Should Levante fail to take anything from their game with Atletico Madrid, then Los Blancos' title hopes will be all but over ahead of their meeting with Valencia on Sunday evening.
Nevertheless, Madrid will want to put in a good showing to round off an historic week having made the Champions League final and bet365 price them at just 1/6 (1.16) for the win. Valencia, for their part, are offered at 14/1 (15.00), while the draw can be backed at 6/1 (7.00).
Los Che have had a deeply disappointing season and their form on the road has been bewildering at best. Juan Antonio Pizzi's men have won just one of their last 11 away matches, yet that victory came at Camp Nou.
That was three months ago, though, and since then Valencia are winless away from Mestalla in La Liga, while Madrid have been formidable at the Bernabeu. Los Blancos are offered at 9/10 (1.90) to win with a -2 goal handicap and that looks like a tempting option.
This bet has paid out in five or Madrid's last six league games in their own stadium and with their devastating goalscoring form showing no signs of a abating, they should be able to be an uninspiring Valencia side by three goals or more.
|Real Madrid to win with a -2 goal handicap at 9/10 (1.90) for a 2.5pt stake at bet365|
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid