Real Madrid put pressure on Barca
Dan Fitch is on hand with the weekend La Liga tips and he fancies Real Madrid lớn take an early lead in the title race with a win free soccer tips.
Madrid will take initiative
Real Madrid 1.22 v Espanyol 17.00; The Draw 7.60
Saturday 7 December, 12:00
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Real Madrid's early kick off time on Saturday gives them the opportunity lớn go top of La Liga with a win over Mallorca and put the pressure on the current leaders Barcelona.
The two rivals both won last weekend, with Real Madrid beating Deportivo Alaves 2-1 away from home. Of the chasing pack, only Sevilla are keeping pace with Real and Barca, with a small gap now developing between the top three and the rest- According lớn the soccer tips every day page!
Espanyol are at the opposite end of the table, with a gap widening between themselves in the relegation zone and safety. Pablo Machin replaced David Gallego in early October, but it hasn't had much of an impact on their league results. Espanyol have only won one of their La Liga games under Machin (P7 W1 D1 L5).
Last weekend they lost 4-2 at home lớn Osasuna and it's likely that they'll taste defeat once more when they face Madrid. One area in which Espanyol have improved is their scoring rate, with the side having found the net in each of the last six games. With Real Madrid conceding in each of their last three, a home victory and both teams lớn score could deliver at 2.80.
Messi dragging Barcelona towards title fight
Barcelona 1.16 v Mallorca 26.00; The Draw 9.40
Saturday 7 December, 20:00
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A wonderful late goal from Lionel Messi gave Barcelona a vital win against Atletico Madrid last weekend and kept them top.
Barcelona are looking far from convincing at the moment, but as if we need reminding, Messi keeps proving that he has the individual talent lớn drag the team lớn glory. Crowned as the Ballon d'Or winner this week, the 32-year old shows no signs of slowing down, with nine goals in as many La Liga appearances this season.