La Liga Match Previews: Match Week 31 (Part 2)

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Updated: March 28, 2014
Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao vs. Atletico Madrid

Match Date:  29 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: San Mamés

(Featured image: Athletic Bilbao | Source: insidespanishfootball.com)

 

Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid each have surpassed plenty of obstacles to make their streak unbeaten for at least five weeks in the Spanish top-flight league. The sides, ranked fourth and first respectively, will strive to subdue one another—their strengths are superb enough that the only things that would make any disparity are the performance of their key players and their managers’ specific tactics.

 

Los Leones have scored clean sheets from their three latest matches and brought in an impressive 4-1 victory over Milan in the Champions League. Los Colchoneros, meanwhile, mostly produced draws from their recent outings but obtained an incredible 4-0 triumph at Granada weeks ago. The hosts are excellent in attacking set pieces and boast of resilience that is unmatched by any other club. The visitors have their strengths too, able to create and finish scoring chances in the most agile ways imaginable.

 

Online betting tip: While it is true that both Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid are among the strongest sides in the league, the latter have the greater odds (and resources) to pull off this battle.

 

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Real Madrid vs. Rayo Vallecano

Match Date:  29 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

 

Back-to-back defeats is almost an impossible thing for title chasers Real Madrid, but the unexpected actually happened when they lost six points in two consecutive occasions: one from championship rival Barcelona and the other (their most recent) from Sevilla. The defeats have therefore took a toll on the squad’s league standing where they are now positioned at number three after spending several weeks atop the table.

 

Rayo Vallecano are having a magnificent ‘late’ run in the Spanish top-tier football after scoring four non-consecutive victories from their five last meetings. The results are highly moral boosting considering the bizarre positions they were once buried in. The former relegation candidates (and current 12th placers) had their best win this year from Malaga, which gave them four goals and while having to concede only one. Paco Jémez has finally found the strategies that actually work.

 

Football betting tip: Although Rayo have really improved a lot and Madrid had some recent debacles, this match will still end in favor of the hosts. The sides’ past face-offs have granted Real Madrid the most wins while Rayo only achieved a draw (one time) as their best result.