Predictions and Best Bets for La Liga Round 29 (March 18-20, 2022)

| March 16, 2022 5:04 am PDT

Are you ready for the next installment of El Clasico?

Of course, Real Madrid is running away with the La Liga title. But Barcelona always rises to the occasion. The bitter rivals go head-to-head on Sunday, March 20, but not before the other nine fixtures on the Round 29 schedule.

Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid travels to Rayo Vallecano. There is also the small matter of Sevilla vs. Real Sociedad to look forward to, as well as Real Betis’ trip to Celta Vigo.

You can find all of my Round 29 La Liga predictions below. On top of that, I have scoured the best La Liga betting sites to find the top picks for Round 29. Make sure you stick around for those!

Atletico Madrid to Beat Rayo Vallecano

Atletico Madrid heads into Round 29 on the back of a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League. Tuesday’s win at Old Trafford means that Diego Simeone’s men have booked their spot in the UCL quarter-finals for the sixth time in nine seasons.

Away from the European stage, things are also going well for Atletico on home soil. Of course, the reigning La Liga champions won’t defend their domestic crown this year. But they have won each of their last four league games.

Thanks to their recent hot streak, Simeone’s men find themselves fourth in the La Liga standings – 19 points ahead of thirteenth-place Rayo Vallecano.

The Vallecans have failed to win any of their previous eight matches across all competitions, suffering six defeats along the way. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that I’m backing Atletico to beat Rayo on Saturday.

Villarreal to Beat Cadiz

Across the past 15 rounds, only Real Madrid (36) and Barcelona (34) have collected more points than Villarreal (29). That tells you everything you need to know about the Yellow Submarine’s recent rise.

Unai Emery’s boys have lost just one of their last seven La Liga games, picking up five victories in the process. When you look at the bigger picture, they have won nine of their previous 13 league encounters.

On the flip side, the Pirates have only managed to win one of their past seven matches in all competitions. Having claimed just two victories across the past 15 rounds, Cadiz looks set to suffer back-to-back defeats this weekend.

I’m backing the Yellow Submarine to sink the Pirates. See what I did there?

Sevilla to Beat Real Sociedad

I wouldn’t be surprised if Sevilla remained unbeaten until the end of the season. Julen Lopetegui’s men are currently enjoying a 14-game unbeaten streak in La Liga, having last tasted defeat all the way back in November.

Granted, a run of six draws in eight games has all but ended Sevilla’s title bid. But the Andalusians will be confident of adding another win to their lengthy unbeaten streak against Real Sociedad.

As for the White and Blues, they find themselves in sixth place – nine points behind second-place Sevilla. They are by no means in a bad position, but they are not on the same level as Sevilla.

Let’s not forget that Sevilla boasts the best defensive record in the division. Having conceded a measly 19 goals in 28 outings, Lopetegui’s men should get the better of a Sociedad side that has outscored just six La Liga teams this season.

Real Madrid to Beat Barcelona

There is absolutely no denying that Xavi has transformed Barcelona. Only a few months ago, the chances of the Catalans finishing in the top four were extremely. Now, they will be disappointed if they don’t secure Champions League soccer for next season.

Not only have Xavi’s boys won each of their last four La Liga games, but they have also won six of their previous seven. Oh, and did I mention that they are also enjoying a 12-game unbeaten run in the league?

That said, there is no hiding from the fact that first-place Real Madrid leads third-place Barcelona by a whopping 15 points. Although the Catalans have upped their game of late, Los Blancos should be too strong.

It is worth remembering that Real Madrid beat Barca in the Supercopa de Espana back in January. Sunday’s Clasico is destined to be a close-fought battle, but I’m confident Los Blancos will come out on top.

Remaining La Liga Round 29 Predictions

Here are the rest of my La Liga predictions for Round 29.

  • Athletic Bilbao to Beat Getafe
  • Alaves and Granada to Draw
  • Valencia to Beat Elche
  • Osasuna and Levante to Draw
  • Espanyol to Beat Mallorca
  • Celta Vigo and Real Betis to Draw

I can see Athletico Bilbao and Espanyol winning on home soil this weekend. Bilbao faces a Getafe team that is currently on a five-game winless run, while Espanyol has the chance to inflict a sixth straight defeat on Mallorca.

Elsewhere, I expect Alaves vs. Granada, Osasuna vs. Levante, and Celta Vigo vs. Real Betis to be drawn. I also expect Valencia to claim a road victory over Elche. After all, the Bats have won two of their past three outings.

Top La Liga Picks for Round 29

It’s time to wrap things up by checking out the best bets for La Liga Round 29.

Elche vs. Valencia – Valencia to Win2.45
Rayo Vallecano vs. Atletico Madrid – Atletico Madrid to Win1.95
Real Madrid vs. Barcelona – Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 Goals1.90

I’m confident that Valencia and Atletico will beat Elche and Rayo, respectively. With Valencia and Atletico playing away from home this weekend, the odds are too good to miss.

El Clasico is always crazy, right? Sparks invariably fly when Real Madrid and Barcelona lock horns, so I’m backing both teams to score and over 2.5 goals. In case you need convincing, the last four Clasicos have produced a combined total of 15 goals.

If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out my Serie A predictions and betting picks for Round 30.

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.

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