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Santiago Bernabéu

18/03/2018 | 7:45 pm

Girona FC

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Santiago Bernabéu

18/03/2018 | 7:45 pm

In a sentence: Real Madrid and Girona face off at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday evening with the home side fighting to stay in the title race.

Last time: A football prediction few would have made as, in the first ever top flight meeting of the sides, Girona recorded a historic 2-1 victory. Despite falling behind to an Isco goal the home side recovered to take all three points with two second half goals.

This time: Real Madird are 1/7 for the win with Girona at 16/1 and the draw is 13/2.

You might remember: At the end of last season Girona were busy earning promotion to La Liga for the first time in their 87 year history while Real Madrid were winning an unprecedented 12th Champions League title.

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Betting Tips and Predictions

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Cristiano Ronaldo will grab the headlines no matter Real Madrid’s form

Real Madrid have found their rhythm in recent weeks and a Los Blancos win will be in the majority of fans’ football betting tips for the weekend.

The reigning European champions have won their last four home league games and scored a whopping 19 in the process. It is now 38 goals in 14 home games so far this season and their visitors Sunday have had their struggles on the road this season. A Real Madrid win here is as easy as La Liga predictions come and odds of 1/7 for a home win are proof of that.

Girona are having a superb first season in La Liga – they currently sit 7th in the table and are fighting for a Europa League spot. Qualifying for Europe would leave the team from Catalonia in dreamland. Its three wins from their last three games with an impressive away win at Villarreal included.

That away win was long overdue, it was Girona’s first since December and only their fourth on the road all season. Despite a win against their hosts earlier in the season the away side are 16/1 to win this one. The stats back up what a tough task they face and a Girona win wont feature in many football predictions this week.

Zidane’s team last drew a home game back in September and it is 13/2 for that to change against Girona. With Madrid’s form being patchy, by their standards, that could be one of the football betting tips for the weekend to keep an eye on.

Naturally it is Cristiano Ronaldo that is favourite to score first – the Portguese superstar is 9/4. Welsh wizard Gareth Bale follows him at 13/5. Cristhian Stuani is Girona’s top scorer with 15 goals so far this season, he is 14/1 to break the deadlock.

Match Summary

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Look out for

As always, Cristiano Ronaldo! Any La Liga preview has to mention the world’s most famous player and he has scored two or more in seven out of his last 10 appearances. Ronaldo is 11/8 to score two or more and 9/2 for the hat-trick. If you want to take a chance on your football predictions, the correct 3-1 score and Ronaldo to bag anytime is 25/1.

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We fancy

With Real Madrid home games in La Liga it’s difficult to find lots of value and an accumulator looks the best way to go. In a multiple bet, back Real Madrid to win and both teams to score, Real Marid to score in both halves and Real Madrid to win both halves. Together they produce odds of just over 5/1, that’s one of the free football betting tips that could be worth backing.

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It’s a long shot, but

Girona to repeat their heroic 2-1 over Real Madrid from earlier in the season won’t be top of people’s football score predictions for this weekend. In football you never know, and it is 40-1 for a 2-1 Girona win.

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Written by Elio Salerno

Elio Salerno is a Peterborough-based family man, Juventus fanatic, football coach and football obsessive. A serial tweeter, Elio counts Alessandro Del Piero’s World Cup 2006 goal against Germany as his favourite in the sport’s history.