Quique Setien had certainly imagined joining FC Barcelona as the new head coach a little easier. The Valverde successor unexpectedly suffered a 0-2 defeat with his stars at the Champions League participant FC Valencia, which after the previously desolate cup appearance against Ibiza not only caused a lot of conversation among the Catalans, but also cost the championship lead. Arch-rival Real Madrid took advantage of Barcas‘ slip and scored three points at Real Valladolid with a 1-0 away win, which lifted the royal to first place with a three-point advantage.
On the next day of the 22nd day of the Primera Division there will be a duel between Real and Atletico in the Spanish capital on Saturday afternoon. With a win in the venerable Bernabéu Stadium, the Blancos would significantly increase the pressure on Messi & Co, because Barca only got the opportunity to catch up with UD Levante (13th place) in the home game at 9 pm on Sunday evening. Does Zinedine Zindane manage to keep the top with Real or even expand, or does Barca manage to make up for the lost points?
Game 1: Betting tip – Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid, Saturday 4 pm, Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
The royal family can look back on an excellent week. After Barcelona’s unexpected slip, Real took the chance at Real Valladolid to take the league lead. However, it takes a half-time before the Blancos realize that with a win they can overtake the permanent enemy three points in the championship.
An important contribution to success was also made by Reals clock Toni Kroos, who served his teammate Nacho with an exemplary cross to 1: 0, which should remain the only goal of the evening. Real will have a city duel with Atletico on Saturday. The royal team can extend their lead to six points for one day. Atletico is currently unable to free himself from the valley of tears. The league defeat at SD Eibar (0: 2) was followed by a surprising end in the cup against third division club Cultural Leonesa (1: 3).
Even at the weekend, in league operations, the hoped-for liberation failed to materialize. Against the second-to-last CD Leganes, the Simeone eleven did not get past 0: 0, which caused the Rojiblancos to fall to fifth place in the table. It was only on January 12th that the two capitals met at the Spanish Supercopa. In the final, after a goalless game Real Madrid won 4: 1 on penalties.
Real Madrid is the only team to have lost just one game in the championship. At home, after ten games, the royal team has seven wins and three draws. Atletico is having an extremely difficult time this season. The Rojiblancos have major problems to score especially in foreign countries (3S / 5U / 2N). In the currently very weak phase of the red-whites, Real is the clear favorite for us.
Our betting tip: Real Madrid wins. Best odds 1.85 at Betway
Game 2: betting tip – Barcelona against UD Levante, Sunday 9pm, Camp Nou
The last week of Barcelona was a week to forget. The Catalans almost embarrassed themselves in the cup competition in Ibiza. Barca were long 1-0 behind third-division club UD Ibiza before striker Antoine Griezmann saved his team with two late goals. At the weekend at Valencia CF it was the first defeat of the season for the new Barca coach Quique Setien, who replaced Ernesto Valverde on the coaching bench just two weeks ago. Fortress Mestalla, the stadium of FC Valencia, remained unaffected in the eleventh home game (6 wins, 5 draws).
For FC Barcelona it was the fourth game lost this season. At the same time, the Blaugrana lost three important points in the championship duel with Real and also lost the championship lead. In the coming week, Barca will be able to arrive twice at Camp Nou at home. On Thursday in the Copa del Rey round of 16 against CD Leganes and on Sunday evening in the league against UD Levante.
The table thirteenth has little to laugh about at the moment. In the championship, Paco Lopez’s team lost three times in a row, plus there was the end in the cup against Sevilla FC. Levante already surprised in the hind series when they surprisingly defeated Barcelona 3-1.
It cannot be ruled out that the surprise coup of the “Azulgranas” will be repeated in the second leg, but it is extremely unlikely. Levante usually plays hopp or top. So far, eleven encounters abroad have resulted in three wins and eight defeats.
FC Barcelona is the best home team in the league. The Catalans have won nine out of ten games at Camp Nou so far, with only one draw. There is also a goal difference of 35:10 in their own arena. Quique Setien has never had a sovereign victory. This is likely to change from a recently weak Levant.
Our betting tip: Barcelona wins with handicap – 2. Best odds 1.95 at Bet3000
The remaining games of match day 22 in LaLiga (Jan 31 – Feb 02, 2020):
Villarreal CF – Osasuna CA (Fri 9:00 pm)
Granada CF – Espanyol Barcelona (Sat 1 pm)
RCD Mallorca – Real Valladolid (Sat 6:30 pm)
Valencia CF – Celta Viga (Sat 9:00 pm)
CD Leganes – Real Sociedad San Sebastian (Sun 12:00 pm)
SD Eibar – Real Betis Sevilla (Sun 2:00 pm)
Athletic Bilbao – Getafe CF (Sun 4:00 pm)
Sevilla FC – Deportivo Alaves (Sun 6:30 pm)
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