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PREVIEW: All eyes on El-Classico ahead of Laliga week 26

Sunday’s El Classico takes much of the focus in Laliga this weekend. But catch all the action as it happens from Valladolid vs Bilbao on Friday night.

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Sunday’s El Classico takes much of the focus in Laliga this weekend. But catch all the action as it happens from Valladolid vs Bilbao on Friday night.

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Friday 17 March

Real Valladolid 51/20 | Draw 24/10 | Athletic Bilbao 11/10 (22:00)

Real Valladolid will welcome their return to the Jose Zorrilla Stadium where they are unbeaten in three games, with wins over Valencia and Espanyol in between a draw with Osasuna. Bilbao, on the other hand, are winless in their last five games with four defeats, including a 1-0 loss at Osasuna in the Copa del Rey. I’m backing Valladolid on the Win/Draw Double Chance at 13/20.

Saturday 18 March

Almeria 11/10 | Draw 24/10 | Cadiz 5/2 (15:00)

With five defeats in their last six games, Almeria will be desperate for a win against Cadiz as they look to leapfrog the Andalusian side on the La Liga standings in their bid to move out of the relegation zone. Cadiz are unbeaten in their last three games, with a win over Rayo Vallecano followed by back-to-back draws against Real Sociedad and Getafe. Their away form is less impressive though with three defeats and a draw from their last four on the road. I’m going to go with the home win – tentatively so.

Rayo Vallecano 21/20 | Draw 24/10 | Girona 26/10 (17:15)

Both sides have struggled with consistency this season, though Girona have been in form lately, winning two of their last three league games. But given their struggles on the road, this game provides Rayo Vallecano with the ideal opportunity to bag all three points. Rather than pick a winner though, I’m going with Both Teams To Score at 9/10.

Espanyol 37/20 | Draw 43/20 | Celta Vigo 16/10 (19:30)

Following back-to-back defeats on the road, Espanyol will be delighted to return to the RCDE Stadium when they host Celta Vigo this weekend. The Catalans claimed a 2-1 victory over Mallorca in their last home game and will be confident of beating Carlos Carvalhal’s side again having knocked them out of the Copa del Rey with a 3-1 victory at the beginning of the year. They also took all three points on their home turf against Celta in La Liga last season. The home win is tipped.

Atletico Madrid 13/20 | Draw 28/10 | Valencia 46/10 (22:00)

Atletico Madrid will be looking to continue their fine form at the Wanda Metropolitano when they host Valencia in the final game on Saturday. Diego Simeone’s side are unbeaten in their last four home games, with three wins, including a 6-1 dismantling of Sevilla last time out. Valencia, on the other hand, have lost their last six away games and only sit above the relegation zone on goal difference. The home win looks a top bet.

Sunday 19 March

Real Betis 17/20 | Draw 47/20 | Mallorca 37/10 (15:00)

Real Betis will be looking to return to winning ways after back-to-back draws against Real Madrid and Villarreal. Prior to those results, Manuel Pellegrini’s side had registered three consecutive wins, beating Almeria, Real Valladolid and Elche. Betis will welcome Mallorca to the Benito Villamarin Stadium up next and will be confident of securing all three points against the Palma side who have lost their last five on the road. Back the home win.

Osasuna 2/1 | Draw 22/10 | Villarreal 15/10 (17:15)

After a dismal run of two wins in 12 games, Osasuna will be looking to turn their recent disappointments around, with the team still in the argument for a top-six finish at this stage of the campaign. The Pamplona outfit host Villarreal at the El Sadar Stadium, and their three wins from their last four meetings with the Yellow Submarine will give them confidence heading into the tie. The away side are unbeaten in their last three games, with wins over Getafe and Almeria, followed by a draw against Real Betis. A tight affair is expected, with the sides tipped to share the spoils.

Real Sociedad 7/20 | Draw 39/10 | Elche 8/1 (19:15)

Real Sociedad have endured a difficult run of form recently and have only won once in their last five league games. Fortunately for Imanol Alguacil’s men, they have a chance to pick up a much-needed three points against rock-bottom Elche whom they’ve beaten in each of their last five meetings. The home win is the way to go.

Getafe 2/1 | Draw 2/1 | Sevilla 31/20 (22:00)

Getafe will be hoping to make it three straight home wins in the league for the first time this season. The Madrid-based outfit welcome Sevilla to the Coliseum Alfonso Perez on Sunday looking to move out of the relegation zone. Jorge Sampaoli’s side moved up four places to 13th in the table after their 2-1 home victory over struggling Almeria. The Rojiblancos will be confident of picking up maximum points against Getafe having won the last seven meetings. There’s nice value on the away win. Get on.

Barcelona 12/10 | Draw 5/2 | Real Madrid 9/4 (22:00)

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