La Liga Betting Tips
Celta Vigo v Atletico Madrid
Both sides have stumbled out of the blocks and both have been frustrated by the division’s newcomers. Atletico’s title challenge may end before it ever begins having dropped points to newly promoted Alaves and Leganes, the latter of whom inflicted a shock opening day defeat on Celta, who then went down narrowly at the Bernabeu the following week. So who will get their campaign back on track?
0-0 at half time at 2.5 with PaddyPower – the last five meetings between these two at Balaidos has been scoreless at the break, and it’s been over 13 years since both teams scored in the first half in this fixture. Both sides have scored a combined two goals in their four league fixtures so far, and one of those was a penalty!
Real Madrid v Osasuna
Zinedine Zidane’s men have opened their league campaign with two victories and whilst last time out they sweated to a late win over Celta, they’ll be confident of a rather more straight forward victory this time around. They’ve won their last nine at home to Osasuna, who are back in the top flight after a two-year absence. After a decent opening day draw at Malaga, they went down at home to Real Sociedad in their last game.
Gareth Bale Anytime Goalscorer at 1.67 – Osasuna like to play five across the back, meaning that space will be tight and Madrid’s best chance may fall from set pieces and with the form he is in, how could you bet against Bale?
Sevilla v Las Palmas
The weekend’s most intriguing game is at Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan where table toppers Las Palmas (yes, you read that correctly) are the visitors. Quique Setien’s men picked up an impressive 4-2 opening day win at Valencia before thrashing Granada 5-1 – playing a high-risk, high-speed style of attack. That is reminiscent of the hosts crazy 6-4 win over Espanyol, which they followed up with a poor performance, but decent point, at Villarreal.
Kevin-Prince Boateng Anytime Goalscorer at 9.00 with Stan James – Boating has netted three goals in his opening two games for his new club, and has the perfect attributes to exploit a leaky Sevilla backline, still adapting to Jorge Sampaoli’s new pressing system.
Barcelona v Alaves
Alaves have made an encouraging start to life back at the top table of Spanish football, a spirited point against an Atletico side (who played very well) was followed by a scoreless draw against Sporting Gijon. Their one goal conceded has been a penalty, while Lionel Messi is unlikely to be risked after an injury sustained on international duty. Barcelona hit Betis for six and ground out a hard-fought win at Athletic, so whilst they will be favourites for this one, they’ll have to work hard against a resilient side.
Draw/Barcelona at 5.25 with Betway – A Barcelona home game against a newly promoted side will either offer odds on or unrealistic bets, apart from this one. Alaves are clearly spirited, hard-working and well-drilled defensively. Atletico only broke the deadlock with a last-minute penalty, yet couldn’t see out a win. Barcelona will, but don’t be surprised if they don’t take advantage until the second half.
Valencia v Real Betis
Basement side Valencia had a turbulent summer transfer right up to the last – losing stars Shkodran Mustafi and Paco Alcacer late on, but recruiting Ezequiel Garay, Eliaquim Mangala and Munir too. Their league start has been somewhat traumatic with poor defeats to Las Palmas and Eibar, with some shocking spurned chances. Betis, another side with great change, have earned only a point more in two so-so performances.
Draw at 4.2 with Bet365 – the corresponding fixture ended goalless last season and both sides are out of form, with two sides playing like eleven individuals rather than a team. Odds of neither turning it around on Sunday are tempting.
Deportivo La Coruna v Athletic Club
Depor started the season with an expected home win over Eibar before holding on to a point at Betis, while Athletic went down narrowly to Barca to remain as one of three sides yet to pick up any points. Lucas Perez has finally left the Galicians, with Stoke’s Joselu coming in on a loan. It could be a close encounter at La Riazor.
Deportivo win – 3.64 with Marathon Bet – It has been ten years since Athletic last won at this venue, and the form guide suggests that Depor go into this on a high. It will be interesting to see if new strikers Andone and Joselu can gel quickly, but if they can, these odds look fantastic.
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