The big two in Spain have what on the surface seem straight forward away wins on the menu this weekend. The champions Real Madrid travel to Real Valladolid who have impressed people with their eye catching football and sit 7th in the table. Barcelona travel to Real Betis, a place they have struggled at in recent years. Indeed they have only won once at Betis since 2000.
With Real Madrid 3/10 (1.30) in places it does appear short and a good idea is to focus on the goal markets to get a better return. The potency of Real Madrid is well documented and it should overpower their hosts. Real Madrid to score in both halves is a strong option at 4/5 (1.80).
Real Betis have already beaten Real Madrid and Valencia at home this season in low scoring encounters and they know how to make it difficult for the big teams. Lionel Messi is a doubt for Barcelona and would be a major loss if he does not play. The match goal markets clearly think there will be plenty of goals with over 2.5 goals 4/11 in places. I am not convinced that this will be a goal feast as Real Betis will be happy to defend deep for long periods and make life difficult. I expect Barcelona to eventually prevail but it may take a while to see their supremacy rewarded. The 6/5 about the first goal after the 27th minute appeals best.
Real Madrid to score in both halves 4/5
Real Betis v Barcelona First goal after the 27th minute 6/5 Boylesports