La Liga Betting Tips
It has been such a busy week of Spanish football that by the conclusion of this round of fixtures on Monday night, there will have been eleven consecutive days of La Liga action. The results continue to throw up surprises, so let’s see where the real money lies in this week’s clashes.
Betis v Malaga
It is the third Andalucian derby in the space of a week for Betis after last Friday’s thrilling draw with Granada and Tuesday’s defeat at Sevilla, with an equaliser incorrectly ruled out for offside. Malaga picked up their first win of the season on Tuesday against Eibar, so this one will be evenly poised. Due to construction work at Estadio Benito Villamarin, no away fans will be present.
Take the draw 3.25 with various – the previous four meetings between the two have been won by a solitary goal either way while Betis have drawn both their home games and Malaga are yet to win away. These odds are generous.
Sporting Gijon v Barcelona
Barca will travel to El Molinon without Lionel Messi while Sergio Busquets is also thought to be unavailable after injuries sustained in Wednesday night’s draw with Atletico Madrid. Barca failed to take advantage of Real Madrid’s slip up at home to Villarreal, while Sporting’s tough week continues after defeats away to Atletico and Celta Vigo.
Ivan Rakitic anytime goalscorer at 4.2 with Unibet – the creative Croatian midfielder has already scored twice this season, in the win in Bilbao and on Wednesday night against Atletico. He will play an influential role in the absence of Messi and always arrives late in the box as a threat.
Athletic Bilbao v Sevilla
Three league wins on the bounce for Athletic Club have transformed their slow start to the season and propelled them into the upper echelons of the division. Sevilla sit second in the table and are unbeaten, yet their winless away run has continued –they astonishingly haven’t won a league game on the road since the 2014/15 season, although they did win at San Mames in last season’s Europe League run.
Aritz Aduriz anytime goalscorer at 2.4 with Betfair – Aduriz has netted four goals in his last three appearances against Sevilla and is finding his goalscoring boots again this campaign as he scored both goals in last week’s win over Valencia. It would be surprising if he doesn’t add to that this week against a Sevilla side often vulnerable from set plays.
Las Palmas v Real Madrid
Real Madrid’s winning streak in La Liga fixtures ended at 16 games as they were held at home by Villarreal on Wednesday – Sergio Ramos netting a header to cancel out the penalty he had conceded just before the break. Casemiro and Marcelo have since been confirmed as unavailable for the next few weeks to leave them potentially exposed at the back. Las Palmas were thrashed at Real Sociedad midweek after Kevin Prince Boateng’s red card, but still sit pretty in the table with nine points from five games.
Over 4.5 goals at 3.5 with Bet Victor – this is a clash between two of the top three goalscoring sides in the league who have netted 25 goals combined in 10 league games this season and both are vulnerable defensively. Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema will start and all are hungry for goals while the hosts carry a significant goal threat of their own. Five goals or more seems tempting.
Leganes v Valencia
Both these teams recorded crucial victories on Thursday night – Leganes picked up an unlikely three points at Deportivo and Valencia, after dismissing coach Pako Ayestaran, put an end to their losing streak as a late Dani Parejo penalty helped them beat Alaves late on. Both these sides therefore enter this clash on a high, but despite the host’s heavy loss at home to Barcelona last week, their start to the campaign has been much more impressive than the manager-less visitors.
Under 1.5 goals 3.25 with Bet365 – Both these sides have struggled up front this season – scoring a combined nine goals across their ten matches, while Leganes held Atletico to a 0-0 here less than a week after edging out a 1-0 victory in Vigo. Their 5-1 loss at home to Barca is something of a fallacy as they unusually and unpredictably changed formation to have a go at their opponents, but this idea seems to have been dispensed with swiftly by coach Garitano.
Atletico Madrid v Deportivo La Coruna
Atletico’s point at Camp Nou on paper looked terrific but in the circumstances (Messi and Busquets going off injured) they could probably have been more adventurous and pushed for a winner. They have maintained their unbeaten start while Depor’s inconsistent one continued with a poor home defeat at the hands of Leganes on Thursday.
Atletico ‘To win to Nil’ 1.8 with Coral – Depor have lost all nine of their previous visits to the Calderon and have scored only once in that time. Atletico have the strongest defensive structure in Europe so a comfortable win to nil against a side who struggle for goals themselves feels almost guaranteed.