La Liga Tips: Real Madrid to get back on track against Valladolid?

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Last weekend’s 5-1 El Clasico defeat to Barcelona was the final straw for Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui. Santiago Solari is now charged with getting Los Blancos back on track.

The interim manager started well, with victory against Melilla in the Copa Del Rey on Wednesday night. But Real Valladolid will provide a much sterner test.

We’ve previewed that match, alongside a hat-trick of others, in our La Liga preview.

Real Madrid v Real Valladolid (3:15pm, Saturday)

It’s hard to believe just how contrasting the respective form is of these two sides. Real are winless in five La Liga matches, while Valladolid are unbeaten in the same spell – winning four.

Their defence has been watertight in that run. Sergio Gonzalez’s men have conceded just once in the last 403 minutes of league football. Even against Barcelona in August they only lost 1-0.

That points towards a close encounter at the Bernabeu against a Los Blancos side still struggling in-front of goal. There’s 2/1 about Under 2.5 Goals, while a rejuvenated Real are 9/1 to edge the contest 1-0. It’s even-money for the hosts to Win to Nil.

Leganes v Atletico Madrid (12pm, Saturday)

There’s not much history to go on between these two teams. But what history there is, combined with recent league form, points towards an Atletico win at 4/6.

Diego Simeone’s men boast the division’s best defensive record. They’ve also yet to concede a goal in four matches with Leganes – winning 2-0 and 4-0 either side of a pair of 0-0 draws.

They’re 13/10 to Win to Nil on Saturday, with 19/5 about them edging a close encounter 1-0.

Rayo Vallecano v Barcelona (7:45pm, Saturday)

After a three-match winless run in late-September, Barcelona are back in business. The Catalan club have won their last four, and with Lionel Messi back in training, are 2/7 to win this one.

Even without the Argentine ace, Luis Suarez and co. should have little trouble dispatching a Vallecano side which has proved incapable of handling matches against Barca.

Ernesto Valverde’s men have scored four or more against Saturday’s hosts in five of their last six encounters. Barcelona and Over 3.5 Goals is 29/20, with the visitors on a -3 Handicap at 17/4.

Eibar v Alaves (11am, Sunday)

With almost a third of the season gone, not many people would have had Alaves down as Barcelona’s nearest challengers in La Liga. Yet the Basque are doing just that.

The 2001 UEFA Cup Finalists are second in the table with six wins from 10 matches. They’ve edged five of those by a single goal. That leads us to think this one could be tight against lowly Eibar.

Albelardo Fernandez will hope ex-West Ham United man Jonathan Calleri rediscovers his touch for an 11/4 priced away win. Under 3.5 Goals is 2/9, with a 2-0 away win at 12/1.

Click here for the latest La Liga odds.

All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication

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Nick Murphy

Nick is a graduate of the University of East Anglia where he doubled up as the sports editor of the student newspaper Concrete. He also supports Dagenham & Redbridge and previously edited the matchday programme at Victoria Road. Other passions include darts, cricket and horse racing.