivals do, it just gives them that added edge. The upshot of which is Barcelona swell to -175 at Bet365 while Real Madrid have moved up to +188.

 

Real Betis Draw Villarreal In Round 1
Real Betis are coming off a solid 1-1 at home to Villarreal, a result that gets their season off the ground on a positive note, particularly as they forced a share in the spoils with a late equaliser.

The draw may have surprised some soccer bettors, but it actually marked the fourth straight positive result against Villarreal in Spanish top-flight by Real Betis. Last season, Real Betis held an undefeated record against the Yellow Submarines, settling on the draw (away) after winning 1-0 at home. In the season prior they beat Villarreal 3-1 at home. So par for the course.

A positive start on the season, on the heels of a tough matchup with a dramatic come-from-behind win, can only do wonders for confidence. Real Betis may well fancy their chances against Real Madrid, despite the soccer odds that corner the game in the hosts’ camp wholeheartedly. When Los Blancos struggled against Sporting Gijon.

Of course, at the Bernabeu, Real Madrid is a different beast entirely. Hence, their whopping -1000 soccer odds to win outright. Real Betis are trading as the whopping +2500 underdogs while the draw is running around +900 soccer odds.

 

Soccer Betting Verdict
Rafa Benitez and Los Blancos are going to be under the cosh to deliver at home in week 2 La Liga betting, or else all hell might break lose. As mentioned earlier, Barcelona rarely drops points. To fall behind in two rounds would be a disaster.

Soccer Picks: Real Madrid to win and Over 2.5

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