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La Liga Week 37: Soccer Picks and Predictions

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La Liga Week 37: Soccer Picks and Predictions
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There is plenty of value to be found on big teams like Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the penultimate round of La Liga fixtures.

Getafe vs. Atletico Madrid

Thursday, July 16, 2020 – 03:00 PM EDT

Atletico Madrid are unbeaten since the restart and they now sit third in the table after beating Real Betis 1-0 at the weekend. However, they are level on points with Sevilla, so they need to keep winning in order to nail down a top-three finish. They will be without center-back Mario Hermoso for this game after he was sent off against Betis, but they should have enough strength in depth to cover for his absence.

Getafe have the oldest squad in La Liga and they have struggled with the congested fixture period since the restart. Their squad lacks depth, so they are unable to rotate key players, and they have looked sluggish in the Spanish summer heat. Getafe have won just one of eight games since the season resumed, and they are sliding down the table. Atletico should be able to grind out a narrow victory in this game, with Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata both looking dangerous in front of goal right now.

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Atletico Madrid’s Argentinian coach Diego Simeone (R) gestures as Atletico Madrid’s Colombian defender Santiago Arias prepares for the throw-in during the Spanish league football match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Betis. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP)

Real Madrid vs. Villarreal

Thursday, July 16, 2020 – 03:00 PM EDT

Real Madrid have embarked on an impressive eight-game winning streak since the season resumed and they are now on the brink of clinching the title. Victory in this game could be enough to see them crowned champions, so you can expect a mammoth effort from Zinedine Zidane’s. They have been relentless in picking up wins since the restart, taking their chances and keeping things extremely tight at the back. This could be their sternest test, as Villarreal have also been in fine form. They are up to fifth after winning six out of eight games since La Liga kicked off again.

Villarreal boast plenty of firepower and creativity in the likes of Gerard Moreno, Paco Alcacer and Santi Cazorla, but they did lose 4-1 to Barcelona on July 5, so they may struggle against an elite side like Real Madrid.

  • Soccer Pick: Real Madrid to win and under 4.5 goals at -105 with Bovada
Real Madrid’s Spanish midfielder Marco Asensio celebrates with Real Madrid’s French forward Karim Benzema (R) after scoring a goal. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP)

Real Sociedad vs. Sevilla

Thursday, July 16, 2020 – 03:00 PM EDT

Sevilla are also yet to lose a game since the restart and they should be full of confidence as they prepare for this clash with Real Sociedad. They have rattled off three consecutive victories and they are now breathing down Atletico Madrid’s necks in the race for third place. They should have enough quality within their ranks to get the better of an out-of-sorts Real Sociedad side on Thursday. Imanol Alguacil’s men have been very disappointing this summer. They looked on course to battle for a top-four place, but they have fallen down to eighth after winning just one of their eight matches. They slumped to a 3-2 defeat at home to Granada on Friday, and they face Villarreal tonight, which will not give them much time to rest and prepare for Sevilla’s visit. Lucas Ocampos has been in superb form for Sevilla and he has the quality to unlock this Real Sociedad defense.

  • Soccer Pick: Sevilla draw no bet at -125 with Bovada
Sevilla’s Argentinian midfielder Lucas Ocampos (3R) celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match between Sevilla FC and RCD Mallorca at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville on July 12, 2020. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP)

Valencia vs. Espanyol

Thursday, July 16, 2020 – 03:00 PM EDT

Espanyol have now lost seven games in a row and they are going down with a whimper. They are guaranteed to finish bottom of the table, despite finishing seventh last term and qualifying for the Europa League. They sold their two best players in the summer – Hermoso and Borja Iglesias – and failed to replace them with sufficient quality. They changed managers and brought in Raul de Tomas in January, but it was too little, too late. Hopes of a great escape were quickly dashed after the restart, and the club is now in disarray.

It has been a poor season for Valencia too. They have also sacked two managers during the campaign, and they are down to ninth after an embarrassing 1-0 defeat to Leganes at the weekend. Yet they will be keen to produce a strong finish to the season, and they should be able to beat this woeful Espanyol side.

  • Soccer Pick: Valencia to win and under 4.5 goals at -120 with Bovada