Real Madrid's Marcelo takes a knee as he celebrates his goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Eibar at Alfredo di Stefano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, June 14, 2020.
Real Madrid's Marcelo takes a knee as he celebrates his goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Eibar at Alfredo di Stefano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, June 14, 2020. |Bernat Armangue | Associated Press
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La Liga Soccer: Miller picks Real Madrid vs Valencia with 4 plays

Real Madrid needs a win Thursday over top four hopeful Valencia to keep pace with Barcelona. Match time is 4 pm EDT.

Sean Miller

Sean Miller

When the schedule was released for the resumption of top flight games in Spain, this four-day period was always going to be a potential title-shifter.

Barcelona held serve Tuesday to take a five-point lead over Real Madrid, which can be cut back down to two if Madrid can hold off European hopefuls Valencia today.

With a Real Madrid win, it sets up a massive weekend for the teams battling for UEFA Champions League and the La Liga title: Barcelona at Sevilla tomorrow (4 p.m. EDT beIN Sports and Fubo.tv) and Real Madrid at Real Sociedad Sunday (4 p.m. EDT beIN Sports and Fubo.tv).

There is a lot riding on today’s game. I would expect Real Madrid (which at +140 is a decent shout to win La Liga) to come out and put on a performance, led by “Big Benz” up top and a dominant midfield.

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SPAIN LA LIGA

Real Madrid (-305) vs. Valencia (+750), draw (+450), 4 p.m. EDT (beIN Sports and Fubo.tv)

THE PICKS:

Real Madrid -0.5 first half (-132)

Real Madrid -1.5 (-106)

Karim Benzema to score (-134)

BONUS LONG SHOT PLAY:

Raphael Varane to score (+750)

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