Real Madrid vs. Valencia Soccer Picks: Los Blancos Quest for La Liga Leadership & Title Continues

Nikki Adams

Friday, May 8, 2015 6:40 PM GMT

Friday, May. 8, 2015 6:40 PM GMT

Undoubtedly, this is the game of the weekend to spot on your soccer picks as Real Madrid look to keep the pressure on Barcelona in the title race and we've got a handy soccer betting preview & picks.

Real Madrid Must-Win
Real Madrid are faced with a must-win game with Valencia if they hope to keep the pressure on Barcelona in the title race. As it is, Barcelona lead the La Liga table with a 28-3-4 mark and 87 points. Merely two points ahead of Real Madrid with three games left on the season.

Any misstep by Real Madrid in the last three games could effectively ship the title to the Catalan capital. Valencia pose a tough obstacle this weekend for Ancelotti and his Los Blancos, all while mindful of their Champions League commitments next week, the second leg of their tie with Juventus at the Bernabeau which is delicately poised on a 2-1 score with the Italians to the good.

Indeed this is one of the toughest weeks of the season for Real Madrid, faced with a legitimate top four contender in La Liga at the weekend before locking horns with Juventus as they attempt to continue their Champions League title defence campaign.

As it is, the Soccer odds makers look favourably upon Real Madrid in week 36 of La Liga betting. Los Blancos are firmly installed as the -250 favourites to win outright on the soccer betting board, a market stance underscored by their solid form on the season as a whole and at home as well. They are 28-1-6 in 35 laps of La Liga betting with 85 points, which includes a 15-1-1 mark at home.  Most impressively, they've shipped 56 goals at the Bernabeu and conceded just 10 goals in 17 games.

Real are undefeated in 15 straight games at home, a run of form comprised of 14 wins and one draw. Their last home defeat was a 2-1 loss to Atletico Madrid in September. Since then, they've reeled of nine straight wins before a 1-1 draw to Villarreal in March and kept nine clean sheets, including the 3-0 win over Almeria at the weekend.

 

Valencia Look to Clinch Top 4 
Valencia are keen to clinch a top four finish in La Liga. As it is, they are ranked fourth behind a 21-9-5 mark and 72 points. They are three points clear of Sevilla – their nearest threat for a top four finish – with just three games left on the season. Top 4 is definitely attainable, so long as they continue their push towards the finish line.

Valencia are riding a three-game undefeated streak into week 36 La Liga betting, which includes two wins and a draw. They beat lightweights Eibar and Granada by a combined score of 7-1 and settled on a 1-1 draw to Rayo Vallecano. Their last defeat was a 2-0 defeat on the road at Camp Nou.

It's interesting to note that Valencia have not lost the last two meetings with thee might Madrilenos. On the last meeting in January, Valencia served a 2-1 win over Real Madrid at home. As well, at the tail end of last season, they forced a 2-2 draw on Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. That positive run of form is going to hold them in good stead for this game, despite the overwhelming La Liga soccer odds that price them at +700 for the outright win and +375 for the draw.

 

Soccer Betting Verdict
If Real Madrid are to make it a dogfight for the title, they must win this game. They haven't given up on the La Liga title, even though Barcelona's soaring high on superb form right now and that is encouraging for Real fans.

One has to believe with the millions of dollars traipsing up and down their pitch, they have the quality and skill to win this game. Hence, they are a good soccer pick at -250 to win outright. That said, Valencia can't be taken too lightly. They've been shaking things up in La Liga behind a solid season, so they're not averse to playing party spoilers either.

Soccer Picks: Real Madrid to win outright at -250 at Bet365.

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