La Liga Soccer Picks: Can Barcelona Clinch La Liga Title in Visit to Atletico Madrid?

Lee Phelps

Thursday, May 14, 2015 10:44 PM GMT

The game of the day in La Liga is Atletico Madrid versus Barcelona, with both clubs close to edging over the line. Barca's line is the title, Atleti's is Champions League group stage qualification. William Hill's Lee Phelps is looking at the odds for his free betting pick.

Barcelona’s plan this season couldn’t be turning out any better! They are in the Champions League final having dismantled Bayern Munich and then kept them at bay in the return leg, they have a Copa Del Rey final to come and have a four point lead over Real Madrid with two games left.

The first of those two games is at Atletico Madrid, who themselves aren’t assured of Champions League group stage football just yet, as La Liga soccer odds makers know. They lead Valencia by four points in third spot, so could still do with one more win in an ideal world.

 

Atletico Madrid
Diego Simeone’s men are playing like their season is over with successive draws against teams they should be beating, but soccer odds makers have to expect them to raise their game against Barca.

Madrid are still defensively superb, keeping four successive clean sheets and they boast the second best home defence in the division. The question is can they stop Suarez, Neymar and Messi?

 

Barcelona
There is another question here: will Suarez, Neymar and Messi all play? Barca could lose this game and still win La Liga with a home game against 17th placed Deportivo to come, where three points are virtually assured.

I’m also wondering how fresh the players will be physically and mentally after what must have been an exhausting week or so. I know they make it look easy, but those two matches again Bayern were far from it.

The league leaders’ superb away defence shows just 10 goals conceded all season (the exact same as Atleti have conceded at home).

 

Soccer Picks
All of this is making think a tight game is in store, with under 2.5 goals priced at 1.9 (10/11) which I do like for my soccer picks, but I also like the draw a lot. I honestly think Barca would take that and it would also suit Madrid giving them a decent cushion over Valencia.

Free Soccer Pick: Draw 3.6 (13/5)

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