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Top La Liga Matchday 14 Betting Picks

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Top La Liga Matchday 14 Betting Picks
Memphis Depay has scored six goals for Barcelona this season. Photo by Andrey Lukatsky / Orange Pictures / DPPI via AFP.

A brave new era begins in Barcelona this weekend after club legend Xavi returned to take over as manager. We have picks on the Catalan derby, plus several other La Liga Matchday 14 picks.

Xavi will enjoy a baptism by fire this weekend after replacing Ronald Koeman as manager of Barcelona. His team will host local rival Espanyol in an eagerly anticipated Catalan derby, and the fans will demand victory. Elsewhere, champion Atlético Madrid takes on Osasuna, while Real Madrid is up against Granada.

Here are my top betting picks and predictions for the La Liga Matchday 14 schedule (odds via FanDuel, and pick confidence is based on a one-to-five star scale).

La Liga Matchday 14 Picks

Barcelona half-time / full-time vs. Espanyol (-110) ★★★
Atlético Madrid to Beat Osasuna and Under 3.5 Goals (-130) ★★★
Real Madrid to Beat Granada and Under 4.5 Goals (-140) ★★★★

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La Liga Matchday 14 Predictions

Barcelona half-time / full-time vs. Espanyol (-110)

Xavi won eight La Liga titles, four Copa del Rey titles, and four Champions League titles during his glittering career at Barcelona.

He’s since cut his managerial teeth in Qatar, leading Al Sadd to the league and cup double last season. Xavi’s return should galvanize the players during a tumultuous time in this grand club’s history. It was forced to offload stars such as Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann over the summer after suffering through a financial crisis, and the team is currently languishing in ninth place.

Barca is winless over their last four games, and they’ve only secured victory in a third of their matches so far this season. However, the squad has been strong at home, and Espanyol is winless on the road. Barca tends to dominate its local rival, so they should triumph on Saturday.

Atletico Madrid to Beat Osasuna and Under 3.5 Goals (-130)

Osasuna slipped down to seventh in the standings after losing two straight games before the international break. The club is now winless over four contests, taking the shine off a flying start to the season.

Atletico is on a five-match unbeaten streak in La Liga. They trail league leader Real Sociedad by five points with a game in hand.

Atletico has won their last six meetings with Osasuna, with two going Over 3.5 goals. But Osasuna looks more solid defensively this season while averaging only two goals allowed at home. This match could develop into a low-scoring Atletico victory.

Real Madrid to Beat Granada and Under 4.5 Goals (-140)

Granada is currently languishing in 17th place after earning just 11 points from its opening 12 games this season. This game offers a great opportunity for Real Madrid to maintain their impressive momentum. Los Blancos notched three wins and one draw over four games before the international break.

They now trail Sociedad by a point with a game in hand and are the odds-on favorites to win the title.

Real Madrid should overwhelm Granada with their firepower, and Karim Benzema and Vinícius Júnior have been sensational this season. Yet Granada gives up an average of just 2.6 goals during their home games, so it’s hard to see the total going past 4.5.

La Liga Matchday 14 Quick Picks

GamePickNotes
Sevilla vs. AlavésSevilla to win and Under 3.5 Goals (-120)Sevilla should grind out a low-scoring win against a team that struggles on the road.
Elche vs. Real BetisReal Betis to win (+115)This is an excellent opportunity for Betis to return to their winning ways against a technically limited team.
Real Sociedad vs. ValenciaReal Sociedad to win (-135Valencia is unpredictable, but Sociedad has won eight of its 13 games this season, and it should take this match.
Granada vs. Real MadridKarim Benzema to score (-118)Benzema has banged in 10 goals over 11 games this season.

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Picks made 11/19/2021 at 7:36 a.m. ET.