With Europe still collectively applauding Ronaldo’s wonder goal in Turin on Tuesday night, part of a 3-0 Champions League away win for Real Madrid against Juventus, we turn our attentions to a weekend which includes a very tasty third against second Madrid derby at the Bernabeu on Sunday afternoon (3.15pm), in which the visitors also arrive off the back of an away win of their own, with Atleti having taken care of Sporting Lisbon 2-0 on Thursday night in their Europa League quarter final first leg.
The second league meeting of the campaign between the two giants looks extremely tough to call, the first one having finished 0-0 at the Metropolitano back in mid-November, but given how quickly the two sides have to be ready again for European action next week, perhaps the draw is again the value call – especially as you can get 29/10 the honours even, points shared, stalemate.
Later on Sunday, back-in-the-groove Valencia have won four on the bounce and can make it five when they welcome an in-and-out Espanyol to the Mestalla (7.45pm).
Valencia’s mid-season dip and injury problems seem a way off now, with a settled midfield four of Guedes, Kondogbia, Parejo and Soler bossing matches and clearly enjoying themselves.
The home win looks solid at 1/2.
Before that, a busy Saturday features a quartet of games including high-flying Betis against Eibar at the atmospheric Benito Villamarin (5.30pm).
The hosts have won four and drawn one of their last six, carrying them into sixth and above bitter rivals Sevilla.
For their part, Eibar are safe but have downed tools recently, losing five of their last seven with no win since February.
At 13/10, Betis looks the bet of the weekend in La Liga.
Finally, league leaders Barcelona could hardly be in better shape than right now, still undefeated in the league, only 15 goals conceded in La Liga, a Copa del Rey final against Sevilla to look forward to in Madrid in two weeks time, plus a 4-1 first leg advantage to carry into Champions League action against Roma in the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday night.
In-between times, they entertain 14th-placed Leganes at the Nou Camp (7.45pm), with the visitors safe but not exactly in inspiring form – since the start of February they’ve failed to score in eight of their 11 outings.
That could well become nine of their last 12 – Barca to win to nil is mu suggestion at 4/6.
This weekend’s best bets in La Liga:
5.30pm Sat – Real Betis v Eibar – Home Win @ 13/10
7.45pm Sat – Barcelona v Leganes – Home Win To Nil @ 4/6
3.15pm Sun – Real Madrid v Atlético Madrid – Draw @ 29/10
7.45pm Sun – Valencia v Espanyol – Home Win @ 1/2