Real Madrid look to extend their lead at the top of the table when they take on a side 17 places behind them in the table; Racing Santander who haven’t won in their last four games.

Real Madrid are a full 10 points ahead of their closest rivals Barcelona after the Catalans suffered a 3-2 defeat against Osasuna at the weekend (entirely against predictions). Leagues aren’t over until the fat lady sings, and although she’s got a song sheet in front of her and is clearing her throat, I see no reason for Real Madrid not to try and add to their tally against goal-fodder like Racing.

Cristiano Ronaldo None too shabby

At present, Real Madrid seem to be considered the best team in Spain (and therefore arguably the best team on the planet). They are enjoying a run of seven consecutive La Liga wins and have not dropped a single point since losing to Barcelona in December. They may be second favourites to win the Champions League, second only to Barcelona, but they can take heart from the fact they are comfortably ahead of their Spanish rivals in the table. Real Madrid seem to be a shoe in for La Liga this season, the sportsbookshave them at 1/12 (ahead of Barcelona at 9/1) Racing Santander, by comparison are a full 35 points worse off than Madrid in the Spanish top-flight and are 13/8 to be relegated.

Walking the walk and talking the talk

Real Madrid defender Pepe, spoke volumes when he said, “Each day we get stronger,” in a statement to the Spanish press, “Our team is doing very well. I would like to tell our fans to keep supporting us because each day we have more strength to win things. We have a very good squad, with a lot of quality.”

Praise for Madrid (and their coach) doesn’t just come from within their own ranks as Sao Paulo’s goal scoring  ‘keeper Rogério Ceni was keen to extol “the special one” in a recent statement, “Mourinho is the best coach in the world. He’s been in the elite for years, training important sides like Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid for ten years. He always wins and reaches finals.”

Next up for Jose and Real Madrid is Racing Santander, which should be an absolute milk run for them and the nearest thing you’ll get to a sure thing at the bookmakers. Real Madrid are 1/12 in the soccer odds to win this game, while Racing are 33/1 and a draw, which would still have handicappers scratching their heads, is at 17/2.

Madrid to win is a gutless bet, but backing Racing is a fool’s bet 

It’s quite the understatement to say that Real Madrid are the in-form side in this fixture, they have only lost twice in the league this term (once at home) and somehow they’ve only managed to record a single draw as well. Their away form is notable, with nine wins from 11 games, scoring 30 goals and conceding just six, but their own home form is even more impressive. In the 11 games they’ve played at the Bernabéu, they’ve won 10 and lost just one. They’ve scored 45 goals in those 11 matches conceding 15, that goal difference would suggest a 3-1 victory for Real Madrid which is available at the bookmakers at 10/1.

Much further down the table (in 18th place) sit Racing Santander. The La Liga lame ducks have a very poor record of just four wins in 22 games, only one of which has come away from home. They’ve lost four on their travels scoring 10 goals, but conceding 17. That sort of goal difference would suggest a 2-1 victory for Real Madrid which is available at 12/1.

Recent form suggests that Racing might get a goal; they’ve scored in four of their last five matches, while Real Madrid have only kept a clean sheet in one of their last five. Looking at the last five head-to-head meetings between these two clubs it’s all about Real Madrid, who have won four of the last five encounters between these sides. League position alone would suggest an absolutely one-sided game but it’s interesting to note that the last time the two sides met the game ended all square at 0-0 in September last year, that score is still a longshot with the bookies at 25/1.

Bet with your head

I can’t see any reason not to take Real Madrid as your soccer betting option in this game. The fact that the shortest odds on a Racing win (66/1) are deemed less likely than Madrid winning 7-0 (28/1) just one more reason to put money on the favourites.

Prediction: A real easy win for Real; 2-0 available at 6/1.