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La Liga Matchday 32 Odds & Picks: Villarreal vs Barcelona, Real Madrid vs Real Betis & More

Paul Attfield

by Paul Attfield in Soccer

Apr 23, 2021 · 10:25 AM PDT

La Liga Matchday 32
Barcelona's Lionel Messi shots and scores the opening goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Getafe at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, April 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
  • After a 4-0 win in Barcelona earlier this season, Europa League semifinalists Villarreal entertain the Blaugrana in the reverse fixture
  • Defending champion Real Madrid hosts Real Betis, while leader Atletico Madrid travels to Bilbao to face Athletic Club
  • Read on for a look at all the odds, along with three highlighted betting previews and best bets

With just seven rounds to play, Spain’s La Liga Matchday 32 resumes this weekend with all to play for, particularly given what seems to be a three-horse race between Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona for the title, with possibly just three points between them if Barcelona wins its game in hand.

Here’s a look at all the odds for this weekend, with a focus on three matches for your betting consideration below.

La Liga Matchday 32 Odds

Matchup Home Draw Away
Elche vs Levante +175 +225 +163
Valladolid vs Cadiz -110 +235 +330
Valencia vs Alaves +115 +220 +260
Real Madrid vs Real Betis -205 +340 +540
Huesca vs Getafe +195 +188 +175
Villarreal vs FC Barcelona +360 +335 -152
Sevilla vs Granada CF -245 +370 +650
Celta Vigo vs Osasuna +132 +225 +215
Athletic Club Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid +335 +240 -113
Eibar vs Real Sociedad +285 +255 -106

Odds as of April 23 at DraftKings

Villarreal vs Barcelona Prediction

The Blaugrana’s early-season turmoil seems like nothing but a distant memory these days. Behind a seemingly refreshed and motivated Lionel Messi, Ronald Koeman has his team clicking in attack, and seemingly scoring goals for fun.

The team followed up its convincing 4-0 win over Athletic Club in the Copa del Rey final last weekend with an equally explosive 5-2 victory over Getafe in midweek, with Messi scoring a brace in each game. In fact, the pair of victories represented the fourth time in six games that Barca has scored four or more goals.

Conversely, Unai Emery’s Villarreal has been anything but consistent, squeezing through to the final four of the Europa League either side of a home loss to Osasuna, following that up with a convincing 5-1 win at Levante before succumbing 2-1 to 16th-placed Alaves in midweek.

This fixture has been heavily tilted in Barcelona’s favor, as emphasized by the 4-0 Barca win at Camp Nou earlier this season. In the 33 fixtures between the sides, Barcelona has won 23, with the Yellow Submarine emerging victorious on just three occasions. They will be up against once again when the teams face off on Sunday in La Liga Matchday 32.

Best bet: Over 3.5 (+140)

Valencia vs Alaves Prediction

On paper, Deportivo Alaves should be looking to further strengthen its bid to remain in La Liga following two successive wins, including Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over Villarreal. Still mired in 16th place, three points clear of the relegation places, Alaves won’t lack for motivation in Saturday’s La Liga Matchday 32 game, having lost just twice in its last six La Liga games.

However, Javier Calleja’s team is also the less-than-proud owner of the division’s second-worst road record, winning just twice away from home this season.

And while Valencia has had anything but a season to write home about, currently sitting in 14th, eight points clear of the bottom three, it does have the comfort of being fairly hard to beat at Mestalla, where it has lost just three times this season in the Spanish top flight. That mark is tied with Real Madrid, Sevilla and Villarreal for the second-fewest home defeats in the division.

Los Che will be looking to end a run of four league games without a victory – including Wednesday’s 3-1 loss at Osasuna – as they look to improve on their league position, having not finished lower than 12th in over 30 years.

Best bet: Valencia (+115)

Real Madrid vs Real Betis Prediction

Former Real Madrid and Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has done an admirable job so far in his first season with Real Betis, helping the Seville-based team to a heady sixth in the table and challenging for a spot in next season’s Europa League.

One of the hallmarks of Pellegrini’s team has been its consistency of late, with Betis having lost just once in La Liga since the start of February, and playing out four straight draws entering Saturday’s match. The team will also be looking to atone for its 3-2 home defeat against Madrid earlier this season when it held a half-time lead but went down to 10 men on the way to an eventual 3-2 defeat in a game in which it outshot Real.

Betis will also be hoping that its illustrious opponent will have one eye on next week’s Champions League semifinal against Chelsea, and will be looking to keep players fresh as a result.

But Madrid will also be heavily motivated to stay in contention for the title, currently locked in a seeming three-way battle with Barca and city rival Atletico at the top of the table, with Real currently three points behind Diego Simeone’s squad. Real has won 11 of its 15 games at home, although it will be without the services of Ferland Mendy, Lucas Vazquez and Sergio Ramos for this game.

Luka Modric, Eden Hazard and Toni Kroos, who all sat our Wednesday’s 3-0 win at Cadiz, could return, although again Zinedine Zidane is likely to keep Tuesday’s semifinal in mind when it comes to picking his team, even against a team in Betis against which he has lost three times and drawn twice in nine games in his managerial career.

Best bet: Draw (+340)

While you’re betting La Liga, be sure to read our guide to Derby betting ahead of next week’s big race!

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