Real Madrid to continue to shine under Mourinho’s guidance

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Real Madrid appear to have overcome their early-season difficulties under Jose Mourinho and it seems virtually impossible that they will collect anything other than three points when they host Racing Santander.

Madrid have won 26 of their last 29 games at the Bernabeu and are still unbeaten since Mourinho took charge in the summer.

They are also the top scorers in La Liga with 16 goals and are unsurprisingly short at 1/8 to beat Racing, who are still searching for their first away victory of the campaign.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain are the main candidates to be the game’s first goalscorer and are 2/1 and 5/2 respectively in this market.

Real have also won their last six showdowns with Racing and have kept clean sheets on five of these occasions.

Barcelona are currently one point adrift of Real Madrid at the head of La Liga and have a much harder task to take three points at Zaragoza.

Pep Guardiola’s team have won the last four meetings with Zaragoza and are suitably strong at La Romerada, where they have won on four of their last five visits.

Barcelona are 2/9 to beat Zaragoza, with the league’s bottom side 12/1 to claim their first home success of the campaign.

Lionel Messi already has three La Liga goals for Barcelona this season and is 9/4 to break the deadlock against Zaragoza.

The other televised Saturday La Liga game sees Valencia entertain Mallorca in the hope of maintaining their unbeaten start to the season at home.

Valencia are 4/7 to beat Mallorca despite struggling for victories in their most recent clashes with the opposition.

However, they have lost just one of the last 23 meetings at home.

Mallorca are another team still waiting for a first away victory of the season and they are 5/1 to beat Valencia.

Barcelona are the 8/11 favourites to win La Liga, with Real Madrid 11/10. See the full La Liga betting odds market.p>

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.