La Liga Predictions and Betting Picks – June 27, 2020

By Ben Morris in Soccer
| June 26, 2020 5:57 am PDT
La Liga Predictions June 27

After being overtaken for the second time in the space of a week, Barcelona will be aiming to regain top spot in La Liga when the Catalans visit Galicia this weekend. Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona is one of four games in Spain’s top flight on June 27.

Here is Saturday’s La Liga fixture list in full.

  • Athletic Bilbao vs. Mallorca
  • Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona
  • Osasuna vs. Leganes
  • Atletico Madrid vs. Alaves

Atletico Madrid has the chance to extend their impressive unbeaten run against struggling Alaves, while Mallorca and Leganes both face tricky tests as they continue their respective quests to escape the bottom three.

Keep reading to see my predictions for every La Liga game on June 27, and make sure you check out Saturday’s top betting picks at the end of this post.

Athletic Bilbao to Beat Mallorca

A string of up-and-down results since the restart has left Athletic Bilbao stuck in mid-table. The San Mames outfit entered the unexpected lay-off in tenth place, and after picking up five points from a possible 12 in recent weeks, Gaizka Garitano’s men haven’t moved anywhere in the standings.

Bilbao returned with back-to-back draws against Atletico and Eibar before claiming a slender victory over Real Betis. The Basque club put in a solid defensive performance at Camp Nou last time out, but Barcelona eventually scored with 20 minutes remaining to condemn Bilbao to their first defeat since the resumption.

Meanwhile, Mallorca’s difficult run-in has seen them claim just a single point from their previous four games. A draw with fellow relegation-battler Leganes is the Balearic Islanders’ only positive result this side of the break, while defeats to Barcelona, Villarreal, and most recently Real Madrid have prevented the Palma club from exiting the drop zone.

Mallorca was only promoted from the second tier last year, but a swift return to Segunda Division is looking likely. I expect Athletic to inflict another defeat on Mallorca this weekend.

Barcelona to Beat Celta Vigo

Real Madrid has made it very clear that they are not going to let Barcelona run away with the title this season. Barca’s goalless draw with Sevilla last week allowed Los Blancos to move level on points at the top, so the Catalan giant can’t really afford to drop any more points from now until the end of the campaign.

Comfortable victories over Mallorca and Leganes before the draw with Sevilla, along with a hard-fought win against Bilbao last time out, have kept Barcelona’s dreams of claiming a third consecutive La Liga title alive. But Quique Setien will know that anything other than a win on Saturday won’t be good enough for his side.

However, a trip to face a rejuvenated Celta Vigo team won’t provide Barca with the chance to secure an easy three points. The Sky Blues have only lost one of their four games since the restart, with impressive wins against Alaves (6-0) and Real Sociedad (1-0) lifting the club clear of the relegation zone.

Celta manager Oscar — who played for Barcelona between 1993 and 1999 — will no doubt be eager to get the better of his former employer and extend his side’s promising run. But this will be Celta’s toughest test since returning to action, and I can see them struggling to live with the defending champion.

Osasuna to Beat Leganes

Following successive defeats to Atletico and Valencia, Osasuna got back on track with a narrow victory over Alaves on Wednesday. And when I say narrow, I mean narrow! In a game of very few goalscoring opportunities, Toni Lato scored with the only shot on target for either team throughout the entire 90 minutes.

Overall, it’s been a successful first season back in La Liga for the Pamplona club. Los Rojillos isn’t in any danger of relegation, but they will want to finish the campaign on a high. With a top-half finish still very much within reach, Osasuna will be desperate to claim all three points against lowly Leganes.

If Leganes had any hopes of staging a revival after the restart, I’m sure those hopes have now been quashed. Two points from a possible 12 since the campaign got back underway have done very little to ease the club’s relegation fears, although consecutive draws with Mallorca and Granada have given Javier Aguirre’s men a glimmer of hope.

Despite their recent draws, even a win on Saturday wouldn’t be enough to lift Leganes out of the drop zone. Osasuna should win this game.

Atletico Madrid to Beat Alaves

Atletico Madrid extended their unbeaten run to 11 games in all competitions with their second 1-0 win in four days on Tuesday. It’s fair to say that the capital club dominated proceedings against Levante, but an early Bruno Gonzalez own goal ultimately proved to be the difference between the two sides.

Diego Simeone’s men have been making great strides in their bid to secure Champions League soccer for next season. The 2013/14 champion has spent a large portion of the current campaign outside the top four, but their hot streak has seen them open up a six-point lead over fifth-place Getafe.

Meanwhile, Alaves has been in woeful form. With the exception of an unexpected win against Real Sociedad, the team simply hasn’t gotten going since the restart. Recent defeats to bottom-half rivals Espanyol, Celta, and Osasuna mean that El Glorioso’s safety isn’t yet confirmed.

With a trip to Wanda Metropolitano on the horizon, I can’t help but fear the worst for Alaves. Atletico should make light work of their visitor this weekend.

La Liga Picks for Saturday, June 27

Here are my top La Liga betting picks for Saturday, June 27.

Athletic Bilbao vs. Mallorca – Athletic Bilbao to Win and Under 3.5 Goals (1.95)

The mammoth 16-point gulf between these two sides suggests that Athletic should win this game, and the bookies seem to think so, too. Bilbao is the clear favorite at 1.40, with the away win at 8.00. However, instead of backing the home team to win outright, I believe we can get ourselves a better price.

Athletic and Mallorca have played four games since the restart and have both featured in three games that have produced under 2.5 goals. Furthermore, Bilbao is the lowest scorer in the top half, while only Atletico and Real Madrid have a better defensive record. All the signs are pointing towards a low-scoring home win here.

Osasuna vs. Leganes – Both Teams to Score (2.20)

The price for both teams to score in this matchup is unusually high. Across Europe’s major leagues, this market rarely produces odds over 2.00 and is often as low as 1.30. So, I think this is an excellent opportunity to more than double your money.

Osasuna has conceded in all but one of their games since the restart, and their 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Atletico exposed their defensive weaknesses. It’s also worth mentioning that both teams have scored in four of Leganes’ previous six league games. This clash could easily see goals at both ends of the pitch, so I recommend jumping on this price before it goes down.

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