Welcome back to Last Word on Football’s previews and predictions for La Liga. We have reached the 29th round of matches. Real Madrid face Valencia in a crucial clash for both teams.
Leaders Barcelona welcome Leganes to the Nou Camp, Sevilla travel to Levante. Elsewhere, Basque derbies dominate as Eibar face Athletic Bilbao and Alaves host Real Sociedad.
La Liga Predictions
Real Madrid Face Valencia in a Crucial Clash
Second place Real Madrid face Valencia in the pick of the games. Zinedine Zidane’s team must win to maintain their title challenge as they continue to chase Barcelona. While Valencia need the victory to maintain their push for a Champions League spot.
Real Madrid have been struggling to find consistency in their performances and results. However, they were excellent against Eibar and Zidane will want kind of performance against tougher opposition. Los Blancos form has been inconsistent winning just two of their last five league games.
Valencia are unbeaten in three games but have drawn their last two matches. They will see that late Levante equaliser as an opportunity squandered with none of their rivals collecting a win. Albert Celades’ side know victory will heap the pressure on their rivals.
A crucial clash for both sides in a game renowned for entertainment.
Basque Derbies Dominate the Latest Matchday
Four of La Liga’s five Basque sides meet as Alaves welcome Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao travel to Eibar.
Real Sociedad head to Alaves with the real ambition of sneaking a Champions League spot. However, Imanol Alguacil will demand a response from his side after a lacklustre display against Osasuna. They stuttered to a point and missed a chance to level on points with fourth-place Getafe.
Alaves meanwhile, will be looking to respond to their disappointing loss to Espanyol. Asier Garitano’s side are not safe from relegation just yet but a derby win could be the perfect tonic to ignite a charge towards safety.
Athletic Bilbao head to Eibar needing a win to reignite a push for European football. Bilbao sit tenth in La Liga five points adrift of the European places. But they are fresh off an excellent point against Atletico Madrid.
This is a vital clash for Eibar who need the points to keep their heads above the relegation zone. Jose Mendilibar’s side head into this on the back of four defeats in their last five matches and a tough match against Real Madrid. Victory over Basque rivals Athletic Bilbao will give them a huge boost as they look to maintain their place in La Liga.
LWOF’s La Liga Predictions
Levante vs Sevilla
The home side head into this fresh off an excellent result against Valencia. Levante are unbeaten in two, Sevilla have won three of their last four games.
Levante 0-1 Sevilla
Real Betis vs Granada
Betis head into this having won just one of their last eight games. Granada are unbeaten in five, winning three of those.
Real Betis 1-0 Granada
Barcelona vs Leganes
Barcelona have won six of their last seven games. Visitors Leganes have won just once in six.
Barcelona 3-0 Leganes
Getafe vs Espanyol
Getafe are struggling for form having won just one of their last five games. Espanyol are fresh off an excellent win against Alaves.
Getafe 1-0 Espanyol
Villarreal vs Mallorca
Villarreal stopped their three-match losing rot with a late win at Celta Vigo. Mallorca have won just one of their last four.
Villarreal 2-0 Mallorca
Eibar vs Athletic Bilbao
Struggling Eibar have lost four of their five, Athletic Bilbao are unbeaten in three collecting seven points.
Eibar 1-1 Athletic Bilbao
Osasuna vs Atletico Madrid
Osasuna are unbeaten in two having lost the previous two prior to that. Atletico Madrid have drawn their last three games.
Osasuna 1-1 Atletico Madrid
Valladolid vs Celta Vigo
Valladolid have won two of their last three games. Celta Vigo are winless in three and looking for a much-needed win.
Valladolid 1-0 Celta Vigo
Alaves vs Real Sociedad
Home side Alaves are winless in three, Real Sociedad are winless in two. An important game for both sides.
Alaves 1-2 Real Sociedad
Real Madrid vs Valencia
Real Madrid’s form has been largely inconsistent collecting seven points from their last five games. Valencia are unbeaten in three but have drawn their last two.
Real Madrid 2-1 Valencia