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  • Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

    La Liga Matchday 28 Odds Report

    By Jonathan Willis

    Betcris.com Road teams had a great time in Spain last week, combining to go 4-4-2 in La Liga action during Matchday 27. The only home teams that won were heavy favorites Barcelona, Getafe, Sevilla, and Atletico Madrid, so you could have made a nice chunk of change by betting on road warriors last week. The only road favorites for Matchday 28 are the top two teams in the league, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, while home teams are favored to win the other eight games.   More

  • Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

    La Liga Matchday 27 Odds Report

    By Jonathan Willis

    Betcris.com The only team with a real shot at stopping Barcelona from winning their fourth La Liga title in five seasons is Atletico Madrid. Atletico Madrid are seven points behind Barca with a dozen games to play, but even they know their chances of catching the defending champions are long. Barcelona have not been as overpowering as we have seen in recent seasons, yet they have been miles ahead of the field in terms of their goal scoring prowess. The Blaugrana are averaging nearly a goal per game more than any other team in La Liga, and that makes them very tough to beat.   More

  • Betcris.com Atletico Madrid would love to win their second La Liga title this century, but they know the road ahead is difficult. They are seven points behind first place Barcelona, and they have not had the offensive firepower they have had in past years. On Sunday, they will be out to secure a victory on the road against Real Sociedad and hopefully cut into the Blaugrana lead at the top of the table. Winning on the road in Basque Country is difficult though, and Real Sociedad have been on fire over the last two months.   More

  • Betcris.com Another El Clasico will likely determine a cup winner this Wednesday when Real Madrid hosts FC Barcelona in the second leg of the Copa Del Rey semifinals. This will be the third meeting between Spain’s biggest clubs this season. In the first meeting back in late October, Barca hammered Real Madrid 5-1 with Luis Suarez netting a hat trick in the win. However, the second match was much more even and the clubs’ 1-1 draw in Camp Nou in the first leg of this tie sets the stage for a thriller here. Barcelona are slight favorites to advance, and the winners of four straight Copa Del Rey trophies know that this will likely determine whether or not they make it five straight domestic cups.   More

  • Betcris.com Sevilla are looking to hold on to the last Champions League spot in Spain. The top three spots have seemingly always gone to Barcelona and the two big Madrid clubs, and they are nearly guaranteed to snatch three of the four spots once again. That has left a congested race for the final spot, and this year’s race has been incredibly tight. Sevilla have been in the top four for most of the year, but there are 10 clubs within eight points of them and two teams sit just a single point behind. Unless they manage to upset Barcelona this weekend, they are likely to fall behind.   More

  • Betcris.com Two teams looking for a spot in Europe next season will meet on Sunday when Real Betis hosts Alaves in La Liga action. Betis are currently playing in the Europa League and they are on pace to qualify for a spot in Europe once more. They are currently in seventh place with 32 points. Three points ahead of them sit Alaves. Alaves are looking to make their first European appearance in almost two decades, and they are currently tied for fifth. They are just two points back of Sevilla for fourth place though, and a Champions League appearance would be a dream.   More

  • Betcris.com Second place in the La Liga table is on the line when Atletico Madrid hosts Real Madrid this Saturday. The Madrid Derby has been ruled by Atletico over the last five years, and they are currently two points ahead of Real Madrid in the standings. Real Madrid have won just once in their last 11 league meetings with Atletico, but they need a victory to surpass Atletico and become the top contender to knock off Barcelona.   More

  • Betcris.com We’re more than halfway through the La Liga season, and Atletico Madrid have lost just one time. In most leagues that would mean first place in the table, but Atletico are in Spanish football and they have to deal with giants Barcelona. However, they have themselves to blame too. Atletico have settled   More

  • Betcris.com Real Madrid may finally be turning things around. It’s been a season of gradual disappointment for the club as Julen Lopetegui and Santi Solari have each failed to take the club to the level its supporters expect. They have struggled through much of the early part of the season, and they are 10 points behind Barcelona for the top spot in La Liga. Real Madrid want to keep moving in the right direction, but Espanyol Barcelona might give them some trouble.   More

  • Betcris.com Two La Liga heavyweights will square off this Saturday when Real Madrid hosts Sevilla. Both teams are sitting on 33 points, and they are tied for third place at the halfway point of the season. When they squared off at the end of September, it was all Sevilla. Sevilla were up 3-0 at halftime and cruised to a win from there. That gives them the tiebreaker edge against Real Madrid in the standings, and Real Madrid are out to even things up with a win.   More

  • Betcris.com The unthinkable may happen this year…Real Madrid might not qualify for Champions League play next season. The Kings of Europe have dominated the Champions League for the last three years, but this year no one is giving Real Madrid a chance to make it four in a row after a rough first four months. Additionally, they are 10 points off the pace of league leaders Barcelona in the La Liga race, and nearly halfway through the season, they are in fifth place and even trailing a relative minnow like Alaves. A loss on the road to Real Betis at this point would be disastrous, but there’s a very real chance of that happening.   More

  • Monday, January 7th, 2019

    Copa Del Rey Round of 16 Preview

    By Jonathan Willis

    Betcris.com Unlike other national cup competitions, Spain’s Copa Del Rey does not have a history of David’s beating Goliath. That’s due in part to Spain’s national body limiting the number of teams that can participate in the event and due in part to Spanish football as a whole. The country has always been top-heavy in terms of the number of elite teams, and that has made the task for smaller clubs even tougher. Entering the Copa Del Rey Round of 16, there is just one non-La Liga side left, second-division Sporting Gijon.   More

  • Betcris.com After three weeks off, La Liga comes back to life this weekend and we have a cracker of a game when Sevilla hosts Atletico Madrid this Sunday. Both Sevilla and Atletico Madrid are in the top three of La Liga, and they both pride themselves on their defense. Atletico Madrid have had the best back line   More

  • Betcris.com Villarreal needed a break more than perhaps any other team in Europe. The Yellow Submarine are trying not to repeat their stunning collapse and demotion during the 2011-12 campaign. After eight straight years of top eight finishes, they finished 18th that season and dropped down to Serie B as a result. They immediately earned promotion back to the top flight, and Villarreal didn’t look like they missed a beat when they finished in the top six for five straight years.   More

  • Betcris.com Two teams that have been known for their defensive prowess will meet in the Spanish capital this week when Atletico Madrid hosts Espanyol. The clasico menor does not have the same gravitas as when Real Madrid and Barcelona meet, but the match is important for both teams. Espanyol are desperate to stop their current skid, while Atletico are out to keep pace with La Liga leaders Barcelona.   More

  • Betcris.com Atletico Madrid are right in the thick of things in the race to win La Liga. They are three points back of Barcelona in the standings, and they are essentially tied with Sevilla for second place with the same number of points and the same goal differential. Settling for too many draws has cost them a chance at topping Barcelona though, as their one loss has been offset by seven ties. Atletico are looking to pick up a win on the road against Real Valladolid in an effort to close the gap on Barcelona.   More

  • Betcris.com Catalan rivals will clash in the Barcelona Derby when Espanyol hosts Barcelona this Saturday. This has been the most played local derby in the history of La Liga, but it has been dominated by Barcelona throughout its history. The Blaugrana have a 121-43-44 record against Espanyol, and they have not lost to   More

  • Betcris.com This year’s La Liga campaign continues to be one of the most hotly contested ones we have seen in two decades. More than a third of the way through the season, it’s not Barcelona, Real Madrid, or even Atletico Madrid that are leading the table, it’s Sevilla. Sevilla have shaken off a seventh place finish last   More

  • Betcris.com The clash between La Liga heavyweights Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will have added meaning this week. Normally, one or two teams have separated themselves from the rest of the league by this point as we are almost a third of the way through the campaign. However, this has been one of the most   More

  • Betcris.com Anyone who told you that Espanyol and Sevilla would be two of the top three teams in La Liga at this point of the season is either a liar or a savant. Espanyol are currently in second place with a record of 6-3-2 thanks to a fantastic defensive performance thus far. Meanwhile, Sevilla are right behind them with a mark of 6-2-3, and their offense is currently averaging two goals per game. This will be a clash of strengths on Sunday evening.   More

  • Betcris.com Julen Lopetegui’s tenure at Real Madrid lasted less than three months. Signing Lopetegui away from Spain right before the World Cup was met with a bit of consternation, and he needed to get off to a good start to make fans forget about that and to take the pressure off after replacing Zinedine Zidane.   More

  • Betcris.com The first El Clasico of the year may not have Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, but this is still the most highly anticipated domestic league match to date this season. Barcelona are sitting atop La Liga with 18 points through nine games coming into this one, but they have not been as convincing as   More

  • Betcris.com If you’re only a casual soccer fan, you might be shocked to find out that going into the second international break, neither Barcelona nor the Madrid clubs were at the top of the La Liga table. Instead, that honor belongs to Sevilla who are a point ahead of a crowded field of contenders based on their   More

  • Betcris.com For nearly two decades Barcelona and Real Madrid have dominated Spanish football. The two giants have ruled La Liga with an iron fist and have amassed a bevy of titles between themselves. Coming into the season, one of the two sides was expected to top the table once more, but a funny thing happened on the way to that certainty.   More

  • Betcris.com Barcelona are looking to win their fourth LaLiga title in five years this season. Through the first month of the campaign, the Blaugrana looked like the overwhelming favorites to repeat. They won each of their first four matches, and they were tied with Real Madrid at the top of the table. However, they have   More

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