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La Liga Matchday 20 Odds & Picks: Alaves vs Real Madrid, Elche vs Barcelona & More

Carlos Verde

by Carlos Verde in Soccer

Jan 21, 2021 · 8:25 AM PST

La Liga Matchday 20
Real Madrid players celebrate after Eder Militao scored his side's opening goal during a Spanish Copa del Rey round of 32 soccer match between Alcoyano and Real Madrid at the El Collao stadium in Alcoy, Spain, Wednesday Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Jose Breton)
  • The heavy fixture congestion continues in Spain’s La Liga on Friday, as Levante hosts Valladolid at 3:00 pm ET in Matchday 20’s opener — less than 24 hours after Eibar and Atletico Madrid wind down Matchday 19 on Thursday
  • Leaders Atletico Madrid host 14th-place Valencia on Sunday (3:00 pm), while second-place Real Madrid visits Alaves (Saturday, 3:00 pm) and third-place Barcelona heads to Elche on Sunday (10:15 am)
  • Get all the odds and best bets for La Liga Matchday 20 in Spain’s La Liga below

The second half of La Liga’s 2020-21 season starts this weekend with La Liga Matchday 20, with the situation in the league table somewhat calmer than it began.

After a wild start to the campaign saw Barcelona sitting mid-table after 10 matches and Real Madrid on the brink of elimination in Champions League play and struggling defensively, both have steadied their ship — Barça more drastically — and now sit comfortably in the top three alongside Atletico Madrid.

Koeman’s Blaugrana and Zidane’s Blancos both face very winnable away matches to begin the ‘back nine’ of the season, away to Elche (17th) and Alaves (18th) respectively.

Atletico will be on short rest against Valencia on Sunday, though their visitors will also be on just two days’ rest following a 1 pm kickoff on Thursday against Osasuna.

Diego Simeone’s Atleti squad is aiming for a sixth-straight win in league play and sits four points north of Real Madrid and Barça in the title race.

La Liga Matchday 20 Odds

Matchup Home Draw Away
Levante vs Valladolid +112 +205 +290
Huesca vs Villarreal +360 +250 -122
Sevilla vs Cadiz -215 +300 +700
Real Sociedad vs Real Betis -124 +290 +310
Alaves vs Real Madrid +650 +375 -245
Osasuna vs Granada +155 +185 +225
Elche vs Barcelona +700 +420 -278
Celta Vigo vs Eibar +110 +235 +255
Atletico Madrid vs Valencia -250 +360 +700
Athletic Club vs Getafe +125 +200 +265

All odds taken Jan 21 at DraftKings

Pick 1: Alaves vs Real Madrid

Despite an embarrassing cup defeat at third-division Alcoyano mid-week, Real Madrid (11-4-3) has confirmed that manager Zinedine Zidane will finish the season in the Los Blancos‘ dugout.

The Frenchman’s effort to save his job — a tall task, given the current three-game winless skid (0-0 Osasuna, 1-2 Athletic Bilbao, 1-2 Alcoyano) — begins in earnest on Saturday at Alaves (4-6-9).

The Babazorros appear destined for a slog against relegation in the second half of the season, and three straight losses in league play have not helped Abelardo’s side; the manager was, however, happy with his team’s effort in a 1-2 defeat vs Sevilla on Tuesday.

It’s worth noting that Alaves lost by a similar scoreline (1-2) to Atletico at home in early January, and if Abelardo’s team can sort its discipline issues (three red cards in five matches) this could be a close contest.

With that said, expect Real Madrid (7-2 in head-to-head meetings) to snap its winless skid in a multi-goal performance;

Pick: Real Madrid win and both teams to score (+200)

Pick 2: Elche vs Barcelona

Elche (3-8-6) and Barcelona (10-4-4) collide at the Estadio Valero on Sunday, with the former winless in 12 league matches (0-7-5) and the latter having won four of its last five in league play.

While the head-to-head history between the two dates back to the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons — a full player cycle ago — it is worth noting that Barça dominated: Six wins and a draw, with Elche never scoring a goal.

The Blaugrana are coming off a disappointing 3-2 loss to Athletic Bilbao in Sunday’s Supercopa final, with a Thursday cup tie at Cornella (result N/A at time of writing) thrown in to congest the fixture schedule.

Barça has filled the net in road matches this season, averaging a league-best 1.77 goals/game away from the Camp Nou; with Elche having conceded multiple goals in two of its last three home matches, the opportunity for Sunday’s visitors to run away with it is definitely in play.

Pick: Barcelona -1.5 (+102)

Pick 3: Atletico Madrid vs Valencia

It’s full steam ahead for La Liga leader Atletico Madrid (13-2-1) as it hosts Valencia (4-7-7) at the Wanda Metropolitano in La Liga Matchday 20.

Four points clear of Real Madrid and seven clear of Barcelona with two games in-hand on each, Diego Simeone’s Rojiblancos have a very real opportunity to win their first domestic league title since 2013-14.

Atleti has earned a result in each of the last 12 head-to-head league meetings, with Valencia’s last win coming back in October 2014.

Sunday’s hosts have been in fantastic home form this season, racking up a plus-19 goal differential en route to an undefeated 8-1-0 record; Valencia’s road record is a middling 2-3-4.

Four of Atleti’s last five home matches have hit the Under 2.5, and we believe it will be in play again this weekend.

Pick: Under 2.5 (-114)

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