Villareal versus Real Madrid kicks off Saturday’s slate of La Liga action. Real is a road favorite to hand Villareal a loss. Then on Sunday, Barcelona travels to Madrid to take on Atletico in La Liga matchday 16’s top game. Check out LaLiga Odds, analysis, and free picks for six of this week’s best La Liga matches.
Best Spanish LaLiga Matches to Wager On the Weekend (January 7th – 9th)
Villareal +232 vs Real Madrid +107
- When: Saturday, Jan. 7 at 10:15 am ET
Both teams are playing great soccer. Villareal has won 5 straight. Real has won 4-of-5. Real’s loss came versus Rayo Vallecano way back in early November.
These two have played to draws in the last two head-to-head matches. Villareal is in better form and Benzema shouldn’t put on the cleats for Real. The home team offers much better odds than they should.
Soccer Pick: Villareal
Almeria +300 vs Real Sociedad -102
- When: Sunday, Jan. 8 at 8:00 am ET
Almeria shows 2 losses, 2 draws, and a victory in their last 5. The home team’s form pales in comparison to Real Sociedad’s.
The road team in this has won 5 straight. Forget the head-to-head record because these two haven’t faced off since 2015. Sociedad is the play.
Soccer Pick: Real Sociedad
Rayo Vallecano +129 vs Real Betis +224
- When: Sunday, Jan. 8 at 10:15 am ET
Betis and Vallecano drew in the last head-to-head. In Vallecano’s last match, they fell to Sporting Gijon. Betis beat their Spanish Copa Del Rey opponent 4-1 in their last match.
Vallecano has the edge because this happens on their pitch. But the odds difference is too wide to back the home team. Going with the underdog makes sense.
Soccer Pick: Real Betis
Sevilla -131 vs Getafe +420
- When: Sunday, Jan. 8 at 12:30 pm ET
Getafe isn’t in terrible form but they dropped their last match, a Copa Del Rey contest, to Levante.
Sevilla has had no such issues. The home chalk has won 4-of-5. Also, going back to 2020, Sevilla has beaten Getafe in the last 5 head-to-head matchups. The home chalk gets the nod.
Soccer Pick: Sevilla
Atletico Madrid +206 vs Barcelona +133
- When: Sunday, Jan. 8 at 3:00 pm ET
Atletico has won 5 straight. Barcelona shows a draw and 4 wins in their last 5. No doubt, Barca can win this.
But there are a couple of things going against Lewa and his mates. First, this happens in Madrid where Atletico has the edge. Second, Barcelona yielded 3 goals to Intercity in their last match. Atletico is the play.
Soccer Pick: Atletico Madrid
Athletic Bilbao -145 vs Osasuna +430
- When: Monday, Jan. 9 at 3:00 pm ET
Monday’s La Liga match pits Athletic Bilbao versus Osasuna. The home chalk has won 4-of-5. The lone blemish in the last 5 is a 1-1 draw versus Betis on Dec. 29.
Osasuna has won 2-of-5. Osasuna should play better than the odds indicate. But beating AB on their pitch is asking a lot. Bilbao gets it done.
Soccer Pick: Athletic Bilbao