Pick Real Madrid Over Celta To Keep Title Hopes Alive

Nila Amerova

Thursday, May 8, 2014 3:32 PM UTC

Thursday, May. 8, 2014 3:32 PM UTC

Celta and Real Madrid collide in La Liga week 37 betting with the visitors looking to get back on the winning track. Will Real Madrid get the crucial “W” or will the hosts turn the odds in their favour? Here’s a primer on this clash complete with soccer free picks.

Real Madrid title hopes fading
Although Real Madrid have turned a corner on the European front, on the verge of ending a 12-year title drought in Champions League, their La Liga title hopes have suffered a major setback with back-to-back draws against Valencia and Real Valladolid.

Slipping to third place in the La Liga table on the back of 26-6-4 mark and 84 points, they are four points behind Atletico Madrid at the top of the table with just two games left in the season. As a result, they are priced at large +6600 soccer odds to win La Liga this season. The coveted La Liga title now appears to be the exclusive province of Atletico, matched at -125 to win outright, and possibly even Barcelona, who is three points behind Atleti, and listed attractively at +100.

If Real Madrid are to make a run of it, their upcoming clash with Celta is a must-win. Anything short of a victory here, and their title prospects are done, and done. That puts a lot of pressure on Los Blancos as they travel to Celta on Sunday.

Celta de Vigo are currently sitting ninth in the table with a 13-7-16 mark, and 46 points. Their 'Top Ten' assignation suggests they won’t be pushovers. Their recent form, which consists of a four-game unbeaten streak, confirms this notion.

Since falling to falling to Rayo Vallecano 3-0 earlier this month, Celta have reeled off three wins and a draw – 2-2 against Real Sociedad, 4-2 against Almeria, 4-1 against Real Valladolid, and 2-0 against Osasuna. Importantly, they’ve been scoring freely over this run of form, netting 12 goals and conceding five.

Celta de Vigo vs. Real Madrid match betting tips and picks:
Sportsbooks have released a rather lopsided soccer betting line on this clash with Real Madrid, the hefty -250 road favourites. Although their body of work in La Liga warrants such favourable odds, recent form stands in stark contrast to those odds as Real Madrid have settled on back-to-back draws. The most worrisome aspect about this blip: both draws came to sides they should have beaten handily, so soccer bettors can’t take anything for granted.

Celta will fancy their chances of a result against Real Madrid, surely. They have home advantage for this clash as well as good form, although sportsbooks aren’t buying what they are selling, matching a home win at hefty +550 soccer odds. Heck, even the draw is listed at +400 soccer odds.

Soccer Betting Verdict:
All trends suggest Real Madrid should win this match. Earlier this season, Real Madrid beat Celta 3-0 at home. And last season, Real swept the double by a score of 6-1. So if these trends hold true, Real Madrid are the correct play on your soccer picks at -250 to win outright. As well, the Over 2.5 at -225 would be a good additional option.

That said Real’s form has taken a bit of a nosedive at this late vantage point. Perhaps reaching the Champions League final – a long held objective – took the wind out of their wings. There was a marked dip in intensity and purpose to their last couple of games in La Liga, which have cost them the domestic title. All this suggests Celta’s improbable shot at the win or draw might not be so improbable after all. Still, would you be willing to back it on your soccer picks? Few would be so brave.

While there is an argument to be had about it being too late to salvage the domestic title now, isn’t that what champions are meant to do. Rise to the occasion when their backs are against the wall. Of course, it remains to be seen how much they are willing to risk in this game with Champions League action looming on the horizon in a few weeks time. But one would expect Real Madrid to go down with a fight at the very least. 

Free Soccer Pick: Real Madrid to win outright at -250; Over 2.5 at -225

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