Something is not quite right at Barcelona at the moment as even head coach Luis Enrique admitted that Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad was the worst performance by the Catalans under his stewardship.
The result leaves the defending Champions six points behind title rivals Real Madrid and level on points with Sevilla. But all of that can change this weekend as the first El Clasico of the season takes place at the Camp Nou on Saturday afternoon.
Without doubt one of the most eagerly anticipated domestic match-ups in world football, El Clasico has always provided us with passion, fire and a clear indication of which direction the La Liga title is heading.
Barcelona are stuttering after back to back draws but Real Madrid are flying after claiming their sixth league win in a row last time out against Sporting Gijon.
Whatever happens, Real Madrid will stay top and will be desperate to stretch their lead to nine points over their great rivals. Barcelona simply cannot afford to lose any more ground on Real but the nervous edge they appear to have adopted in recent weeks could prove fatal.
Barcelona are home favourites at 4/5 but Real Madrid at 57/20 for the win looks a decent price for a side in the habit of winning games.
With the eyes of the world on Barcelona v Real Madrid, Sevilla’s trip to face Granada on Saturday lunchtime will slip slightly under the radar but is no less important.
Sevilla sit joint second in the league with Barcelona and could move three points ahead of their rivals before they have even kicked a ball.
Granada sit rock bottom of the league and without a win all season, relegation looks the likely destination for Lucas Alcaraz’s side despite draws against Deportivo and Valencia prior to losing to Celta Vigo last time out.
Sevilla are just two strong and should comfortably take their third win in a row against Granada and are a solid 10/13 to do so and add to the pressure on Barcelona.
Alaves host Las Palmas on Saturday evening in a game destined to end in a draw. Both teams sit mid table and are enjoying reasonable (if unspectacular seasons).
A draw will keep both sides happy and moving in the right direction and priced at 41/20 with ComeOn! could line your pocket with a few extra notes this weekend.
The final match of week 14 sees high flying Real Sociedad travel to struggling Deportivo La Coruna.
Sociedad are fifth in the league and have put last season’s indifferent form behind them as they start to fulfil their potential.
Buoyed by a well-deserved point last time out against Barcelona, Sociedad will no doubt expect to claim the three points against a side who sit 17th in La Liga with just one win in their last ten.
They are a healthy 31/20 to so with us and that looks like one of the best prices of the week.