Live on Skysports 4: Sat 19.00 & 21.00: Barcelona are just 1/9 () to beat Real Zaragoza and maintain the gap at the top.
As they prepare to face Real Zaragoza at the Camp Nou, Barcelona will undoubtedly have half an eye on next week’s Champions League showdown with Arsenal but it would still take a huge leap of faith to oppose them against the Blanquillos, despite the latter’s significant improvement under Javier Aguirre.
Nevertheless, it’s not worth backing overwhelming 1/9 favourites to bag a hatful, especially as a 4-0 triumph is only 15/2 with 888Sport. Instead, noting the visitors paltry seven goals in a dozen away match and indeed Barca’s mean defence, which has conceded just eight times in 13 at home, it’s a win ‘to nil’ for Pep Guardiola’s men that looks the best bet at 4/7 with bet365, a price much healthier than that chalked against a Lionel Messi strike at any stage (4/9, Stan James).
Patchy Atletico Madrid are unbeaten in three but two of those matches have ended in draws and they’ve not shown enough to warrant an interest at just 6/5 courtesy of Betfred as they host fourth-placed Villareal.
The visitors are a chunky 13/5 () to come out on top but their indifferent away record does little to inspire confidence and William Hill’s 5/2 for the spoils to be shared subsequently shades it in terms of value at the Vicente Calderon, although we’d advise keeping stakes low in the capital.
Sunday 6 March:
Hercules CF v UD Almería (16:00)
Levante UD v Espanyol (16:00)
Málaga v Osasuna (16:00)
Real Sporting de Gijon v Getafe (16:00)
Athletic Bilbao v Sevilla (18:00)
Racing Santander v Real Madrid (20:00)
Monday 7 March:
Deportivo La Coruña v Real Sociedad (20:00)