LaLiga Matchday 18 picks up the pace on Saturday and Sunday with excellent matches on both days. Saturday’s top contest shows Atletico Madrid hosting Real Valladolid. Then on Sunday, Barcelona takes on Getafe and Bilbao throws down against Real Madrid. Keep reading for LaLiga Odds, analysis, and free picks for six of this weekend’s best LaLiga games.
Best Spanish LaLiga Matches to Wager On the Weekend (January 21st – 22nd)
Rayo Vallecano +220 vs Real Sociedad +137
- When: Saturday, Jan. 21 at 8:00 am ET
The best thing we can say about the home dog in this is that Vallecano hosts Real Sociedad after winning their last. But we shouldn’t expect the victory over Valladolid to be a sign that Vallecano has turned around their form.
More importantly, this season Sociedad is hanging with Atletico, Barca, and Real. The home team is an overlay if the odds stay around +137.
Soccer Pick: Real Sociedad
Espanyol +176 vs Real Betis +170
- When: Saturday, Jan. 21 at 10:15 am ET
Before a 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao in their last, Espanyol had been playing decent soccer. The home team in this had beaten Celta de Vigo and Getafe in 2 of their last 4 games.
Betis heads into this after a pair of draws. The road squad lost both matches but the losses happened via penalty kicks. In the last head-to-head, the road squad smashed Espanyol 4-1. Backing Betis makes sense.
Soccer Pick: Betis
Atletico Madrid -1.5 +107 vs Real Valladolid +1.5 -136
- When: Saturday, Jan. 21 at 12:30 pm ET
Valladolid has lost 3 straight. The lone win in the last 5 came versus Arenas Club way back on Dec. 21
Atletico has won 3-of-5 with a loss and a draw. The loss came in a 1-0 match versus rival Barcelona. Madrid heads into this after beating Levante 2-0. The home team for sure can cover the handicap.
Soccer Pick: Atletico Madrid -1.5
Villareal -134 vs Girona +350
- When: Sunday, Jan. 22 at 8:00 am ET
Girona is in good form. The huge road underdog shows 2 draws and a loss in their last 3. The win came versus Sevilla via a 2-1 score.
Villareal is rocking it. The home team in this has won 4-of-5. The draw came in their last versus Celta de Vigo. But the draw was in a road match. Villareal is the team to back.
Soccer Pick: Villareal
Barcelona -1.5 -176 vs Getafe +1.5 +137
- When: Sunday, Jan. 22 at 12:30 pm ET
Getafe is on a 3 match losing streak while Barcelona is on a 5 match winning streak. In the Supercopa, Barca blasted rival Real 3-1.
Lewa and his mates followed up the impressive victory with a 5-0 win over Cueta in their last. Getafe doesn’t have much shot of keeping this close.
Soccer Pick: Barcelona -1.5
Athletic Bilbao +187 vs Real Madrid +144
- When: Sunday, Jan. 22 at 3:00 pm ET
Bilbao is in better form than Real Madrid. But before dumping on Real, it’s important to note that El Blanco has lost 2-of-3 versus two of the top teams at LaLiga.
Barcelona blasted Real Madrid in their last. Real fell to Villareal 3 matches back. No doubt, Carlo Ancelotti’s team is going to bounce back in this and the odds are more than fair. Back the road team to cash.
Soccer Pick: Real Madrid