Serious soccer action takes place this week when Barcelona and Real Madrid throw down in the Spanish Copa del Rey. They don’t call Barcelona versus Real the El Classico for nothing. Barca will be a big favorite, but can Real show they’ve still got some great soccer left even without Ronaldo?
After battling Messi and Barcelona early in the week, Real Madrid takes on rival Atletico Madrid on Saturday. That should be a fantastic matchups. Two English Premier League matchups on Sunday round out the week: Tottenham vs Leicester City and Manchester City vs Chelsea.
Check out analysis and picks for this week’s top soccer betting action!
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A Clasico semi-final in the Copa del Rey! 👑 pic.twitter.com/BtT8v51RMr— B/R Football (@brfootball) 1 de febrero de 2019
Wednesday, Feb. 6
Spanish Copa del Rey
- Barcelona vs Real Madrid
Barcelona remains the top team in La Liga with 15 wins, 5 draws and only 2 defeats. But, don’t look now if you’re a Barca fan because rival Real Madrid has climbed back into the top 3 in the league.
Real has a great 13-3-6 record. They always play as hard as they can when facing Barcelona. Barca should get most of the backing. They remain one of the top teams due to Suarez and Messi up top. But on Wednesday, Real might turn the tables on their more highly regarded rivals in the Spanish Copa del Rey.
Real Madrid is finally playing the type of soccer they believed they could play whether Ronaldo suited up for them or not. They’ll win a close match on Wednesday.
Soccer Betting Prediction: Real Madrid 2, Barcelona 1
Saturday, Feb. 9
La Liga Primera Division
- Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid
It doesn’t seem fair that in the same week Real must battle Barcelona, they must also take on rival Atletico. Real has been playing great soccer, but so has Atletico.
Atletico has only 2 losses in La Liga this season. They’ve got 12 wins and 8 draws. They should really step it up against Real on Saturday. Real might also suffer some of the after effects of battling Barcelona on Wednesday. They could bounce. Going with Atletico.
Soccer Betting Prediction: Atletico Madrid 3, Real Madrid 2
Sunday, Feb. 10
English Premier League
- Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester City
Only two matches take place in the English Premier League on Sunday, Feb. 10. The first has Tottenham battling Leicester City.
Tottenham remains one of the top squads in EPL. They’ve got 6 losses, no draws, and 19 wins. Since the crazy 0-2 upset loss to Crystal Palace in English FA Cup, Tottenham has won 2 straight: 2-0 over Watford and 1-0 over Newcastle.
Leicester City is 9-5-11. They lost 0-1 to Manchester United in their last heading into this week, but before that, they had drawn with Liverpool 1-1. Leicester could upset Tottenham on Sunday in what should be a competitive match.
Soccer Betting Prediction: Leicester City 1, Tottenham 0
- Manchester City vs Chelsea
Like Tottenham, a less talented EPL team upset Manchester City a few matches ago. Man City lost 1-2 to Newcastle. However, they bounced back in their last English Premier League match before this week when beating Arsenal 3-1.
Chelsea’s right their in the top 5 in the EPL Standings. They face a tall order beating Manchester City on Sunday, though. Chelsea bounced back after an 0-3 loss to Bournemouth by dominating Huddersfield Town.
Man City isn’t Huddersfield Town. They’ll beat Chelsea on Sunday.
Soccer Betting Prediction: Manchester City 2, Chelsea 0