Real Madrid needs a win Thursday over top four hopeful Valencia to keep pace with Barcelona. Match time is 4 pm EDT.
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 takeover 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 ) and Real Madrid at Real Sociedad Sunday (4 p.m. EDT beIN Sports and ).
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 )
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)