Sports Mole provides score predictions and previews for all of today’s La Liga fixtures, including Elche vs. Barcelona.
The visitors, who lost in the Copa del Rey semi-finals on Thursday, are currently 12th in the table, 10 points clear of 18th-placed Cadiz, who are battling to retain their status at this level of football.
We say: Cadiz 1-1 Rayo Vallecano
The team with the worst home record in La Liga meets the side with the worst away record, so it is difficult to call this match. Cadiz will certainly be the fresher of the two, but Rayo will be determined to bounce back from their Copa del Rey disappointment, so we have had to settle on a low-scoring draw here.
We say: Elche 1-2 Barcelona
Elche’s recent home form has been excellent and must be taken into consideration when predicting this match, but we are finding it difficult to back against Barcelona, who are on an impressive run of form. It could be a tight scoreline, but the visitors should shade this contest on Sunday afternoon.
The home side are currently 10th in the table, boasting 32 points from their 26 league matches this season, while Mallorca sit 16th, just five points clear of the relegation zone.
We say: Celta Vigo 2-1 Mallorca
Celta have found it difficult to show their best form at home this season, but they will be the favourites this weekend against lowly Mallorca. We are expecting a tight match on Sunday but fancy Celta to collect all three points, which could move them into ninth position depending on Valencia’s result on Saturday.
Arguably the biggest match of the upcoming La Liga weekend will take place in Seville on Sunday evening, as Real Betis welcome Atletico Madrid to Estadio Benito Villamarin.
Real Betis – third in the table – booked their spot in the Copa del Rey final on Thursday evening courtesy of a 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano in the second leg of their semi-final, while fifth-placed Atletico will enter the contest off the back of a 2-0 victory over Celta Vigo in the league last weekend.
We say: Real Betis 1-1 Atletico Madrid
Atletico will certainly be the fresher of the two teams, which is likely to count for a lot in this type of match. Real Betis have been so impressive in the league this season, though, and we believe that the home team will have enough quality to secure a share of the spoils on Sunday night.