La Liga Betting Tips
It’s the final round of LaLiga fixtures before the international break, we will analyse where the money lies in the most intriguing games.
Sevilla v Alaves
Sevilla have won all four of their home games to date across all competitions, with the latest seeing them defeat French giants Lyon in the Champions League. Jorge Sampaoli’s side are much better in front of the intimidating Sanchez Pizjuan side than on their travels, although Alaves – conquerors at Camp Nou – can’t be ruled out. They defeated Granada (which turned out to be Paco Jemez’s last match in charge of the club) last week.
Sevilla to win to nil 2.4 (various)– Sevilla’s previous two home games have been won 1-0 while Alaves have prided themselves on their tight defence rather than a rip-roaring attack. Sevilla shipping four at home to Espanyol on the opening day has changed Sampaoli’s approach and his side’s games have tended to see few goals since.
Valencia v Atletico Madrid
Cesare Prandelli is expected to be announced as the new Valencia boss any day, but he won’t be in charge of this one. Caretaker ‘Voro’ will oversee his final game in charge – he’s won both of this spell and has only lost once across ten games as a manager. Back-to-back league wins has eased Valencia’s fears but Atletico showed they belong in European football’s elite once more as they defeated Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
Atletico to win to nil 3.2 (various)– It’s surprising that such good odds are constantly available for Atletico to win whilst keeping a clean sheet. All five of their victories this season have come with a clean sheet, whilst they’ve conceded only twice across eight games – one was at Camp Nou and the other was in the 93rd minute. This is the most profitable La Liga bet.
Real Madrid v Eibar
Real Madrid may not be in crisis, but there is a concern at the Bernabeu after three straight draws – luckily for them, unlike Villarreal, Las Palmas, and Borussia Dortmund, Eibar have confirmed they won’t be wearing their yellow away strip. Real Madrid should win this relatively comfortably although the absence of Casemiro – the only midfield ‘destroyer’ in the squad – has been predictably huge and has made their defence leaky.
Over 5.5 goals at 4.0 (various) – Madrid have played in two 2-2 draws in the space of a week, but both games could and probably should have seen more goals. Casemiro’s injury has left the side unbalanced – they would expect to score a minimum of three goals in this game but they are not hopeful of keeping Eibar – in fine goalscoring form this season – out. This one could be a goal-fest.
Malaga v Athletic Bilbao
Bilbao have won four La Liga games on the trot and are the form team in the league. However, all four games they were favourite to win and none were convincing victories, so it’s worth bearing that in mind. It’s also worth considering that Malaga were many people’s tip for a European spot this season and whilst they’ve started unspectacularly, with only one win, they are always tough to beat – especially at La Rosaleda.
Take the Draw at 3.2 (various) – This game will be close and whilst Athletic have the form, Malaga carry the home advantage and this is a long and exhausting away trip for the Basques. Both sides will settle for a point and with those odds, it looks a no-thrills but safe option.
Celta Vigo v Barcelona
This game produced arguably the scoreline of last season as Celta not only defeated Barcelona but tore them apart with a 4-1 victory. The year before, Barca needed a late goal to beat the 10-men of Celta whilst earlier in that season Barca tasted defeat at the hands of the Galicians at the Camp Nou and without Messi, this represents a really tough task.
Take the Draw at 5.0 (various) – Eduardo Berizzo is a coach with an excellent record against Barcelona with two victories from the last four encounters. To make it three in five would be even better but the hosts would take a draw in this, and whilst Barca may not with the state the league table is in, the context of the match would mean it is a bad result for neither. 4/1 represents tremendous value.