Soccer Picks & Tips for Barcelona vs. Rayo Vallecano

Nila Amerova

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 7:28 PM GMT

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 7:28 PM GMT

Barcelona host Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou in week 24 Primera Division betting. Here’s a primer on this pivotal clash that has table implications and our select soccer picks for your consideration.

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Barcelona Back On Top

Barcelona are back to the top of Primera Division but they occupy the coveted spot by the slimmest edge possible over their rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid –  only by goal difference are they ahead in the rankings. Otherwise, all three clubs are dead level on 57 points going into week 24 Primera Division betting, marking the height of the three-horse race to the title and, at the same time, ensuring that the race towards the business end of the season will be fraught with anxiety and nerve-wracking action.

As things currently stand in futures betting markets, Barcelona have the market cornered on fancied -110 soccer odds to win the title but Real Madrid are nipping at their heels at +125, too close for comfort really. Both established favourites however receive the benefit of breathing room where Atleti are concerned, as sportsbooks (ye of little faith) list the “other” Madrid club at whopping +900 soccer odds, a price that stands in stark contrast to the current landscape in Spain.

Barcelona are faced with a relatively straightforward clash with relegation-mired Rayo Vallecano at the weekend in order to advance their cause in the table. Predictably, Barcelona are listed as the whopping, runaway favourites at -1400 to win outright at Bet365.

Barcelona are a convincing 18-3-2 on the season, which includes a nigh flawless 10-0-1 mark at Camp Nou. Most frightening for their visitors is the offensive might of Blaugrana that has already produced 63 goals and conceded just 17. The race to the title is tighter than an accountant’s wallet, only goals lift Barcelona ahead of the chasing pack, so you can bet Barcelona will be looking to grow that goal tally significantly at the expense of Rayo Vallecano.

Rayo Vallecano are currently 19th in the table on the back of a discouraging 6-2-15 mark on the season and 20 points. Neither home form nor road form, which is 3-2-7 to date, is worth noting. What’s more, their odds are set at a ridiculous +2800 to win outright, which is a soccer pick only the most diehard fan would entertain. A price such as theirs says one thing and one thing only, the chances of such an upset occurring are slim to none.

Most concerning aspect is they’ve only scored 25 goals to date (an average of about a goal a game) and conceded a whopping 52 (an average of 2.16 goals a game). Breaking down their accounts further and looking at just their road form, they’ve scored nine goals over 12 games and conceded 24 goals, which amounts to less than a goal a game scored and two goals against per game.

Barcelona vs. Rayo Vallecano match betting tips and picks:

Undoubtedly, this is a home banker but at -1400 to win outright at Bet365, backing Barcelona in moneyline markets is hardly worth it. The real soccer betting value in this match is in periphery markets. So here’s a selection for your consideration.

If you are looking to add this clash on your wagering ticket at the weekend, take the Over 2.5 at -450. At the moment, it’s only a goal differential that’s boosted Barcelona ahead of their rivals and so it follows, in the event all three win their clashes at the weekend, Barcelona will be looking to maintain that edge on goal differential.

Over and above the totals, the recommended value soccer picks are Barcelona to win both halves at -333 as well as Barcelona on the handicap at -3 +140.

Soccer Free Picks: Barcelona to win outright; Over 2.5 at -450 and Barca to win both halves at -333
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