La Liga Predictions and Best Bets – November 6-8, 2020
La Liga has long been a battle between Real Madrid and Barcelona, but there are signs in the opening months of the new season that the two Spanish giants may not have everything their own way this year.
Whether that means one of Real or Barca won’t be lifting the league title at the end of the season remains to be seen. But clubs like Real Sociedad and Cadiz are certainly enjoying their time in the sun at the moment.
Here is a quick look at every game match day nine in La Liga – plus some of the best bets to look out for this weekend.
Elche to Beat Celta Vigo
The weekend of Spanish soccer kicks off on Friday night in Alicante, as Elche looks to continue its good form against Celta Vigo. The usual rule of thumb with Celta is, if Iago Aspas scores it has a chance of doing well. But the veteran striker has been very quiet this season so far and that has been reflected in the club’s results.
Elche has used its relatively easy fixture list in the last few weeks to amass some early season points and will be confident of another victory – even after the defeat to Real Betis last weekend.
Eibar to Beat Huesca
Two of the smallest clubs in La Liga meet up in the early game on Sunday and the fixture will be seen by both managers as an opportunity to pick up some much-needed points. Huesca has found life very difficult so far and looks like repeating the poor showing of its only other season ever in the top tier two years ago.
Eibar has a little more pedigree in the top-flight now – and overachieves for a club of its size if anything – and will be pleased that October brought in a few points after a slow start to the season. More goals are needed though and Kike will be the main threat up front for the Basque Country side.
Barcelona to Beat Real Betis
Barcelona is in a state of chaos and confusion at the minute and desperately needs some more points to climb up the La Liga table and challenge at the top. The Champions League is the respite at the current time – and the win against Dynamo Kyiv continued its 100% record in the group this week.
League form has been woeful, however. Ronald Koeman may rail at the injustices his team is supposedly facing but performances have not been good. That being said, a Real Betis win in the Camp Nou on Sunday would still be a huge shock.
Sevilla and Osasuna to Draw
The 2019/20 season was a huge success for Sevilla, culminating in yet another triumph in the Europa League – a competition that the club just about treats as its own now. The start of the La Liga campaign suggested that the good fortune would continue. But there have been three straight defeats now in the league.
Osasuna will feel as though there is a chance of taking something from this game after looking good in the last few weeks. The defeat at home to Atletico Madrid halted a three-game unbeaten streak, but a tight defense could help to earn a point in Seville on Sunday.
Atletico Madrid to Beat Cadiz
It has been a wonderful season so far for Cadiz, as the Andalusia club has surprised many pundits in its first year back in La Liga since 2006. The win away at Real Madrid has been the obvious highlight, but the club is now going into this fixture on the back of a five-game unbeaten streak.
But Atletico Madrid is unbeaten in all six of the games it has played so far and is benefitting from the addition of Luis Suarez to the squad after his move from Barcelona in the summer. A long trip back from Moscow in midweek may take its toll, but this should still end in a home win.
Getafe and Villarreal to Draw
Getafe has annoyed a number of opponents this season with its tough tackling tactics this season. But the game plan has just about worked so far, with the Madrid club holding its own in a league full of much wealthier and bigger clubs.
Villarreal might have to look out for the way Getafe plays but can point to some very good results as proof that it belongs in the top four at the current time. More goals will be probably be needed if the Yellow Submarine is to stay in that lofty position – but it might be a low-scoring draw that is on the cards here.
Real Sociedad to Beat Granada
Real Sociedad showed last season that it should not be underestimated, qualifying for the Europa League and reaching the final of the Copa del Rey. But results this year have been even more impressive as the Basque Country club sits top of the La Liga table going into this game.
The big clubs have been avoided so far, but Imanol’s side has still put in the hard work and has another excellent chance to keep Real Madrid at bay this weekend. Granada has played well too – especially in Europe – but La Real should have another three points to celebrate on Sunday.
Alaves to Beat Levante
Alaves should take a lot of pride in holding on for a point against Barcelona last weekend – especially after being reduced to ten men after the dismissal of Jota on the hour mark. That result should raise belief in the team as it travels to the east coast this weekend.
Levante has already found its usual place towards the bottom of the league and will more than likely be involved in a relegation battle later in the season. The draw with Granada last weekend was a positive for Paco Lopez and his players but this is going to be another tough campaign for the club.
Athletic Bilbao to Beat Valladolid
This looks like a great opportunity for Athletic to pick up some more points, as it travels south to play one of only two clubs not to have won a single game in La Liga this season. The Basque side has been largely disappointing so far, but will be confident of winning against a team that has scored even fewer goals than itself.
Valladolid has failed to score at all in the last two games and continues to struggle at the foot of the table. It was the many draws that afforded the side its mid table security last season, but that doesn’t seem to be the case this year.
Real Madrid to Beat Valencia
The goings on at arch-rivals Barcelona may be enjoyed by the Real faithful but they are only masking what has been a frustrating campaign for the club so far. Although Los Blancos are second in the league, the Champions League campaign has been less successful – and that’s why the 3-2 win against Inter in the week will have been warmly welcomed.
Everything is relative, of course, and Valencia is having a much worse time of things than its host this weekend. A penalty deep into stoppage time salvaged a point against Getafe last weekend (after the Madrid club had taken the lead in the 90th minute) but things are not looking at the Mestalla.
My Top La Liga Picks for November 6-8, 2020
- Elche to beat Celta Vigo +265
- Eibar to beat Huesca +260
- Alaves to beat Levante +215
All three of these games have BetOnline offering attractive win odds for clubs coming up against much weaker teams. Eibar should easily be able to beat Huesca – even though it is away from home – at that is the case for Alaves at Levante as well.
Elche enjoys playing at home and shouldn’t be too worried about welcoming a poor Celta Vigo side to town. So I think any of these three should be looked at as a good chance of bringing in some winning returns.