TAB Betting Blog: Real Madrid to roll on, Raiders to beat Storm

Spanish Primera Round 35 - Real Madrid vs Alaves (Saturday 6am AEST)

Real Madrid has overtaken Barcelona in the pursuit of the 2019/2020 Spanish Primera title and they can stretch their lead to four points when they host Alaves at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium on Saturday morning.

The Meringues have been terrific since the resumption of the Spanish Primera with seven wins from seven matches.

Since the return of the Primera, Barcelona has secured five wins and three draws, and those draws have allowed Real Madrid to surge past them with one game in hand.

Real Madrid has scored 13 goals in seven fixtures and their defence has been miserly with only two goals conceded. The Meringues have kept a clean sheet in their last four encounters.

Their current form is a far cry from what occurred before the coronavirus-enforced shutdown when they claimed one win - at home to Barcelona - and one draw in four encounters.

Alaves appear safe in the battle to avoid relegation as they have a six-point buffer over 18th-placed Mallorca with four games remaining.

Prior to COVID-19, Alaves were in reasonable form with two wins and three draws in six games.

Since the resumption, Alaves has struggled with only one win from seven clashes and they have scored in two games (three goals) while allowing 14.

Real Madrid has won 11 of their last 12 contests against Alaves and considering the gulf in form between these teams, Real Madrid should be far too good.

Tip Real Madrid to defeat Alaves by two goals or more at $1.68

NRL Round 9 - Canberra vs Melbourne (Saturday 7:35pm AEST)

What an absolute cracker we have on Saturday night between Canberra and Melbourne!

I fancy the Raiders in this one despite them having a few slip ups since the NRL resumed.

Canberra beat Melbourne when the competition re-commenced, racing away to a 22-6 win at AAMI Park to give them three straight wins over the Storm (all at AAMI Park) for the first time in club history. Can they make it four in a row? I think the answer is yes.

Since that win back in Round 3, Ricky Stuart's side has won just two of five encounters but lost narrowly to Parramatta (in golden point) and Manly as well.

With a win over the Dragons last week, I think the Raiders are ready to roll again despite the team carrying a few injuries.

Melbourne were sensational in their come-from-behind win over the Sydney Roosters last week but just how much did that take out of them? There is also the natural 'downer' after coming off such a dramatic win so for mine that could play into Canberra's favour.

There is plenty of value about the Raiders here so that is my tip for the weekend in what should be another absolute epic between the sides. Two of Canberra's three recent wins over Melbourne have been by two and four points respectively, so I expect another tight encounter.

Tip Canberra to defeat Melbourne at $2.10