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Real Madrid Favourites in La Liga Title Race

22 June 2020 | La Liga | Opinion
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Real Madrid Favourites in La Liga Title Race
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Real Madrid secured a vital 2-1 win at Real Sociedad on Sunday night at the Anoeta Stadium. It was a good victory at the home of a team who are hoping to qualify for European competition next season. However, the most important aspect of the victory was the fact it moved Real Madrid above Barcelona in the league table.

It took until the 50th minute for Real Madrid to open the scoring in the game and it was defender Sergio Ramos who found the back of the net from the penalty spot. It appeared as though Real Sociedad had equalised but the goal was ruled out as Mikel Merino was judged to have interfered with play despite not having touched the ball.

Real Madrid took full advantage of the decision by going down the other end of the pitch and scoring their second goal through Karim Benzema. Real Sociedad got a goal back in the 83rd minute but Real Madrid held firm to seal the victory. That result leaves both Real Madrid and Barcelona on 65 points but it is Real Madrid who are top of the table thanks to a superior head to head record this season.

Having resumed the 2019/20 season in 2nd place, Real Madrid have enjoyed the restart by winning all 3 of their matches. In addition to the victory over Real Sociedad, they have defeated Eibar and Valencia at home. The results are in stark contrast to their form prior to the suspension of the league. Real Madrid won only one of their 4 La Liga games prior to the coronavirus outbreak, losing at both Levante and Real Betis.

However, the victory at Real Sociedad will give Real Madrid plenty of confidence they now have what it takes to remain at the top of the table until the end of the season. Looking at the remaining fixtures, Zinedine Zidane will see no reason why his team cannot win each of the remaining 8 games. Athletic Bilbao away is probably their toughest remaining fixture but it is worth remembering that every match will be played behind closed doors. That will work to their advantage when playing teams such as Athletic Bilbao away.

Barcelona will believe they have resumed the season strongly having picked up 7 points from a possible 9 available. The dropped points came in their most recent fixture away against Sevilla but in most circumstances that would be considered a decent result. In terms of their toughest remaining fixtures, Barcelona face Atletico Madrid at home and Villarreal away.

There is potential for dropped points in both matches and Real Madrid will be watching on hoping to see their bitter rivals slip up in those games. Real Madrid have only won one La Liga title since 2012 but they are now 8 victories away from winning the league. That has to make them the favourites, especially considering their remaining fixtures involve only two of the current top six and both of those matches are at ‘home’.

Predictions for La Liga

Home team - Away team Forebet
flag_5 Es1
Deportivo AlavésGetafe CF
13/07/2020 18:30
2
flag_5 Es1
Villarreal CFReal Sociedad
13/07/2020 18:30
1
flag_5 Es1
Granada CFReal Madrid
13/07/2020 21:00
2
flag_5 Es1
CA OsasunaCelta de Vigo
11/07/2020 16:00
X

Spain La Liga - predictions, tips, statistics
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Real Madrid 80 35 24 8 3 64 21 43
2. FC Barcelona 79 36 24 7 5 80 36 44
3. Atlético Madrid 66 36 17 15 4 48 26 22
4. Sevilla FC 66 36 18 12 6 53 34 19
5. Villarreal CF 57 35 17 6 12 57 45 12
6. Getafe CF 53 35 14 11 10 43 34 9
7. Athletic Bilbao 51 36 13 12 11 41 32 9
8. Real Sociedad 51 35 15 6 14 53 46 7
9. Valencia CF 50 36 13 11 12 45 52 -7
10. Granada CF 50 35 14 8 13 45 42 3
11. CA Osasuna 48 36 12 12 12 42 51 -9
12. Levante UD 43 36 12 7 17 43 51 -8
13. Real Betis 41 36 10 11 15 47 56 -9
14. Real Valladolid 39 36 8 15 13 29 40 -11
15. SD Eibar 39 36 10 9 17 36 51 -15
16. Celta de Vigo 36 36 7 15 14 35 46 -11
17. Deportivo Alavés 35 35 9 8 18 32 53 -21
18. CD Leganes 32 36 7 11 18 26 49 -23
19. Real Mallorca 32 36 9 5 22 37 61 -24
20. RCD Espanyol 24 36 5 9 22 27 57 -30

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