Leo Messi and Barcelon

Leo Messi and Barcelona will look to keep pace with Real Madrid on Matchday 6, when they visit Getafe. Photo via Instagram (@fcbarcelona)

  • Spain’s La Liga returns from the international break with a bang on Matchday 6, as three of the power four clubs hit the road for tricky away tests
  • Undefeated Real Madrid are heavy -480 favorites at home against Cadiz, who have impressed in their return to Spain’s top-flight en route to a 2-1-2 record
  • Get all the odds and best bets for Matchday 6 in Spain’s top league below

Betting intrigue abounds in Spain this weekend, with an unexpected marquee matchup pitting second-place Real Betis against third-place Real Sociedad on Sunday (3:00 pm ET) in a battle of two over-performing squads.

Granada and Sevilla have just one loss between them through seven combined matches to begin the season and should put on a show in the opening match of the round on Saturday (7:00 am ET).

Getafe and Barcelona sit level on seven points — though the latter has a game in-hand — entering their clash on Saturday (3:00 pm ET) in suburban Madrid.

La Liga Matchday 6 Odds

Team Moneyline Odds
Granada +320
Sevilla -107
Draw +235
Team Moneyline
Celta Vigo +450
Atletico Madrid -130
Draw +225
Team Moneyline
Real Madrid -480
Cadiz +1200
Draw +575
Team Moneyline
Getafe +390
FC Barcelona -136
Draw +265
Team Moneyline
Eibar +165
Osasuna +195
Draw +200
Team Moneyline
Athletic Bilbao +106
Levante +290
Draw +220
Team Moneyline
Villarreal -155
Valencia +410
Draw +300
Team Moneyline
Alaves -134
Elche +430
Draw +240
Team Moneyline
Huesca +125
Valladolid +265
Draw +200
Team Moneyline
Real Betis +145
Real Sociedad +185
Draw +240

All odds taken  Oct 15 at DraftKings

Pick 1: Granada vs Sevilla

To analyze Granada-Sevilla’s head to head matchups in recent years is to identify streaks.

Julen Lopetegui’s Sevilla swept the two meetings last season, winning 2-0 at home and 1-0 away, and Los Nervionenses have won three in a row in all competitions against Granada; prior to that, however, El Graná won all three meetings in 2016.

Through the back and forth, trends emerged: The Sevilla wins were typically shutouts, while Granada wins featured three or more goals.

Given Granada’s propensity for goal-filled affairs (avg: 3.5/game) and Sevilla’s attacking talent, the ‘Over’ should be a safe bet — though hedging it with a result for the home team might be the play in Matchday 6’s opening contest.

PICK: O 2.5 (+123) OR Granada – Double Chance (-113)

Pick 2: Getafe vs Barcelona

Getafe (2-1-1) is a cultural phenomenon: Jose Bordalas has constructed a team that is exceedingly difficult to break down — their defense was third-best in La Liga last season — and the Madrid-based club appear poised to once again compete for a European spot after missing out by two points last season.

Barcelona (2-1-0) has been its usual dominant self, for the most part, to begin the season, despite off-field turmoil and rumors of unrest within the squad; a 1-1 draw against a credible Sevilla team is the only mark on the record for Ronald Koeman’s blaugrana.

As solid as Getafe has been dating back to the start of 2019-20, the reality is Bordalas’ team struggles against top opponents — and Barça is no different, holding a 22-3 advantage in head-to-head meetings (with six draws).

Saturday’s visitors have won four straight and eight of nine against Getafe; side with history in this one.

PICK: Barcelona (-136)

Pick 3: Real Betis vs Real Sociedad

Both Real Betis (3-0-2) and Real Sociedad (2-2-1) are off to a decent start, though their additional games played — half the league has played fewer than their five matches — certainly skew league position this early in the season.

This is a matchup that has been dominated by the home team over the past two seasons, with Betis winning the two previous meetings at the Estadio Benito Villamarin by 3-0 (Jan. 2020) and 1-0 (Feb. 2018) scorelines; Sociedad won both contests at its home ground via 2-1 and 3-1 decisions in 2019.

Manuel Pellegrini’s Betis has dropped points against Getafe (0-3) and Real Madrid (2-3), while Sociedad has seen points slip against lesser opponents in Valencia (0-1) and Valladolid (1-1) to start the season.

Back the hosts to earn a result at home.

PICK: Betis DNB (-127)

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