La Liga Tips: Can Real Madrid make ground on Barcelona?
After a round of mid-week Copa del Rey fixtures for those left in the competition, it’s time to return to La Liga action.
Real Madrid are looking to continue their push to catch Barcelona and Atletico Madrid ahead of them, with an away game at Espanyol on Sunday night.
Elsewhere, Barca and Atleti will be looking to extend the gap to Real Madrid with games against Girona and Getafe.
Surprise package Alaves are looking to close on Los Blancos with a home game against Rayo Vallecano.
We’ve tipped up these four matches…
Espanyol v Real Madrid
Santiago Solari’s men have been on an indifferent run of form since their return from the Club World Cup.
Two league wins in a row may have given them a much needed confidence boost, with a 2-0 victory over Sevilla last time out being a big result for their league position.
Los Blancos head into the game as favourites to pick up the win at 4/5. A 1-0 win in the first meeting between the two this season was a close encounter, but with some of Real’s key men expected to return from injury in the build-up to the game, it could allow for a more open encounter.
Match-winner Marco Asensio and Welsh wing-wizard Gareth Bale are due back anytime, and their inclusion would give a further boost to the Whites.
Espanyol are battling among the mid-table slots and have picked up only one league win in their last five, losing the other four. They’re priced at 16/5 to be victorious.
Karim Benzema and Borja Iglesias are joint favourites to open the scoring at 4/1¸with odds on either of them to score anytime sat at 13/10.
Atletico Madrid v Getafe CF
Atleti will be looking to heap more pressure on Barca by beating Getafe and closing the gap to two points.
Diego Simeone’s men are defensively sound, and have won the last three meetings between the two without conceding. They’re 6/5 to win to Nil again.
Girona v Barcelona
Seven straight league victories for Barcelona has given them a firm grip on top spot in the league, and they’ll be looking to make it eight on the spin.
Alaves v Rayo Vallecano
Alaves look to continue their sensational campaign by picking up another victory at home to strugglers Rayo Vallecano.
A repeat of the 5-1 demolition job has odds of 150/1.
Click here for the latest La Liga odds.
All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication