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La Liga Predictions, Picks, and Best Bets for June 16

| June 15, 2020 9:15 am PDT
La Liga June 16th 2020

There are three games in Spain’s top tier for us to look forward to on Tuesday. It goes without saying that Barcelona vs. Leganes is the biggest mismatch in La Liga this week, but the other two games on June 16 should be closely fought.

Here are Tuesday’s La Liga fixtures in full.

  • Getafe vs. Espanyol
  • Villarreal vs. Mallorca
  • Barcelona vs. Leganes

Bottom club Espanyol faces a tricky away trip to Champions League hopeful Getafe, while Mallorca visits Villarreal. In Tuesday’s late kickoff, leader Barcelona welcomes relegation struggler Leganes to Camp Nou.

In this post, I share my best bets, predictions, and picks for each La Liga game on June 16 before assessing the best bets for Tuesday’s games.

Getafe to Beat Espanyol

It’s safe to say that things didn’t go to plan for Getafe in their first game back following the three-month lay-off. The Madrid outfit would’ve been confident of breaking into the top four with a victory over an inconsistent Granada side, but that didn’t happen.

In fact, Getafe threw away the lead in their previous game and eventually lost 2-1. David Timor put the Azulones ahead with a superb long-range strike midway through the first half, but Granada scored two goals in the space of nine second-half minutes to inflict defeat on Getafe.

Meanwhile, Espanyol claimed just their fifth victory of the season with a totally dominant display against Alaves last weekend. Sure, the Barcelona club remains bottom of the table. But goals from Bernardo Espinosa and Wu Lei mean that Espanyol is now only three points from safety.

Abelardo’s men may have given themselves a platform to avoid relegation, but there is no hiding from the fact that they have picked up exactly half as many points as Getafe this season. I’m expecting Getafe to bounce back with a win over La Liga’s bottom club.

Villarreal to Beat Mallorca

It looked as though Villarreal was going to be held to a draw by Celta Vigo last weekend. The Yellow Submarine enjoyed the lion’s share of the possession in their previous game and racked up a whopping 14 shots, but Javier Calleja’s side couldn’t find a way through. However, Manu Trigueros eventually netted an injury-time winner to secure all three points.

Villarreal’s persistence has kept the club in contention for a place in next season’s Europa League. Last weekend’s victory saw them maintain eighth place in the standings, and now seventh-place Valencia is only two points ahead.

It’s hardly surprising that Mallorca failed to get anything from their game against Barcelona on Saturday. In fairness, the Balearic Islanders created a number of goalscoring opportunities against the league leader. But there is no denying that the 4-0 thrashing was a fair result.

Mallorca has been in and around the drop zone all season, and their woeful defensive record — the worst in the division — has prevented the team from steering clear of relegation trouble. Ultimately, Villarreal should be too strong for Mallorca on Tuesday.

Barcelona to Beat Leganes

When Arturo Vidal opened the scoring after just 65 seconds against Mallorca, Barcelona was always going to win their first game back. Lionel Messi assisted Martin Braithwaite and Jordi Alba to put Barca 3-0 up, and the Argentine magician put the icing on the cake by netting his team’s fourth and final goal in stoppage time.

All in all, it was a comfortable victory for the reigning champion. The unexpected break doesn’t seem to have impacted Barcelona’s form, so Quique Setien’s side is expected to put in another commanding performance against one of La Liga’s lesser teams.

Leganes remains second from bottom following a 2-1 defeat to Valladolid in their first game after the restart. Despite recording almost 70% possession last time out, Leganes failed to make the most of their dominance and was made to pay for their wastefulness.

Indeed, Los Pepineros has struggled to hit the back of the next throughout the 2019/20 campaign. No team in La Liga has scored fewer goals than Leganes this season, and I can’t see that changing anytime soon, especially with a trip to Camp Nou on the horizon.

La Liga Picks for Tuesday, June 16

I have decided to feature two bets from Tuesday’s fixtures that I believe offer great value. Here are my top La Liga picks for June 16.

Getafe vs. Espanyol – Getafe to Win (1.91)

I’m aware that Getafe was beaten in their previous games and Espanyol returned to action with a win, but I think normal service will be resumed in this matchup. Getafe has enjoyed an excellent season so far, while Espanyol is still rooted to the foot of the table.

Given the gulf in quality between the two sides, I can’t believe the bookies are giving us the chance to almost double our money by backing the home side here.

Barcelona vs. Leganes – Barcelona to Win and Keep a Clean Sheet (1.74)

As I mentioned earlier, Leganes is the lowest-scoring side in La Liga this season. By contrast, Barcelona is the division’s highest scorer by some distance. Considering the respective goalscoring records of the two teams, it’s no surprise that the price for the Barcelona win is just 1.13.

However, if you add the clean sheet market into the mix, the odds become far more attractive. Barcelona has been very solid at the back since Setien took over in January, so I can’t see Leganes getting on the scoresheet on Tuesday.

If you want to follow my predictions and picks for this week’s La Liga games, make sure you head over to our top-rated online soccer betting sites to get the best odds.

Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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