Real Madrid’s Ferland Mendy, right, celebrates with Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane end of the Champions League, round of 16, first leg soccer match between Atalanta and Real Madrid, at the Gewiss Stadium in Bergamo, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
- A 2-1 mid-week win over Athletic Bilbao has sent Atletico Madrid six points clear of second-place Barcelona with 12 matches to play
- Looking to return to the win column, Real Madrid hosts Elche with eight points separating Los Blancos from their cross-town rivals in first place
- Get all the odds and best bets for La Liga Matchday 27 in Spain’s La Liga below
Real Madrid are overwhelming -500 favorites against Elche on Saturday (10:15 am ET) in La Liga Matchday 27; while Zidane’s side dwarfs its visitors in terms of budget and talent, the Franjiverdes have earned two wins in four and may not be a pushover.
Atletico Madrid is near-even money (-104) for its trip to struggling Getafe in the Madrid suburbs on Saturday (3:00 pm), but will have to be focused on the task at-hand without the looming distraction of Chelsea, Sevilla or Real Betis — all away — on the near horizon.
The weekend will wind down in style on Sunday, as Sevilla hosts Real Betis (4:00 pm ET) in El Gran Derbi with the hosts in free fall and the visitors on a four-game winning streak.
Reeling from a one-sided European exit at the hands of PSG, Barcelona is a massive -480 favorite at home against Huesca in the final match of the round Monday (4:00 pm).
La Liga Matchday 27 Odds
|Levante vs Valencia||+116||+230||+250|
|Alaves vs Cadiz||+108||+220||+280|
|Real Madrid vs Elche||-500||+575||+1300|
|Osasuna vs Valladolid||+120||+210||+265|
|Getafe vs Atletico Madrid||+375||+210||-108|
|Celta Vigo vs Athletic Bilbao||+170||+225||+170|
|Granada vs Real Sociedad||+430||+290||-157|
|Eibar vs Villarreal||+195||+230||+145|
|Sevilla vs Real Betis||+104||+235||+275|
|FC Barcelona vs Huesca||-480||+575||+1200|
All odds taken Mar 11 at DraftKings
Real Madrid vs Elche Prediction
With title hopes hanging by a thread, Real Madrid (16-6-4) hosts Elche (5-9-11) at the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano.
Draws against Sociedad (1-1) and Atleti (1-1) have seen Zidane’s side slide further out of the race for first, while Elche has won its last two home matches to temporarily escape the relegation zone.
With an 8-1-3 record at home — and two clean sheets in its last three league matches at the di Stefano — Real Madrid is consistent and it’s extremely unlikely that Elche (road: 2-3-7 with 0.83 goals/game) will manufacture a result.
Elche’s inability to score on the road against quality teams (two goals from five away matches versus top half teams) lends further credibility to the ‘Real to Win to Nil’ play — already strong as Real has posted a clean sheet win in four of its last six league matches at home.
Pick: Real Madrid to Win to Nil (-136)
Getafe vs Atletico Madrid Prediction
Getafe (7-6-13) is in free fall, and Atletico Madrid (19-5-2) will expect nothing less than three points from their clash at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez this weekend.
It’s a matchup that has simply been dominated by Atleti, which has not allowed a single goal in 19 head-to-head meetings against Getafe dating back to 2011.
The Rojiblancos have won the last seven meetings by either 1- or 2-nil scorelines, and have not lost a match to Saturday’s hosts since November 2011.
2021 La Liga Odds Tracker
Getafe has been shut out in five of seven entering Saturday’s contest, and an ugly 1-1-6 record since the start of February has sent the club spiralling towards the relegation battle.
The Under 2.5 isn’t even worth considering at -265, but the Under 1.5 could be in play at plus-money and has hit in five of the last nine meetings between the two clubs.
Pick: Under 1.5 (+125)
Sevilla vs Real Betis Prediction
A pair of league losses and exits in both the Champions League and Copa del Rey have made it a somber few weeks for Sevilla (15-3-7), whose top-three ambitions have also been torpedoed.
Pride will be on the line for Julen Lopetegui’s side against a surging Real Betis (13-3-10) in La Liga Matchday 27, which is enjoying its best season in some time under Manuel Pellegrini and may be able to make a push for Europe down the stretch.
The two sides drew 1-1 at Betis back on January 2; both teams have scored (BTTS) in three of the past four Sevilla derbies — and six of eight — making the -118 BTTS play very attractive.
Pick: BTTS (-118)
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