Life could hardly be any better in the Real Madrid camp right now. The Galacticos’ victory over San Lorenzo in the Club World Cup was their fourth trophy in 2014, taking a place in the cabinet next to the Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup and, of course, the fabled La Decima, their tenth Champions League crown. They are top of La Liga with a game in hand, setting all kinds of records both at home and abroad. Additionally, Cristiano Ronaldo is almost certain to retain the Ballon d’Or. And to complete an almost perfect year – bitter rivals Barcelona will now effectively be unable to sign any more players until January 2016. This could allow Madrid to further increase a widening gap between the two Clasico clubs that will be of utmost concern to the Catalans.
Atletico Madrid 1/5
Champions Atletico Madrid will get 2015 underway in La Liga as they host struggling Levante. Atletico annihilated Athletic Bilbao 4-1 in their last match of 2014. A second-half hat-trick from Antoine Griezmann inspired the victory as Atletico came from behind to trounce the home side. Atletico have been excellent at home this season, losing just once and winning six of their eight matches. Levante have struggled on the road, winning just once. Atletico have beaten Levante at home in all of the last six meetings. The home win is a banker bet.
Celta Vigo 42/10
Sevilla lost fourth spot to Valencia as they were held to a goalless draw at home to Eibar last time out. They will host a Celta Vigo side who will be looking to start the year off much differently than how they ended 2014. They have lost five on the trot and were beaten 1-0 by Almeria at home in their last game. Sevilla are good value to get back to winning ways.
Elche and Villarreal are at opposite ends of the form table. Elche have lost their last four games while Villarreal have managed to win their last five. Elche have shown some promise at home recently like losing only 2-1 to Atletico Madrid and beating Valladolid 1-0 in the cup. The sides have drawn the last two meetings and the draw is tipped for a third consecutive time.
Athletic Bilbao 13/10
Deportivo were beaten 3-0 away to Villarreal last time out but will return to their home ground where they have accumulated five points from their last three matches. Athletic Bilbao have failed to win a match in their last three and are coming off a 4-1 thrashing from Atletico Madrid. They have also been poor away from home, winning just two travels and losing four of their eight. Back Deportivo for the win at a valuable 21/10.
Since losing 2-1 to Real Madrid, Malaga have won their last three league matches and will be confident of a fourth when they host an Almeria side who are looking likely to be involved in the relegation scrap all season. Almeria have performed better on the road than at home but Malaga have been solid at home having conceded just four times in eight games – the joint second-best defensive home record. The home win is a sure bet.
Rayo Vallecano 23/10
Getafe are coming off a 1-1 draw away to Granada and managed to hold Barcelona to a goalless draw in their last home match. Rayo Vallecano have been poor having lost their last three games, scoring just one goal. These sides last met in May 2014 towards the end of the 2013/14 season with Getafe coming out 2-1 victors away from home. Back the home win.
Real Madrid 11/20
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Espanyol have won four of their last five games in all competitions with the only blemish coming against giants Barcelona. Eibar have done well on the road recently but Espanyol’s attack should prove too strong for the minnows. Espanyol have lost just once at home this season and look a good bet at 8/10 here.
Real Sociedad 82/10
David Moyes has managed to gain some valuable points since arriving at Real Sociedad. However, he faces the mammoth task of taking on a Barcelona team who will be looking to avenge their defeat in this fixture last season. Barca are coming off a 5-0 thrashing of Cordoba and are tipped to start the year off on a positive note.
These are two of the lowest scoring sides in the league and little separates them. Cordoba have won just one match this season and are yet to win at home. However, they have lost only three home games, drawing five times. Granada have conceded far too many away goals, seventeen, and home advantage could finally pay off for Cordoba. Back the home win.
10-leg La Liga Multiple Price - 639/1